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Ever lived in an Eichler home? They're coming back

Original post made on Feb 18, 2013

The moment she saw her first Eichler home in Sunnyvale in 2008, Monique Lombardelli fell in love.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, February 17, 2013, 7:14 AM

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Posted by Janice Phalen, a resident of Mission Park
on Feb 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

I grew up in an Eichler in San Rafael. Floors that needed jack hammers to repair the radiant heat, a small kitchen, big drafty windows, tar & gravel roof, etc. Warm floors were great, repair was huge! Didn't really appreciate any feature but the atrium area where we had an amazing Bird of Paradise plant. I wondered why the atrium couldn't have been closed in for a larger family room or bigger bedrooms. Laundry area was off the kitchen - very small kitchen and built in formica table that four could sit at. Our family couldn't wait to move to a larger house and smaller heating bills. Houses were hot in the summer with all the glass too. I don't see the romance with these houses. Never liked living in one, it felt like a cheap track house - which it was. Brick fireplace in the living room provided heat for about three feet out from the fireplace due to the tall ceilings.

Posted by The large open rooms were a firetrap, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

But ALL new residential buildings today are required to have residential fire sprinklers, as well as smoke detectors.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

No wonder you're a real estate can earn a larger commission if you sell a larger also seems to me that some caucasoids are ungrateful that they lived in a smaller house?

pleeeeeze esplain...tee hee

Posted by Janice Phalen, a resident of Mission Park
on Feb 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm

And these houses would burn with their bad wiring and open glass in less than 7 minutes. Fire department could rarely save one, or parts. Once we saw the smoke, as kids, we were trying to help the burned out family. Moving to a slightly larger house, as a college kid, was more for comfort and function over an Eichler. I don't get the fascination.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

Janice, your comments are misleading, you seem to be determined to discourage functional smaller home construction... hmmmmmmm?

Thousands of homes, buildings burn annually in the US. Why not read up on the history of Eichler homes/architecture. Clean, basic living.

grow up tweety bird...

Posted by Joneser, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

I had a friend that lived in an Eichler home. While the warm floors were comforting, it took forever to change the temperature inside the home. That made it difficult to change the temperature for sleeping, or to respond to rapid changes in the outside temperature. Most of the Eichler hopes were small - OK for a single or a couple, but too small for families. They also had flat roofs which is always a problems for leaks. After my friend sold the house, the heating system developed a leak requiring the slab be jackhammered and pipe corrosion problems were found - a major expense. They tried to come back on my friend saying he sold it to them knowing there was a problem. They lost, but it created some big headaches for my friend.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

Eichler Homes: Web Link

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

Eichler Condos: Web Link

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2013 at 10:10 am


For a small city to introduce/consider Eichler construction is wise.

sorry Joneser and Janice Phalen...thank you for the opportunity for letting me offer another perspective on function and impressive modern architecture...

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

If economy is your thing...consider this: Web Link

Posted by Mr. Geeneyuss, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

If you notice the majority of the original Eichler homes just happened to be designed for and built on the Peninsula, San Francisco & Marin Counties. You know, that part of the Bay Area where the summer heat rarely gets above 85 (average Aug.-Sept. temperature of 78.5 degrees in San Mateo County btw) and winters rarely get below the low 50's.

Trends for remodeling Eichlers into what are being called "Ultra Eichlers" typically utilize double & triple panned windows, specific zoning and computer temperature controlled heating, ceiling fans, extensive use of shade trees, plants & water features in the Atrium and backyard areas and highly efficient insulating roofing materials. You've all heard the commercials and one clever businessman has made a KILLING off refitting older Eichlers and making them more energy efficient and you probably know the phone number...

"Three sevens aaaaaaaaaand a one, two three four"

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm's 2013 and building codes are different when the original Eichlers made their debut...there are improved building materials, construction techniques and alternative ways to redesign the interiors with improved paints. foors, and ways to save energy.

who knows better than joneser & ms. phalen of real estate fame!

please describe the "bad wiring" and PROVE IT...TEE HEE...

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

REal Estate Agents and what motivates them: Web Link

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Tape your interactions with a Real Estate Agent: Web Link

Posted by Dan the Man, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I lived in an Eichler in Castro Valley and it was my favorite house ever, so far. It was perched on the top of a hill so all I had to do was open up the windows and a lovely cross breeze would cool the house down quick. The radiant heat floor was bliss along with the atrium and all the windows. The fireplace didn't heat up the house so well but overall it was a nice place. Had a full size pool and overlooked the Crow Canyon valley. loved it!

Posted by Colleen Stafford, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 20, 2013 at 9:55 am

I grew up in the Eichler Highlands in San Mateo County. There were many unique features, the heated floors and the light from all the windows and the atrium. Our original Eichler burned down in 1970 in 6 minutes. The Phillipine mahogany walls fueled the fire and yes it was electrical wiring that left our family of ten homeless. We rebuilt with our friend's redesign, architect Paul Gumbinger. The house had a slight pitched roof, sheetrock walls, more bedrooms and all the windows.
I currently live in Vacaville and there are two Eichler homes. I think its great that they are popular and in demand.

Posted by Open rooms Reason Fire is such a problem, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

Often the Eichler houses have interior walls that stop at 8 feet, but the roof is higher, leaving a gap above.
You can see this in some of the pictures on the website Cholo posted. (Thanks!)
In the pictures, this shows mostly from the kitchen to the hall, but most were also open to the bedrooms, etc. This was cheaper.
It allowed air to circulate, (making it hard to heat just one room) but also allowed sound to travel. In case of fire, the smoke and flame goes everywhere, which is why they burn so fast, and so completely. All that exposed wood contributes, too.
Over time, most owners have extended the interior walls up, just for privacy.
The lack of an attic makes heating and cooling a big problem, so they are better where temperatures are moderate, like Palo Alto, Castro Valley. There's no space where you can vent the attic heat, and no place to add attic insulation,
or even to run a wire for a telephone, or a new electric outlet or fixture.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

It might be an excellent idea to post info about the latest Eichler floor plans. It could be everybody would be in for a wonderful surprise...HOORAY!

In addition, it might be time to say thank you for sharing!

tee hee...

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm

thank you for sharing Cholo!

Older homes but functional and attractive....tee hee

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Web Link

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Architecture to consider for lower-income housing:

Web Link

Posted by Stephen, a resident of another community
on Jan 6, 2014 at 12:29 am

Eichler homes are you either love them or hate them. I personally find the architecture and layout of those homes to be cold and uninviting. The later Eichler's from the late '60s to 1974 are a bit more pleasing to the eye. Eichler homes were indeed cutting edge back in the early '60s, but with a plethora of single pane glass, no attic space, and no insulation Eichler homes were difficult to keep warm and to keep cool. I had a friend whose family lived in an early Eichler that had all of the interior walls finished in mahogany paneling. There was no sheetrock, (all of that stained wood= major fire hazard!!) With the wood paneled ceilings, hard floors, and wooden walls, the house was very noisy inside. My friend's father had an electric organ in the living room and when he played that thing the entire house vibrated like crazy! The mahogany walls in the home acted like huge soundboards transmitting vibration to every room. It would be like living inside of a guitar. Eichler's definitely have a fringe appeal. You either love them or hate them.

Posted by Pololo Mololo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 6, 2014 at 10:10 am

As it was in beginning, is now, and ever shall be werl without N!


Posted by Grant Mololo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

I'm talking BENCHMARK! EICHLER = top quality.


itsy bitsy fun...and, i mean it!!!

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