A Stunning “Super Eichler” in Walnut Creek Asks $1.5M

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo / Published by Dwell

Check out the atrium and the master suite spa in this midcentury dream home.

Designed by architect Claude Oakland, this 1969 home is one of just a handful of the Gallery Eichlers—which are also known as the "Super-Eichlers." It's located in Walnut Creek’s Northgate enclave, which is the last tract of Eichler homes to be built in the East Bay. These models are coveted for their generous and well-designed floor plans—and 252 Clyde Drive is no different.

Intersecting lines and geometric forms make up the facade of 252 Clyde Drive.

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The five-bedroom, three-bath, home features 2,499 square feet of single-level living space and it's full of authentic midcentury charm. The design embraces a strong indoor/outdoor connection and boasts a stunning light-filled atrium, a spacious great room with walls of glass overlooking the pool, and a soaring wood-paneled ceiling.

The sense of the outdoors is particularly strong in the central atrium; the space is awash in light and shadow.

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The great room has soaring ceilings and elegant midcentury lines. 

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According to the listing, the home has been lovingly maintained by its original owner and features original details in excellent condition—including unpainted wood-paneled ceilings, globe pendant lighting, and original doors and hardware. 

 However, the quiet star of this midcentury gem is the master suite spa. Tucked behind shoji screens, the serene, wood-paneled space is a 1980s addition and features large windows and sliding glass doors that lead to the backyard and a stylish solar-heated swimming pool.

A bold wood-burning brick fireplace framed by glass anchors the open-plan living space. 

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The living space as it relates to the dining area. 

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The post-and-beam construction in the dining room accentuates the indoor/outdoor connection. 

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The den connects the great room to the kitchen. 

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It is essentially just one room, divided by a partition-like wall. 

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The kitchen is flooded with light on both sides, providing an open, airy flow. 

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The kitchen has original globe pendant lighting and ample storage space.

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The fourth bedroom is also bright, open, and airy—benefitting from the vaulted ceiling as well as a direct connection to the atrium.

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The room has two walls of built-in bookshelves and would make a lovely light-filled library.

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The second and third bedrooms are classic Eichler sleeping spaces. 

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The third bedroom.

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The fifth bedroom features sliding glass doors that lead to the garden. 

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This is the "hobby" room. 

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As you enter the master suite, a bathroom lies to the left. 

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The master bedroom has a Japanese vibe thanks to shoji screens, which slide to reveal the home's hidden highlight. 

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Tucked behind the shoji screens is a spectacular spa with cedar-paneled walls, large glass windows, and a sliding glass door leading to the backyard.

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The backyard features a solar-heated pool. 

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252 Clyde Drive is currently listed for $1,500,00 by Thomas Westfall of Alain Pinel Realtors.

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