A Bay Area Eichler With a Streamlined Facade Asks $1.15M
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A Bay Area Eichler With a Streamlined Facade Asks $1.15M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
This Claude Oakland-designed residence in Oakland, California, offers everything you could ask for in an Eichler.

Built in 1965 during the heyday of Eichler home construction, this Sequoyah Heights model was designed by the highly prolific midcentury architect Claude Oakland. Oakland spent over 25 years working for Joseph Eichler and is credited with designing over 3,430 of the developer's homes. He is also credited with "cleaning up the lines" of the Eichler aesthetic. 

True to form, the first thing that strikes you about 8160 Phaeton Drive is its simple yet distinctive rectangular facade, accented by beams that extend out to create a pergola-like canopy and lovely, linear shadows. Inside, the classic home features a large, open-air atrium; a great room anchored by a wood-burning, brick fireplace; chic mahogany paneling; tongue-and-groove ceilings; walls of glass; and naturally, a strong indoor/outdoor connection. 

The one-level, open floor plan includes more than 2,000 square feet of living space.

The one-level, open floor plan includes more than 2,000 square feet of living space.

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 Beams extend out over the facade, creating a pergola effect.

 Beams extend out over the facade, creating a pergola effect.

The spacious inner atrium is perfect for indoor/outdoor living. 

The spacious inner atrium is perfect for indoor/outdoor living. 

A brick-inlay fireplace is set into a wall of glass.

A brick-inlay fireplace is set into a wall of glass.

Tongue-and-groove ceilings, mahogany-paneled walls, and a glass wall opening the living space to the atrium are classic Eichler characteristics. 

Tongue-and-groove ceilings, mahogany-paneled walls, and a glass wall opening the living space to the atrium are classic Eichler characteristics. 

The dining room, which organically extends from the living room, opens to a deck via sliding glass doors.

The dining room, which organically extends from the living room, opens to a deck via sliding glass doors.

The wood-paneled kitchen, which has a breakfast bar and an extended countertop, overlooks a cozy den. 

The wood-paneled kitchen, which has a breakfast bar and an extended countertop, overlooks a cozy den. 

The den opens to the atrium.

The den opens to the atrium.

The laundry is conveniently placed just off the kitchen. 

The laundry is conveniently placed just off the kitchen. 

Even the laundry room has a connection to the outdoors. 

Even the laundry room has a connection to the outdoors. 

The home has five bedrooms and two full split bathrooms. The master suite includes a large walk-in closet and an en suite bath. 

The home has five bedrooms and two full split bathrooms. The master suite includes a large walk-in closet and an en suite bath. 

There is also direct access to the outdoors through sliding glass doors. 

There is also direct access to the outdoors through sliding glass doors. 

The master bath features blue tile. 

The master bath features blue tile. 

This bedroom features an additional window. 

This bedroom features an additional window. 

This bedroom would also make a good home office. It is directly connected to the central atrium and therefore offers less privacy. 

This bedroom would also make a good home office. It is directly connected to the central atrium and therefore offers less privacy. 

The backyard outdoor space is private and shaded. 

The backyard outdoor space is private and shaded. 

8160 Phaeton Drive is currently listed for $1,150,000 by Thomas Westfall of Compass. 

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