Mid-Century Modern In Sacramento – 62 Eichlers + Lots of Strengs
If you are looking for a Mid-Century Modern field trip, might I suggest heading to Sacramento and taking a look at the fine collection of Eichler and Streng homes that the area has to offer?
Sacramento was Joseph Eichler’s first venture outside of the Bay Area. Built in the mid-1950s, South Land Park Hills was originally slated to be a neighborhood of 143 Eichler homes, although only 62 were actually built. The Sacramento Eichlers can be found on South Land Park Drive, Fordham Way, and Oakridge Way. Ironically, there are no Eichlers to be found on nearby Eichler Street!
It would be a pity to take the drive to the Capital City and not check out some of the other Mid-Century Modern homes that Sacramento has to offer. Eichler wasn’t the only developer attracted to the Central Valley. The Streng Brothers were also busy building in the area during the 1960s and ‘70s. Working primarily with architect Carter Sparks, Jim and Bill Streng worked in the California Modern style that Eichler had popularized, giving their homes a very Eichleresque look. Streng homes can be found in several neighborhoods including Wilhaggin, where the first Streng atrium models were built. The 150 Streng homes in Wilhaggin can be found along American River Drive, Crondall Drive, and North River Way. Other Streng tracts are located in South Natomas (River City Commons) just west of Truxel Road; Evergreen Commons in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento; and Shelfield Oaks in nearby Carmichael.
If you find yourself with time left after your Sacramento home tour, you might want to stop by Davis on your way home. Streng Brothers also built several hundred modern homes in Davis – but that’s another story for another day. Me, I think I’ll opt for a nice lunch by the river and plan on another field trip to take in the Davis Mid-Century Mod homes.