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Eichler homes to be built again – first since 1973

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on January 7, 2013

original tract of Eichler homes

Emails Monique Lombardelli, owner of Modern Homes Reality in Menlo Park and producer of a documentary film about Joseph Eichler:

“I signed with the Eichler family to formally bring back Eichler Homes Development Corp. The last Eichlers were built in 1973.

“Original Eichlers will now be built again, but up to todays standard codes and they will be LEED certified. I noticed a huge market of buyers wanting an Eichler and minimal inventory. So many architects are brilliant and out of work. Design creates a solution!  As the owner of Eichler Homes Development Corp, I will be hiring five architects as Eichler did to build this dream.

My goal is to bring back Eichler Homes how Joseph Eichler left it, with the same marketing, the same principles of form, and function and affordability.”
First built in 1947, Eichlers are mostly one-story houses of about 2,000 square feet with glass walls, post-and-beam construction, and open floor plans. The exterior features flat roofs and vertical 2-inch pattern wood siding, with straight geometric lines. There are about 50 Eichlers in Menlo Park and 20 in Atherton.
Photo of original Eichler tract in Balboa Highlands in Southern California supplied by Monique Lombardelli.

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Michael Mason January 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

We live in Sacramento, Ca. Any chance of having one built here?

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darrell January 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

Sure. All you have to do is sign an agreement and have the money.
Doesn’t have to be by this man. As an architect its not difficult to design a modern house like an Eichler. The problem seems to be people stepping up and simply asking for it to be built.

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Tom D February 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm

FYI- That’s my house in the center of your picture..photo taken in 1963
It was one of 4 Models built prior to sales in the Balboa Highlands
development…I’m the second owner and Mr Eichler and the Architecture firms of Jones/Emmons & Associates AIA of LA and Claude Oakland AIA
of San Francisco really had a great vision on suburban housing…love the idea of the interior and exterior visually merging.
Good Luck, I hope you can revive the concept.

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