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Mapping 16 Eichlers for sale in the Bay Area

A sweet 16 pack from everyone’s favorite 20th-century developer

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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.

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1. 26 Mount Whitney Drive

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26 Mt Whitney Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903

This sprawling five-bed, two-bath, 1962 home has been hiding off the market for nearly 20 years. Its nearly 2,000 square feet puts the signature Eichler atrium smack in the middle of the house. Although Eichler’s homes became famous in part for their relative affordability to the middle class, now a place like this can ask more than $1.58 million.

Photo courtesy of Renee Adelmann, Marin Modern Real Estate

2. 625 Idylberry Road

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625 Idylberry Rd
San Rafael, CA 94903

Whereas this four-bed, two-bath place from 1957 sports a rambling exterior with some surprisingly small windows that then gives way to an expansive, path-filled garden. Thanks to the drought years, the gardens of NorCal Eichlers now look an awful lot like they’ve been transplanted from his many SoCal homes. $939,000 is the going price on this one.

Courtesy of Joe Bondanza, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty

3. 2180 Elderberry Lane

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2180 Elderberry Ln
San Rafael, CA 94903

A clean and serene four-bed, three-bath Marin home now asking $975,000. Realtor Renee Adelmann pushes the period details—the period in this case being 1958—including “Philippine Mahogony walls, globe lights, walls of glass, original cabinetry, and [...] original Japanese style closet doors.”

Photo courtesy of Renee Adelmann

4. 727 Appleberry Drive

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727 Appleberry Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903

Just a couple of blocks away another four bed house (with two baths this time) from 1958 appears to be all garage and nothing else from the curb. But that nearly invisible curb profile disguises a brilliant and beautiful atrium with peaked skylights inside. The asking price here: $739,000.

Photo via Tour Factory

5. 21 Ayala Court

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21 Ayala Ct
San Rafael, CA 94903

While here’s a four-bed, three-bath 1960 Eichler that’s looking to double its money, selling for just $660,000 in 2015 but now listed for an intimidating $1.35 million after a renovation bumped its midcentury look up into the 21s century.

Photo courtesy of Renee Adelmann, Marin Modern Real Estate

6. 4136 Sacramento Street

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4136 Sacramento St
Concord, CA 94521

The ad for this four-bed, two-bath 1963 Eichler claims that its “highly desirable open air atrium” was “limited to only select Eichler models.” The Eichler obsessives over at the Eichler Network have posed the question before whether Eichler’s atriums really qualify as atriums at all, which verges on an existential question.

Photo courtesy of Mona Koussa, eHomeSurf,

7. 999 Green Street

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999 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94133

But probably most famous is the Eichler building at 999 Green Street, a towering affair dubbed the Summit. Several homes here have come up in 2017, including a one-two pair on the 22nd floor for $2.1 million.

Photo courtesy of Craig Ackerman

8. 66 Clearly Court

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66 Cleary Ct
San Francisco, CA 94109

Let it not be said that Eichler was a one-trick pony. Though famous now for his single-story homes (with occasional two-story mutations when space demanded it), he had his hand in several larger multi-family buildings in the city as well, designed by Jones & Emmons. Right now four three-bed, two-bath condos in the building are for sale for between $875K and $1.09 million.

Photo courtesy of Cleary Court

9. 190 Amber Drive

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190 Amber Dr
San Francisco, CA 94131

But there’s still room for a classic Eichler home in the city--quite a lot of room, as it turns out, in the firm of a four-bed, two-and-a-half bath, 2,500-square-foot 1962 offering asking $1.79 million. Bonus: It’s a rare two-story offering.

Photo courtesy of Lamisse Droubi, Compass

10. 5954 Greenridge Road

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5954 Greenridge Rd
Castro Valley, CA 94552

This Greenridge road neighbor repeat the mid-roof peak motif but continue it across the entire house, even giving way to a peaked atrium opening in the middle of the five-bed, two-bath 1963 pad now angling for $1.15 million.

Photo courtesy of Ela Strong, BHHS Drysdale

11. 5877 Highwood Road

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5877 Highwood Rd
Castro Valley, CA 94552

There’s something very jaunty and almost defiant about that single peak in the roof above the entryway, as if this five-bed, two-bath house from 1962 is putting its all into one big statement to avoid being overlooked. Although it’s among the most old-fashioned of the present crop of Eichlers and the decor needs attention, it still vies for a $1 million asking price.

