An Eye-Catching Eichler Home in Southern California Lists for $1.1M

The lofty atrium of this Claude Oakland–designed residence in Orange County floods the interiors with natural light.

The first thing you’ll notice about this LA-114 model Eichler home in Orange, California, is its red-orange front door and the playful, circular pavers leading up to it. Designed by architect Claude Oakland in 1962, the post-and-beam residence qualifies for the Mills Act, a state law that reduces property taxes in exchange for continued preservation of the property. Listing agent Jeffrey Crussell also notes that the neighborhood, an Eichler enclave, has a community-first mindset: "The fellow Eichler neighbors are great and act like a big family, where everyone watches out for each other."

Built in 1962, 610 E Briardale Avenue is one of only 340 Eichler homes in Orange, California. The first thing you’ll notice is the bright front door and the circular pavers that lead up to it.  

Like many Eichlers, the entrance opens to a central, plant-filled atrium adjacent to the kitchen—perfect for dining with an al fresco vibe. Inside, the airy living spaces have been painted a refreshing white, and large expanses of glass ensure that natural light floods the 1,660-square-foot plan.

Recently renovated, the residence has four bedrooms and two baths, with kitchen updates completed as recently as 2017. "Many things about this house are special," notes Crussell, who also lives in an Eicher. "One of the main things is how high the ceiling is in the atrium and living room, opening up the spaces and allowing more natural light inside." 

The spacious backyard has a covered patio space for dining, and while most Eichler homes have just one garage and a carport, this model’s two-car garage offers additional storage space.

The Claude Oakland–designed home opens to an airy, central atrium filled with light and plants. 

The welcoming indoor/outdoor space sets the tone for the home, and allows guests to dine outside.

The home has been recently updated, and the living spaces have been painted white throughout. 

The living space features high ceilings and is anchored by a brick-inlay fireplace that is framed by floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass. 

Glazing on either side of the living space gives the home a strong indoor/outdoor connection. 

The atrium is visible from the living room, so homeowners are surrounded by greenery.

Sliding glass doors off the living space connect to the backyard and a covered patio. 

The open floor plan places the kitchen and a dining nook just off the main living space. 

The recently remodeled kitchen has breakfast-bar seating and plenty of storage space. 

Midcentury globe pendant lighting appears throughout the home. 

The kitchen is also adjacent to the atrium, plus another flexible space that could serve as a family room or another dining area. 

Here, that flexible space is styled as the dining room. 

The home has a total of four bedrooms, and the main bedroom enjoys a direct connection to the backyard. 

The main bedroom also has an updated en-suite bath with a double vanity and a skylight. 

The second bedroom.

Additional bedrooms have the potential to become a home office or guest room.

Outside, a generous patio hosts an outdoor lounge area.

The patio is also large enough to fit a dining table. 

The large backyard has plenty of space to hold a future pool.

610 E Briardale Avenue is currently being listed for $1,100,00 by Jefferey Crussell of First Team Real Estate.

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