An Eichler Masterpiece in Lucas Valley

Everybody wants one of these classic midcentury-modern homes. This just may be the perfect example of the form.

Photo By Re/Max Those floor-to-ceiling windows are central to the Eichler experience, connecting the inside to the outside effortlessly. 

Houses designed by the developer Joseph Eichler hold a particular fascination for Bay Area residents. They represent the best of midcentury-modern design, and a new wave of retro-minded Eich-tivists have made it their mission to restore, preserve and joyously live in these so-fab prefab neighborhoods.

So when one comes up for sale, you'd better believe there's interest. This one is located in Lucas Valley, a development built in the mid-1960s, and is one of the few Eichler developments with its own horse stables. It is considered the pinnacle of his legacy — not just designed when he was at his peak, but bought and maintained by a like-minded community.

The design of the subdivision is a particularly good example of the Bay Area tradition of building to the environment: The houses are designed with low rooflines, bound by a creek with quirky bridges to one side and hills (in view of this home) to the other.

Per Eichler's design, there are no streetlights or poles in the neighborhood, so each night means a full-on planetarium show overhead. Underground lines link the homes; cable TV and Internet are provided, at below-market rates, by the homeowner's association.

While many Eichlers suffer from neglect, this is not one of them: Upgrades in 1999 and 2004 adhered to the neighborhood council's demands for authenticity while adding thoroughly modern conveniences, such as motorized skylights, insulation, upgraded electrical systems and garage-door openers.

All in all, it's one of the best of the best: not just an Eichler, but a fixed-up Eichler in a close-knit community.

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