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 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.
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.
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.
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.”