Photo by courtesy Henry Gannett, Park Place

12. 239 Argonaut Avenue

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239 Argonaut Ave
San Francisco, CA 94134

One of Eichler’s notable contributions to San Francisco proper is this track of double-decker brick homes from 1962 in Visitacion Valley that cluster into a kind of miniature neighborhood in themselves. This latest four-bed, two-and-a-half bath offering listed for $688,000, with an offer currently pending. Which means that, yes, strangely enough, the city itself offers some of the most affordable Eichler homes in the region. Who knew?

Photo courtesy of Trent Zhu, BHG J.F. Finnegan Realtors

13. 5392 Crown Court

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5392 Crown Ct
Castro Valley, CA 94552

The streets address is a particularly lucky break for this three-bed, two-bath 1960 home, as the glow in the windows from the rear of the house does indeed put one in mind of a glittering crown when lit up at night. The front offers a much more reserved shingled set-up. The royal price set in April was just over $1 million, and an offer is pending but hasn’t finalized for several weeks.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Westfall, Alain Pinel

14. 2058 Edgewood Drive

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2058 Edgewood Dr
Palo Alto, CA 94303

How fast does an Eichler appreciate? This four-bed, two-bath Palo Alto property from 1956 tripled its money the last time it was on the market, taking $1.2 million in 2006, up from $385,000 in 1992 (although that’s about $685K after inflation). Its present $2.59 million is by comparison less ambitious.

Photo courtesy of Jim and Jimmy NappoAlain Pinel Realtors

15. 3433 Kenneth Drive

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3433 Kenneth Dr
Palo Alto, CA 94303

The latest ad for this four-bed, two-and-a-half bath, dual-level shingled 1957 home doesn’t mention its Eichler pedigree, but Eichler enthusiast Mark Easterday at Eichler Homes has it tagged as one of Joe’s. For $2.45 million, probably a good idea to get it in writing.

Photo courtesy of Annette Smith, Sotheby’s

16. 4046 Ben Lomond Drive

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4046 Ben Lomond Dr
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Here’s a three-bed, two-bath 1955 Eichler that promotes its interiors as both “timeless” but also “renovated,” which seems contradictory. But as the existence of mid-century architecture in suburbs in the first place illustrates, there’s no holding back progress. Hence the $2.39 million price.

Photo courtesy of Timothy Foy, Midtown Realty

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1. 26 Mount Whitney Drive

26 Mt Whitney Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903
Photo courtesy of Renee Adelmann, Marin Modern Real Estate

This sprawling five-bed, two-bath, 1962 home has been hiding off the market for nearly 20 years. Its nearly 2,000 square feet puts the signature Eichler atrium smack in the middle of the house. Although Eichler’s homes became famous in part for their relative affordability to the middle class, now a place like this can ask more than $1.58 million.

26 Mt Whitney Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903

2. 625 Idylberry Road

625 Idylberry Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903
Courtesy of Joe Bondanza, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty

Whereas this four-bed, two-bath place from 1957 sports a rambling exterior with some surprisingly small windows that then gives way to an expansive, path-filled garden. Thanks to the drought years, the gardens of NorCal Eichlers now look an awful lot like they’ve been transplanted from his many SoCal homes. $939,000 is the going price on this one.

625 Idylberry Rd
San Rafael, CA 94903

3. 2180 Elderberry Lane

2180 Elderberry Ln, San Rafael, CA 94903
Photo courtesy of Renee Adelmann

A clean and serene four-bed, three-bath Marin home now asking $975,000. Realtor Renee Adelmann pushes the period details—the period in this case being 1958—including “Philippine Mahogony walls, globe lights, walls of glass, original cabinetry, and [...] original Japanese style closet doors.”

2180 Elderberry Ln
San Rafael, CA 94903

4. 727 Appleberry Drive

727 Appleberry Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903
Photo via Tour Factory

Just a couple of blocks away another four bed house (with two baths this time) from 1958 appears to be all garage and nothing else from the curb. But that nearly invisible curb profile disguises a brilliant and beautiful atrium with peaked skylights inside. The asking price here: $739,000.

727 Appleberry Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903

5. 21 Ayala Court

21 Ayala Ct, San Rafael, CA 94903
Photo courtesy of Renee Adelmann, Marin Modern Real Estate

While here’s a four-bed, three-bath 1960 Eichler that’s looking to double its money, selling for just $660,000 in 2015 but now listed for an intimidating $1.35 million after a renovation bumped its midcentury look up into the 21s century.

21 Ayala Ct
San Rafael, CA 94903

6. 4136 Sacramento Street

4136 Sacramento St, Concord, CA 94521
Photo courtesy of Mona Koussa, eHomeSurf,

The ad for this four-bed, two-bath 1963 Eichler claims that its “highly desirable open air atrium” was “limited to only select Eichler models.” The Eichler obsessives over at the Eichler Network have posed the question before whether Eichler’s atriums really qualify as atriums at all, which verges on an existential question.

