YES --- there ARE such a thing as two-story Eichler Homes! We wanted to start this post by letting folks know that "original" 2-story Eichlers DO exist. The reason we wanted to lead with this definitive statement is because everytime ...Read More
Flanked by the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, the Peninsula region of the San Francisco Bay Area provides the perfect setting and an ideal climate for the California lifestyle that Joseph Eichler envisioned when he began building the innovative Mid-Century Modern homes that blurred the lines between the indoors and outdoors with open floor plans and walls of glass.
The Eichler aesthetic had its beginnings in Hillsborough where Eichler and his family lived in a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home that served as inspiration for the homes that Joseph Eichler would build throughout the Bay Area. Many years later, Eichler would come full circle and return to Hillsborough where he built a custom Claude Oakland designed home for himself and his family.
Eichler began building on the Peninsula in the early 1950s. By the late 1960s, Eichler had built 1500 homes in eight Peninsula cities. Classic early-era Eichler housing tracts can be found in Menlo Park, Ladera, Redwood City, and Atherton. The Mills Estates Eichler neighborhood in Burlingame and three Foster City Eichler tracts have newer homes, circa the mid-1960s.
The Highlands, in San Mateo, was built over an eleven year time span, beginning in the mid-1950s. San Mateo Highlands is Eichler’s largest subdivision and features several interesting homes including unusual 2-story Eichlers, as well as the Jones & Emmons designed X-100 steel framed exhibition house and the “Life House”, designed by Pietro Belluschi.
There are a number of custom Eichler homes scattered throughout the Peninsula, including a few Claude Oakland designs in Hillsborough and several homes in Portola Valley, just west of Ladera. Another custom Eichler of note is the Anshen + Allen designed Atherton home where Joseph Eichler and his family lived from 1951 to 1965.
Visit these sites to learn more about the Eichler communities on the Peninsula: