Portola Valley + Ladera Eichler Homes
Many of the Eichler homes in the Portola Valley area can be found in Ladera, a small community that is to the northeast of Portola Valley. Although the original site plan called for building homes throughout the neighborhood, most of the original Eichlers built in Ladera are in Unit 1 on Aliso Way and a few on La Mesa Drive. There is also a smattering of customized Eichler homes in the hills of Portola Valley.
Originally planned as a larger tract to be constructed in several phases, only a handful of Eichlers were actually built in Ladera – although Ladera has many Mid-century homes that resemble Eichlers. Constructed from plans by Jones & Emmons, the Ladera Eichlers were 3 and 4 bedroom models, advertised as being “a small group of large and luxurious homes”. Some of Joseph Eichler’s first split-level and two story homes were built in Ladera.
As a note of interest: Ladera was the first collaboration between Joseph Eichler and Jones and Emmons. Although Eichler did not complete the Ladera project, many of the concepts of community planning carried over into future developments.
Portola Valley + Ladera Eichlers – Fast Facts
Eichler Homes Built: 25 Year(s) Built: 1951 - 1965
Architect(s): Jones & Emmons