Take a drive around the neighborhoods of Santa Clara Valley, and you are sure to see patterns in home architecture styles. One iconic style which can be found across the region are Eichler homes. Joseph Eichler, one-time accountant turned land-developer, made his mark on this area. Over 10,000 Eichler homes have been built here, and they were done to fill a critical need in the post WWII era of the 20th Century. Today these homes are treasured for their unique style as much as for the integral part they played in the past.
When Eichler homes were built, there was two goals in mind, to provide comfortable, well- made homes to families in the area; and to do so affordably. While these homes began as a lower-priced option to help more people achieve the dream of homeownership, today Eichler homes can be worth millions. While our high-demand market has affected prices, there is more to the rise in value for Eichler homes.
Homes built by Eichler are real gems in the living spaces they provide homeowners. The open design of Eichler floor plans are incorporated with sloped ceilings and plenty of window-walls, where an entire wall consists of windows, to let the light and nature in. Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Eichler homes have a distinctive style all their own which many home buyers covet.
It is true Eichler homes were made to be affordable, yet for many they are no long an option. But when you consider the overall real estate market, alongside our strong economy which includes high salaries for a large percentage of the population, an Eichler home can be achievable. As many love their Eichler homes with a passion, it can at times be a challenge to find one, but it is not impossible.
Now, through October 8th, you can learn all about Eichler Homes, how, why and where they were built, and make a deeper connection to a big part of Santa Clara County’s past. The Los Altos History Museum is playing host to an amazing and detailed Eichler Home Exhibit. The entire museum, 1,200 square feet has been reconfigured to highlight the Eichler home era, from architectural features to furnishings of the Atom age. Find more details in this Mercury News article.
If you are ready to sell or buy a home, working with a Realtor® who understands the region and its history, will make for a better experience. We at Haylen Group are here to help you with all your real estate needs! As your agent, we will strive to work together and give you the best support we can. Call Helen Chong at (408) 800-LIST or email at Helen@HaylenGroup.com. You can also visit us at our website for available listings and additional information.