Joseph Eichler was a local real-estate developer responsible for developing homes steeped in the modern architecture of the 40s-60s for residential home buyers in the San Francisco Bay Area. I did not grow up in an Eichler home, sadly, but I have been fortunate to visit a few and I think they are fab.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure, if I can use that word, of being part of a cleaning team to help get a local Eichler home ready for sale. This Eichler appeared to be a 4 bedroom with kitchen, living room, sizable office/den, 2 full baths and a small sort of bonus room of off the kitchen whose use could not figure out. (See first picture below.)
The globe-shaped light-bulb covers are all period. Each room had built-in closets with sliding doors that appeared to be covered in a sort of burlap material. I think that the previous owners must have had a pet that liked to scratch things because most of the closet doors looked abysmal, so no photos to show.
As I was cleaning with a set of sliding glass doors open (it was a bit hot inside the house), I was immediately struck by how loudly the planes were flying overhead. They almost sounded as if they were on top of the house; it was freaky. It didn't take long to realise that this house lies directly under the flight path of San Francisco International Airport. So, if any of you have ever flown into SFO, looked down to see a series of homes along a vast stretch of both the bay and a series of lagoons, then you, too, have 'seen' this house. :D
Even if I could afford this home (I can't because it's going for around 2 million), I wouldn't want to live in it due to the constant plane noise. Noise pollution won't deter home buyers. The schools in this town are said to be very good and the close proximity to Silicon Valley jobs is another HUGE draw. So, 'cha-ching' to whoever owns this old Eichler. It's gonna go fast.
|Wee bonus room just off of the kitchen|
|The entire wall save for the fire place area is floor-to-ceiling windows|
|Room after room along the long hallway|
|Front door leads to an ample interior courtyard; 3 sets of sliding glass doors surround|
|The plane was actually much closer to the ground than it appears|
|The house we cleaned.|
|The house next door.|