Own a Piece of History with an Orange, CA, Eichler Home

Brooklyn-born Joseph L. Eichler is perhaps best known for creating some of the most celebrated and sought-after tract residencies in the United States. Most of those homes are located in Northern and Southern California, and were constructed between 1949 and 1966. Using mid-century to modern designs, inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Using money from his family’s dairy business, Eichler hired local modernist architects to come up with a new style of homes with a style that had, until that point, been available exclusively in higher-end homes, creating what would become known as “California modern.”

eichler's kitchen area

Eichler homes feature flat or low-slung gabled roofs. The houses are distinguished by their low, horizontal appearance. Rather than windows for light, Eichler homes used skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows as well as private outdoor rooms. The style quickly caught on.

orange county eichler dining area

One of those homes, located in the Fairhills tract of Orange, California, is being offered for $1.25 million. The 2,400 square foot home was built in 1964 and was recently renovated. The home consists of four bedrooms and three baths with a spacious two-car garage. There’s also space for an RV or boat, and the home features a backyard pool.

eichler's entrance to his orange county residence

One of 350 Eichler homes built in Orange, the home could soon be a part of a historic district, which could limit what can be done to the home in terms of visual changes. Fortunately, the design and work already done have made this home a true eye-catcher. Residents of the area are working to nominate the tracts of homes to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Whoever picks up this home could literally own a piece of history.

lounge view inside eichler's residence

Owning an Eichler home invites you to join a select group of enthusiastic people. Kelly Laule, a realtor and a proud Eichler owner, says owning an Eichler home “has a village effect. Today, people don’t want to just buy a house. People want to be inspired by where they live—and these houses, the neighbourhoods and the people, are very inspiring.”

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outside view orange eichler house