THE EICHLER LEADER- THEN AND NOW
The excitement surrounding the Eichler Home started over four decades ago. With a growing interest in modernist design, Joseph Eichler began his crusade to become the first merchant builder in California to work directly with renowned architects such as Anshen & Allen, then Jones & Emmons, and later Claude Oakland.
These wonderful designs were a puzzlement to the average buyer with the walls of glass, bold post and beams running through the atriums and the wide open spaces flowing from the inside out---a true California environment style. Joe’s strong commitment prevailed over traditional building conventions.
Joseph Eichler only used the best available design and material. Building an Eichler Home was an expensive venture because of greater detail in fitting woodwork and glass without covering up mistakes with trim. Interestingly these homes are in the cutting edge of "Green" today with radiant heating.
The house that Joe built still stands strong today!
The underlying legacy that Joe left is even more powerful---he believed in fair housing and was strongly against racial discrimination. He led the way as the first builder to break racial discrimination.
The Model 34, the "Gallery Model" is perhaps Claude Oakland’s finest design. Over the recent years this model was featured in numerous commercials, ad campaigns, and the 2004 AIA and 2006 Hospice Home Tours.
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF EICHLER HOMES IS BORN IN MARIN COUNTY.
Joseph Eichler needed to assemble his sales team... Along with his established architects, ad writers, interior designers and construction force came his new hostess and sales rep, Catherine Munson and Bud Sthymmel. Together through the mud, cows and construction sites they opened the doors to the sales office which was located in the garage in the only completed home at the moment. Without heat or models to show they creatively shared the wonder of the "soon to be" home sites that a buyer could choose from. With nothing but concrete forms and radiant heat pipes sticking up they signed up buyer after buyer. Some original Eichler owners are enjoying their treasured modern home to this day.
They soon learned "Eichler’s are a lifestyle home" she said. "You either love it or you don’t". The buyers were from varied backgrounds and education. They found the new home style to be exciting and intriguing. Many buyers were GI’s back from the war and had several children in tow. The floor plans were very family friendly and the communities were beginning to grow with schools, parks, and shopping.
Eichler Homes are found in these neighborhoods in Marin County:
Upper Lucas Valley
Lower Lucas Valley
Santa Margarita, Terra Linda
Terra Linda Valley
Terra Linda Proper
Harbor Pointe, Mill Valley
Sleepy Valley, San Anselmo
WE LOVE TO GIVE OUR CLIENTS THE
NEW EICHLER BOOK
MODERNISM REBUILDS THE AMERICAN DREAM
AS A MOVE IN GIFT TO THEIR NEW EICHLER HOME.
Navigating through the various neighborhoods, vintages,
upgrades, models, and price points is no small job. Do not hesitate to call and we can schedule your own personal Eichler Tour.
The Community of Upper Lucas Valley
Originally, Upper Lucas Valley was a dairy farm owned for decades by the Nunes family. Only 1.5 miles from highway 101, its bucolic setting gives the balance between convenience, and an easy retreat to the quiet of a rural setting. Eichler Homes purchased and began construction in 1962. The community you see today is made up of 538 homes--- Eichler (contemporary one story) and American Guild (traditional one and two story) built in 1970’s. The one story homes have a special zoning height limitation preserving the architectural integrity and views and precluding the construction of second stories.
Lucas Valley is a gem in Marin as the homes are nestled at the valley floor surrounded by Oak and Laurel studded golden or lush green hills depending on the season. As you come home the joy of entering this natural environment is truly breath taking. The quiet and tranquility is wondrous to walk, hike and live in.
There is an active homeowners association offering amenities, services, and guidance. The Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer homeowners who manage the community via the C,C&R’s - you too can be a member. www.lvha.org
The Homeowner dues are paid quarterly at $160.00. Our utilities are underground removing the overhead wires from our views. This allows us an independently owned and operated LV Cable TV and High Speed Broadband to every home.
The private Recreation Center offers the manager’s office; clubhouse available for rental, BBQ, Olympic sized swimming pool (Swim team is an important program), tot pool, tot playground, two sets of tennis courts, and Equestrian facilities for homeowners with a pasture fee. The Open Space to the north-ridge was purchased over 30 years by the homeowners. The acreage was deeded to the County of Marin who manages the over 450 acres. This provides miles of hiking trails, mountain biking, and horse riding.
The Award Winning Dixie Elementary School is located on Idylberry road (part of the larger Dixie School District). It is a Distinguished "Blue Ribbon Award Winning" School and nestled in this pristine valley offering a serine environment for children to learn and play. Miller Creek Middle School (one mile east with bus service) and Terra Linda High School in Terra Linda are the other public schools. Private schools are throughout Marin.