ARCHITECTURE: Eichler Homes

In the land of the Eichler, a growing Bay Area real estate battle
The rear of the Eichler home of Vilma and Don Buck photographed in Sunnyvale, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. The couple has lived in their Eichler for 50 years. Built as high-quality affordable homes in the middle of the last century, modest, airy, glass-lined Eichler homes are now highly sought-after -- and valuable. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

Where you’ll find Eichler homes

  • There about 10,500 Eichlers in Northern California.
  • From 1949-74, they were built in tracts in Sacramento, Marin County and San Francisco; in Concord, Walnut Creek, Oakland and Castro Valley in the East Bay; and all over the South Bay and Peninsula, including Redwood City, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Mountain View, Los Gatos and San Jose.
  • Palo Alto has the most Eichlers: about 3,000, with two tracts that are on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Sunnyvale has about 1,125 Eichlers. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak grew up in one, as did Mayor Glenn Hendricks.
  • San Mateo’s The Highlands is the largest contiguous development of Eichler homes, with more than 700.
  • Concord boasts three Eichler tracts (Rancho del Diablo, Rancho de los Santos and Parkside), with about 175 homes.
  • Walnut Creek’s Rancho San Miguel has about 375 Eichlers.
  • For more information on Eichlers and issues involving the homes, see EichlerNetwork.com.

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