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
The South Bay is the birthplace of California Modern architecture as interpreted by Joseph Eichler and his associates. Its temperate coastal climate and progressive attitudes made the South Bay the perfect setting for Eichler’s free flowing spaces and the carefree indoor/outdoor lifestyle his homes suggest. From the first homes built by Eichler in Sunnyvale in 1949 to the last home he built in Palo Alto in 1974, the South Bay chronicles the evolution of the Eichler home.
There are more than 5000 Eichler homes in the South Bay. Palo Alto leads the pack with 20+ Eichler tracts, including two - Greenmeadow and Green Gables - that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Sunnyvale, with 1100 Eichlers, is the home of the first Eichler homes ever built, as well as the first architect-designed Eichlers, which are located in Sunnyvale Manor Addition.
Some of the most unique South Bay Eichlers are located in Stanford where, in addition to homes designed by the more commonly used Anshen + Allen, Jones & Emmons, and Claude Oakland, there are Eichlers designed by Aaron Green, Pietro Belluschi, and John Brooks Boyd. Another interesting Eichler development is Santa Clara’s Pomeroy Green and Pomeroy West condo/co-op developments.
San Jose, Mountain View, and Cupertino are all well represented in the Eichler community with several sizeable Eichler neighborhoods in these cities. The smallest Eichler presence is in the towns of Los Altos, Saratoga, and Monte Sereno. Most of the Los Altos, Saratoga, and Monte Sereno homes were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s and include a few custom or semi-custom Eichlers.
Visit these sites to learn more about the Eichler communities in the South Bay: