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Heath Ceramics has long been celebrated for innovative design and a tradition of “form follows function” handcrafted stoneware. Founded in 1948 in Sausalito, Heath has expanded with the addition of a tile factory and retail showroom in San Francisco as well as Los Angeles.

The simple elegant design of Heath dinnerware, from the original Heath Coupe Line (modernism at its best) to the newest addition to its line make it a popular choice for Eichler and other MCM and contemporary enthusiasts, as well as those with traditional taste. In addition to dinnerware, Heath showcases household and decorative items designed by kindred artisans from around the world.

If you’ve always wanted to own some Heath pottery – or want to add to your collection,

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Question: What do Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Joseph Eichler have in common?

Answer:  The Lucas Valley in Marin County, home to 1200+ Eichler homes and the Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra.

The beautiful Lucas Valley in Marin County has a lot going for it; a bucolic setting, two well-preserved Eichler neighborhoods, and the Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra (LVCO). While Upper Lucas Valley and Marinwood are well known Eichler communities, the LVCO has been a bit of a well kept secret – but the word is getting out.

The Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra began in 2011 when a group of Lucas Valley residents invited a few friends and fellow musicians to get together and make music. Today it is a proudly self-directed group of 34 Bay Area

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If you love architectural tours and are always looking for an excuse to visit the Napa wine country, but you missed out on the Napa Valley Designer Showhouse this weekend, don’t despair; there is still time to join Traditional Home for their annual showcase before the event ends on November 15.  And if you are in a partying mood, tickets are still available for the gala wrap party on Friday, November 13.

This year’s affair is centered on Randolph Street in downtown Napa. The three featured properties for the 2015 tour include the renovated carriage house and gardens of an 1860 Victorian (which is now a top rated B&B), an historic bungalow, and a restored Tudor Revival home owned by winemaker Drew Neiman of Neiman Cellars. Tours are happening 7 days

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If you are looking for a stylish atrium-model Eichler home in the East Bay, come take a look at this new listing in Walnut Creek. Bold color and design as well as energy efficient upgrades - including new dual-pane glass, foam roof, HVAC, and an EV charging station - are all part of the package for this stunning Walnut Creek Eichler. Contemporary design carries through to the outside with an amazing yard that features an outdoor kitchen, fire pit and an organic raised bed vegetable garden. You can check out the listing online at 2715 San Carlos Drive – or better yet come see it in person at the next open house.

  • What: Open House
  • When: Thursday, October 22, 2015; 6 pm – 8 pm AND Sunday, October 25, 2015: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Where: 2715 San Carlos
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California has a reputation for some pretty wild and wacky architectural trends, many of which were noted by the late, great Huell Howser in his California’s Gold TV series. In filming California’s Gold, Howser traveled the length and breadth of the Golden State taking note of places, events, and people that captured his interest. One of his early road trips took him along the famed Route 66 to Newberry Springs where he didn’t find the buffalo, pistachios, or ostriches he was expecting – but he did find a home that is one of those only-in-California kind of places.

When the home on Silver Valley Road came up for sale last month, it captured my interest, not only because it had once been owned by Huell Howser, but because the Volcano House is a

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I'm so excited about my newest Eichler listing!  It's a beautifully remodeled Eichler home in the Lucas Valley. Located at 2050 Huckleberry in Marinwood, this 4-bedroom / 2-bath home maintains the Eichler spirit with many original Mid-Century Eichler features while firmly planting its feet in the 21st Century with an updated kitchen, remodeled bathrooms, and upgraded electrical service, heating, and hot water heater.

Features of this Marinwood Eichler for sale include:

  • An elegant Eichler atrium
  • Designer features throughout, including custom paint and sleek Japanese-style sliding closet doors
  • Contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, a deep sink and open eat-in kitchen island
  • A large 2-car garage
  • A
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Thinking about buying an Eichler home in the East Bay?  If so, you won’t want to miss the free Eichler-specific workshop we are presenting later this month.  Hosted by East Bay Modern Real Estate, the workshop will cover all aspects of purchasing an Eichler home in the East Bay. Our past Eichler workshops have met with rave reviews – and this one promises to be the best yet!

Topics covered will include:

  • An overview of Eichler neighborhoods in the East Bay – including pricing trends
  • Financing options
  • Advice on presenting a competitive offer
  • What to expect when purchasing an Eichler home in the East Bay
  • Words of wisdom about living in an Eichler
  • And more… Stay tuned for updated details

Participation is limited to

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October is a great month to buy according to big data firm RealtyTrac.   Learn why and then contact us at 1-415-EICHLER (415-342-4537) or email us for assistance with your real estate needs!

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Today is the last day to get in on Early Bird Pricing for the 2015 Silicon Valley Home Tour and this is an event you won’t want to miss.  Showcasing four contemporary homes in Palo Alto and Los Altos, the October 10, 2015 tour is self-guided and bike-able for those so inclined.  Maps will be provided on tour day for route suggestions.

Each of the homes is uniquely contemporary, but all embrace the theme that Joseph Eichler made popular with his California, indoor-outdoor style 50 years ago. Three of the homes are in Palo Alto; one, created by Arkin Tilt Architects, is a home designed for sustainable living with a goal of net zero energy. This interesting home also brings the iconic butterfly roof into present-day design.

House #2 is an

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The iconic Mid-Century butterfly roof embodies the form follows function principle of modern architecture. Its breezy silhouette has a definitely modernist space-age personality; but the style isn’t all beauty and no brains. The inverted gable roof has a few eco-friendly traits that include rooflines open to allow natural light flow inside and the valley formed where the wings meet concentrates rainwater. Put a couple of barrels under the “V” and you’ve got a rainwater collection system. (Especially attractive right now in drought stricken California!)

While other architects dabbled with the butterfly roof concept, it was pretty much a custom home feature until architect William Krisel introduced it to Palm Springs in the late 1950s – and the rest

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