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Mid-Century + Modern Architecture

Buildings and architecture of mid-century modern and/or modern contemporary design.

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Eichler Home Tour in Marin CountyOn May 19th we will be hosting a MARIN EICHLER HOME TOUR, the first tour of its kind in Marin County in nearly 10 years!  This will be an incredible event which will feature:

  • A curated and diverse group of 12 Eichler Homes (including my own home!), each one an exemplar of its model.
  • design raffle including fabulous items worth thousands of dollars from design-savvy sponsors and donors including Design Within Reach (DWR), Heath Ceramics, Henrybuilt, Spot on Square, Rypen & more. 
  • Networking opportunities with an incredible group of event sponsors that are experts in their specific field. 

All event proceeds will benefit the local school district so use this opportunity to see some fabulous Eichler homes and support our local schools!

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Mid-Century Modernized Eichler

Just in time for Spring, here’s the Eichler you’ve been waiting for perfectly blending the best of mid-century & modern living! 

4106 Wilson Lane is a pristine, highly-desired atrium model Eichler home located in the Rancho Del Diablo community of Concord.  This 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,795 SF living/7,280 SF lot (per tax records) Eichler has all of the famous hallmarks of mid-century character like post and beam architecture, globe lights, floor-ceiling glass, in-floor radiant heating, but also has been majorly updated with modern amenities and design.

Imagine a high-tech, smart-home lifestyle with the ability to set the heat and lighting on your spa, ignite the fireplace, and adjust the interior mini-split

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This promises to be a great weekend for anyone looking for an Eichler in Marin or the East Bay. On Sunday Marin Modern Real Estate and East Bay Modern Real Estate will be hosting a fun and informative workshop for anyone contemplating the purchase of an Eichler in Marin County or the East Bay. Speakers will include me (Renee Adelmann), Kenneth Fox (broker associate with East Bay Modern), and Nicholas Ballard (Mortgage Advisor with Pinnacle Capital Mortgage Corporation). We will cover just about everything you want to know about buying and/or owning an Eichler in Marin or the East Bay, including information about Eichler neighborhoods; the home buying process, including financing; advice on how to make a winning offer in a competitive real estate

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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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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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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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The controversy regarding home renovations in Eichler neighborhoods that keeps resurfacing in Palo Alto looks like it might have wandered south to a Mackay neighborhood in Santa Clara. More specifically, the ongoing debate revolving around whether a second story addition to an Eichler is appropriate has recently become an issue in a Mackay community in Santa Clara.

With low pitched rooflines, post-and-beam construction and large expanses of windows, Mackay homes are very similar to Eichler homes; and, in fact, during the 1950s John Mackay was one of Joseph Eichlers biggest competitors, building homes in Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Santa Clara. Like many Eichler neighborhoods, residents in Mackay enclaves want to insure that the MCM aesthetic is

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One hundred years ago, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco opened its doors to the world in celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal (as well as to show that San Francisco was back on its feet after the 1906 earthquake). This year the city marks the 100th anniversary of the expo with enough exhibits and programs that just about all of us are bound to find something of interest!

An event that I think will be of particular interest to all of you MCM and/or funky-architecture fans out there is tomorrow night’s presentation by Jim Heimann. (In case you are wondering who Jim Heimann is, he is an author, historian, and the guru of California’s roadside vernacular architecture.)

Heimann’s illustrated talk will take

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While the only “real” Eichler homes (with the exception of the 3 New York Eichlers) are in California, a developer in Denver put his own spin on Eichler’s Mid-Century, California Modern style with two 1950s subdivisions that could transport you to a California Eichler neighborhood.

Built in the 1950s, Krisana Park and Lynwood are southeast Denver neighborhoods that are virtual treasure troves of Eichler inspired Mid-Century homes. With low-pitched roofs, open floor plans, courtyards, post-and-beam construction and walls of glass that merge inside with outdoors, the 175 homes in Krisana Park and 80 Lynwood homes resemble bona fide Eichlers in just about every detail.

Dubbed as Denver’s “Best Mod 50’s Neighborhood”, Krisana Park was built in the

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