A Bay Area Eichler With a Backyard Casita Lists For $1.2M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Designed by Claude Oakland, this OKC-63 model Eichler is defined by its massive, open-air atrium.

Located in the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood of Oakland, California—one of the smallest Eichler neighborhoods in the Bay Area—this 1965 model, known as the OKC-63, was designed by renowned midcentury modern architect Claude Oakland. 

Oakland, who worked for Joseph Eichler for over 25 years, was credited with designing over 3,430 Eichler homes and was said to have been responsible for "cleaning up the lines" of some of the original designs—helping to create what is now known as the Eichler aesthetic. Boasting original features and heaps of midcentury charm, 8050 Shay Drive has all the trappings: a large, central atrium; a great room with unpainted, tongue-in-groove ceilings; original wood wall paneling; and a wood-burning brick fireplace to anchor it all. 

The home, which has a two-car garage, makes use of clerestory windows to keep the interiors sunny.

The home, which has a two-car garage, makes use of clerestory windows to keep the interiors sunny.

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The flexible, wood-paneled garage space is currently in use as a home gym and a play area.  

The flexible, wood-paneled garage space is currently in use as a home gym and a play area.  

The entrance leads straight to the central atrium. 

The entrance leads straight to the central atrium. 

The entryway leads straight to the central atrium, which forms the home’s strong indoor/outdoor connection, and is ripe for hosting guests.

The entryway leads straight to the central atrium, which forms the home’s strong indoor/outdoor connection, and is ripe for hosting guests.

The atrium and adjacent skylights provide bright and airy interiors throughout. 

The atrium and adjacent skylights provide bright and airy interiors throughout. 

The open-plan great room has an unpainted, vaulted, tongue-and-groove ceiling and original globe pendant lighting.

The open-plan great room has an unpainted, vaulted, tongue-and-groove ceiling and original globe pendant lighting.

The home's post-and-beam construction accentuates the indoor/outdoor flow, leading the eye straight from the central atrium to the backyard on the opposite side. 

The home's post-and-beam construction accentuates the indoor/outdoor flow, leading the eye straight from the central atrium to the backyard on the opposite side. 

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The expansive wall of glass is broken by the brick-inlay, wood-burning fireplace, a signature Eichler feature. 

The expansive wall of glass is broken by the brick-inlay, wood-burning fireplace, a signature Eichler feature. 

The dining nook sits between the kitchen and the living room. 

The dining nook sits between the kitchen and the living room. 

The dining room is warmed by the original mahogany, paneled walls and globe pendant lighting. 

The dining room is warmed by the original mahogany, paneled walls and globe pendant lighting. 

The galley kitchen has original cabinetry and countertops, all in excellent condition. Updated stainless-steel appliances and a large pantry outfit the kitchen, which has direct access to the atrium and the enormous, two-car garage.

The galley kitchen has original cabinetry and countertops, all in excellent condition. Updated stainless-steel appliances and a large pantry outfit the kitchen, which has direct access to the atrium and the enormous, two-car garage.

The master suite features direct access to the outdoor space via sliding glass doors. There is also an ensuite bath with updated fixtures and original cabinetry.

The master suite features direct access to the outdoor space via sliding glass doors. There is also an ensuite bath with updated fixtures and original cabinetry.

The master also features a large walk-in closet with a built-in closet organizing system.

The master also features a large walk-in closet with a built-in closet organizing system.

The second bathroom also has an ensuite bath.

The second bathroom also has an ensuite bath.

A look at the third bedroom. 

A look at the third bedroom. 

On the side there’s an additional, permitted "casita" with a double-pane sliding door and its very own deck—perfect for a private home office, studio space, or tiny guest house.

On the side there’s an additional, permitted "casita" with a double-pane sliding door and its very own deck—perfect for a private home office, studio space, or tiny guest house.

The inside of the casita. 

The inside of the casita. 

The landscaped backyard comes with programmable irrigation and plenty of room for entertaining. 

The landscaped backyard comes with programmable irrigation and plenty of room for entertaining. 

The deck features a dining area with concrete countertops, solar shade, and power. Set just off the great room, it can serve as an extension of the home for true indoor/outdoor living.

The deck features a dining area with concrete countertops, solar shade, and power. Set just off the great room, it can serve as an extension of the home for true indoor/outdoor living.

The rear view of the home. 

The rear view of the home. 

 8050 Shay Drive has just listed for $1,200,000 by Thomas Westfall of Alain Pinel Realtors.

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