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.
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.
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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.