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House Tour: Mint-Condition Eichler

Today we’re walking through a beautiful, mint-condition Eichler house, which was built in 1960. Step inside this fresh mid-century modern home with me. 

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Front of Home via SFGate

This mint-condition Eichler home is an architectural gem. Originally, this house served as the model home for a Joseph Eichler development in San Rafael, today it continues to serve as a model for Eichler.

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Eichler Entrance Courtyard via SFGate

Before entering the house, you step inside a modern entrance courtyard, one of many unique and distinguishing features of Eichler homes.

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Eichler Entrance Courtyard via SFGate

You can already see a peek inside this Eichler house, and it’s full of beautiful mid-century modern treasures, like George Nelson Bubble Lamps and plenty of Herman Miller designs.

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Eichler Living Room via SFGate

Once inside, you enter into a modern living room. White floors and a white ceiling sandwich original wood panneled walls, a tall brick fireplace, and bright modern furniture. A Cigar Lamp With Stand sits on a console with sliding glass doors.

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Eichler Living Room via SFGate

This space is brimming with beautiful mid-century treasures: And Nelson Platform Bench sits under the expansive window and a vintage orange sectional provides plenty of seating. An Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair sits against the wall, a Pear Lamp hangs over the sliding glass door, and a Vitra Ball Clock hangs on the wall.

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Eichler Dining Room via SFGate

A modern dining nook sits at the far end of the gallery room and the kitchen just off of that. I love the expanse of this room as it looks ripe for entertaining laid-back dinner parties with plenty of guests.

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Eichler Dining Area via SFGate

In the dining room, a grouping of mismatched and brightly colored molded plastic chairs sit around a white dining table and a George Nelson Saucer Lamp hangs above. The space is playful and modern while remaining true to the houses retro roots.

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Eichler Kitchen via SFGate

The galley kitchen features all original cabinetry, painted in white and soft grey, with updated appliances. Two George Nelson Ball Lamps hang overhead give just the right amount of light. An extension counter top acts a built in breakfast nook, with a pair of white Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs with Dowel Legs. Though we tend to turn up our noses at the idea of laminate cabinetry and counters, it’s amazing that these are in such great condition as they are original to the house.

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Eichler Kitchen via SFGate

Just off of the kitchen is a small sitting room, complete with an Eames Molded Plastic Rocker Chair. The way the house is situated around the entry courtyard allows for plenty of light to filter in through the expansive glass windows.

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Eichler Sitting Room via SFGate

I just can’t get enough of the original wood paneling, which wraps around the enter house and into the back sitting room. Floating shelves hold an array of knick-knacks and collectables, and a vintage globe stands next to a relaxing green leather chaise. This room seems to nail the atmosphere of the entire home. It’s comfortable and inviting, the ideal place to escape and read a book.

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Eichler Office Space via SFGate

A shared office space and play area come together to create one large multi-use space. It’s perfect for crafting with the kiddos or getting down to business.

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Eichler Office Space via SFGate

A vintage orange typewriter and an Artemide Tolomeo Table Lamp occupy a large white corner desk. I just love how the white contrasts against the warm wood paneling. I spy a Vitra Toolbox occupies a floating shelf.

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Eichler Play Area via SFGate

A bright orange futon is full of colorful pillows and throws, and is framed by shelving full of bright accessories and artwork. An Eames Elephant sits by waiting to be played with.

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Eichler Master Bedroom via SFGate

In the master bedroom we’re greeted with a clean and simple interior. A pair of Tolomeo Reading Floor Lamps flank either side of a platform bed and a white Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chair with a yellow seat cushion its by a sliding glass door.

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Eichler Master Bedroom via SFGate

At the opposite ed of the room, three Modu-licious Dressers from Blu Dot, descending in height, act a focal point against the wall. A tall Cigar Lamp glows next to a white Bertoia Side Chair. The pops of yellow and blue give this room a fresh and youthful appearance.

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Eichler Guest Room via SFGate

A flaming red Bertoia Side Chair stands out in the guest bedroom and an Eames Wire Base Table acts as a low side table. It’s great to see how color is used to define each space in the home, and the pops of red are a fun way of setting this bedroom apart.

Eichler Backyard via SFGate
Eichler Backyard via SFGate

Last but not least on this Eichler House tour, is this expansive backyard, full of lush green grass, a beautiful brick patio, and plenty of modern seating areas for entertaining.

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Eichler Backyard via SFGate

This Modernica Case Study #22 Chaise looks like the perfect place to relax while the kids run around outside in this large backyard.

Eichler Backyard via SFGate
Eichler Backyard via SFGate

Black Bertoia Side Chairs sit around an outdoor dining table shaded by a bright green umbrella. I also spy a white Retro Bullet Planter off to the side, a mid-cenutry classic.

Well that does it for this Eichler House tour.

Kelly Tirman

Kelly Tirman

After spending 10+ years living in a modern San Francisco loft, Kelly moved her family to a bungalow in the burbs. She now enjoys dreaming up home renovation and design projects in order turn her family's post-war cottage into the modern home of their dreams.

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