Tract housing usually gets a bad rap, but Joseph Eichler’s 11,000 homes, produced across California from 1940 to 1970, constitute some of the most beloved examples of midcentury architecture.
During a brief stay in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bazett House, Eichler, who had no previous experience in real estate or architecture, decided to pivot his career from egg wholesaler to tract-home developer. After teaming up with architecture firms and designers who aligned with his progressive and bold vision, Eichler Homes Inc. pioneered a style that was uniquely representative of post-war optimism in California.
These homes flipped the script on how living spaces could work for the modern family. Taking a cue from Wright himself, Eichler introduced open floor plans, walls of glass, and indoor/outdoor living into the everyday home. It’s these same design principles that contribute to the timelessness of his structures—no wonder, then, that Eichlers don’t last long on the real estate market. This year, we’ve covered several of these gems for sale; here are the 10 that got the most attention.
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