4136 Sacramento St
Concord, CA 94521

7. 999 Green Street

999 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Photo courtesy of Craig Ackerman

But probably most famous is the Eichler building at 999 Green Street, a towering affair dubbed the Summit. Several homes here have come up in 2017, including a one-two pair on the 22nd floor for $2.1 million.

999 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94133

8. 66 Clearly Court

66 Cleary Ct, San Francisco, CA 94109
Photo courtesy of Cleary Court

Let it not be said that Eichler was a one-trick pony. Though famous now for his single-story homes (with occasional two-story mutations when space demanded it), he had his hand in several larger multi-family buildings in the city as well, designed by Jones & Emmons. Right now four three-bed, two-bath condos in the building are for sale for between $875K and $1.09 million.

66 Cleary Ct
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. 190 Amber Drive

190 Amber Dr, San Francisco, CA 94131
Photo courtesy of Lamisse Droubi, Compass

But there’s still room for a classic Eichler home in the city--quite a lot of room, as it turns out, in the firm of a four-bed, two-and-a-half bath, 2,500-square-foot 1962 offering asking $1.79 million. Bonus: It’s a rare two-story offering.

190 Amber Dr
San Francisco, CA 94131

10. 5954 Greenridge Road

5954 Greenridge Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94552
Photo courtesy of Ela Strong, BHHS Drysdale

This Greenridge road neighbor repeat the mid-roof peak motif but continue it across the entire house, even giving way to a peaked atrium opening in the middle of the five-bed, two-bath 1963 pad now angling for $1.15 million.

5954 Greenridge Rd
Castro Valley, CA 94552

11. 5877 Highwood Road

5877 Highwood Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94552
Photo by courtesy Henry Gannett, Park Place

There’s something very jaunty and almost defiant about that single peak in the roof above the entryway, as if this five-bed, two-bath house from 1962 is putting its all into one big statement to avoid being overlooked. Although it’s among the most old-fashioned of the present crop of Eichlers and the decor needs attention, it still vies for a $1 million asking price.

5877 Highwood Rd
Castro Valley, CA 94552

12. 239 Argonaut Avenue

239 Argonaut Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
Photo courtesy of Trent Zhu, BHG J.F. Finnegan Realtors

One of Eichler’s notable contributions to San Francisco proper is this track of double-decker brick homes from 1962 in Visitacion Valley that cluster into a kind of miniature neighborhood in themselves. This latest four-bed, two-and-a-half bath offering listed for $688,000, with an offer currently pending. Which means that, yes, strangely enough, the city itself offers some of the most affordable Eichler homes in the region. Who knew?

239 Argonaut Ave
San Francisco, CA 94134

13. 5392 Crown Court

5392 Crown Ct, Castro Valley, CA 94552
Photo courtesy of Thomas Westfall, Alain Pinel

The streets address is a particularly lucky break for this three-bed, two-bath 1960 home, as the glow in the windows from the rear of the house does indeed put one in mind of a glittering crown when lit up at night. The front offers a much more reserved shingled set-up. The royal price set in April was just over $1 million, and an offer is pending but hasn’t finalized for several weeks.

5392 Crown Ct
Castro Valley, CA 94552

14. 2058 Edgewood Drive

2058 Edgewood Dr, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Photo courtesy of Jim and Jimmy NappoAlain Pinel Realtors

How fast does an Eichler appreciate? This four-bed, two-bath Palo Alto property from 1956 tripled its money the last time it was on the market, taking $1.2 million in 2006, up from $385,000 in 1992 (although that’s about $685K after inflation). Its present $2.59 million is by comparison less ambitious.

2058 Edgewood Dr
Palo Alto, CA 94303

15. 3433 Kenneth Drive

3433 Kenneth Dr, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Photo courtesy of Annette Smith, Sotheby’s

The latest ad for this four-bed, two-and-a-half bath, dual-level shingled 1957 home doesn’t mention its Eichler pedigree, but Eichler enthusiast Mark Easterday at Eichler Homes has it tagged as one of Joe’s. For $2.45 million, probably a good idea to get it in writing.

3433 Kenneth Dr
Palo Alto, CA 94303

16. 4046 Ben Lomond Drive

4046 Ben Lomond Dr, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Photo courtesy of Timothy Foy, Midtown Realty

Here’s a three-bed, two-bath 1955 Eichler that promotes its interiors as both “timeless” but also “renovated,” which seems contradictory. But as the existence of mid-century architecture in suburbs in the first place illustrates, there’s no holding back progress. Hence the $2.39 million price.

4046 Ben Lomond Dr
Palo Alto, CA 94306