A Sunny, Updated Eichler in Oakland Just Listed for $1.3M

Oakland’s Sequoyah Hills neighborhood holds the city’s only Eichler tract—and it’s one of the smallest in the Bay Area.

Known as the "land of the lost Eichlers," Sequoyah Hills is a tract of 48 Eichler homes in Oakland, California. Many of the residences are in pristine condition, having been  "spared some of the more calamitous remodeling efforts of the ’70s and ’80s," according to the community homeowners’ association.

8180 Phaeton Drive is a 2,000-square-foot Claude Oakland–designed Eichler in Sequoyah Hills with a low-profile facade and a two-door garage.

The home opens to a sun-filled central atrium, which helps strengthen the indoor/outdoor connection. 

8180 Phaeton Drive, which just listed for $1,300,000, is a five-bedroom, two-bath model with a low-profile facade. The home was designed in 1965 by Claude Oakland, who worked for Joseph Eichler for over 25 years. During that time, Oakland designed over 3,430 homes and helped to establish the Eichler aesthetic—he’s often credited with cleaning up the lines of some of Eichler’s original designs.

The post-and-beam residence has many of the midcentury features that make Eichler homes so beloved.

The open-plan living space features a wall of glass anchored by a tiled fireplace.

The 2,000-square-foot, post-and-beam home was renovated in 2016, and it features many of the elements that make Eichlers so sought after: a sunny central atrium, walls of glass, and a tongue-and-groove ceiling. There's also an updated kitchen with a marble-topped center island, a wine fridge, and a breakfast bar, as well as high-end appliances.

A small den area opens to the backyard through full-height sliding glass doors.

The tongue-and-groove ceiling has been painted white, which may not appeal to Eichler purists, but certainly helps brightens the home.

The main suite features a walk-in closet, direct access to the backyard terrace, and an updated, light-filled bathroom with designer fixtures and a skylight. There’s also a massive 500-square-foot, two-car garage with a dedicated circuit box to accommodate two electronic vehicles. Scroll ahead for a look inside.

The floors have been updated with engineered wood. "You can’t have real wood with radiant floors in an Eichler," explains the listing agent, Thomas Westfall.

The modernized kitchen has a marble-topped center island with storage and a wine fridge, new cabinetry, and high-end appliances like a fire-engine-red stove from STIG.

The island has counter space for eating, and there is room for a dining table.

The main bedroom has direct access to the backyard via sliding glass doors.

The updated main bathroom has a glass-enclosed shower, a double vanity, and a skylight.

There are five bedrooms in total—this one has a view of the atrium.

The backyard patio. 

The lot is 8,850 square feet in total.

8180 Phaeton Drive is currently listed for $1,300,000 with Thomas Westfall of Compass.

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