A Sunny Super Eichler With a Backyard Pool Lists for $1.7M

A Sunny Super Eichler With a Backyard Pool Lists for $1.7M

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Bright turquoise doors lead to the sun-filled atrium of this midcentury stunner.

Only a handful of "super Eichlers" are known to exist—and this lovely specimen just hit the market in Walnut Creek. Measuring in at 2,435 square feet, 253 Wiget Lane offers significantly more living space than your average Eichler. Designed by Claude Oakland and built by Eichler Homes in 1969, the home is affectionately known as "The H" for its H-shaped floor plan.

Set in the East Bay suburb of Walnut Creek, 253 Wiget Lane is one of a handful of super Eichlers. Built in 1969, the oversized home features a flat roof and a facade fronted by a set of bright turquoise doors.

The home is set in Walnut Creek’s Northgate neighborhood—the last and smallest Eichler development, which features some of the company’s largest and most daring designs. Oakland is credited with designing over 3,430 Eichler homes in 51 subdivisions, and according to the listing he’s responsible for "cleaning up the lines of some of the first designs that created the Eichler aesthetic."

An open trellis leads to a spacious, sun-filled atrium—one of the highlights of Eichler homes.

Fronted by colorful double doors and an open trellis, the low-profile, flat-roofed facade opens to a sunny atrium and stylish interiors. The single-story floor plan has four large bedrooms (including a master suite with a walk-in closet, and en suite bathroom), updated bathrooms, and a large, open kitchen that has been modernized, but could still benefit from further updates.

The home is also filled with authentic period charm and details sure to please Eichler purists: globe pendant lights, mahogany-paneled walls, original ceilings, and expansive walls of glass that fill the home with natural light. Stylish touches include polished concrete floors and a groovy, orange Malm fireplace, and the home has plenty of patio space with a backyard pool. Scroll ahead for a look inside.

The atrium sets the tone for indoor/outdoor living. 

Walls of glass line both sides of the hallway that connects the H-shaped floor plan.

The home has polished concrete floors and globe pendant lights. A groovy, orange Malm fireplace adds a pop of color.

The living room, with a wood-burning brick fireplace, looks out on a backyard with a fire pit in the center. Sliding glass doors make indoor/outdoor entertaining easy.

The original beamed tongue-and-groove ceiling is in great condition.

The dining room features an original mahogany-paneled wall, and it’s framed by glass on two sides. 

The open kitchen features granite countertops and luxury appliances, such as a Wolf 5-burner gas range and a pair of Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawers.

Although the open kitchen has been modernized, it could benefit from further updates. The space overlooks an informal dining area/den, so there’s plenty of room to redesign the space.

The dining area/den. 

The master bedroom offers privacy, a walk-in closet, an en suite bathroom, and access to the atrium and the north side of the yard via sliding glass doors.

The master bath has a dual vanity and a skylight.

The second bedroom has atrium access.

The third bedroom is spacious enough for two double beds.

The fourth bedroom sits just off the front entry and connects to the atrium. It’s currently in use as a home office.

The backyard has an expansive lawn, mature trees, plenty of patio space, and a kidney-shaped pool.

The back patio also has a central fire pit. 

The backyard is perfectly suited for summer entertaining. 

253 Wiget Lane is currently listed for $1,700,000 with Thomas Westfall of Compass.

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