In the years after World War II, developer Joseph Eichler churned out some 11,000 homes in California. In the words of NPR, he “built the suburbs in style.” He also injected architectural vision into California’s home tracts, citing Frank Lloyd Wright as his own inspiration.
Even more than 40 years after his death, Eichler’s name has a cult following (including some intent on living the majority of their lives in his homes) and serves as a byword for the signature style he favored: single-story 20th-century homes with gigantic windows, sloping roofs, long and low-slung profiles, and freedom of mobility between rooms and with outside yards.
Though realtors will often present a listing as a “rare Eichler,” the fact is the Bay Area practically teems with the handiwork of the prolific developer. Here are just 16 of the best of the best that are on the market right now.
- Eichler Built the Suburbs [NPR]
- Aged In Comfort [Eichler Network]
- Joseph Eichler [Curbed SF]
- How Postwar Icon Joseph Eichler Built a Suburb in the Middle of San Francisco [Curbed SF]