An INtro to Eichler
Between 1949 and 1974, about 10,500 Eichler homes were built in Northern California. An enclave of about 100 are perched in the Diamond Heights neighborhood in San Francisco, and 185 cluster on a Castro Valley ridge. There are Eichlers in Marin, Concord and San Mateo. In Walnut Creek there is a mini-Eichler, smaller than 500 square feet.
Locally, Eichler single-family homes are priced from $500,000 to over $2 million; a Summit condominium recently sold for $2.2 million. Eichler’s son, Ned, 81, said building the Summit and other high-rises had contributed to the company’s 1967 bankruptcy.
Eichlers appealed to those with “upper-middle-class taste but lower-middle-class incomes,” joked the developer’s son, who lives in Marin and prefers less modern architecture. “We had no idea the style would last,” he said.