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Sunnyvale Eichler Homes

Distinctive and Thoroughly California Modern Architecture

Eichler Homes, the company run by Joseph Eichler from 1949 to 1966, built more than 11,000 homes in Northern California located in nine communities. Joseph Eichler became one of the nation's most influential builders of modern homes. He is known for developing distinctive reidential communities using mid-century architectural style. He truly was a visionary and sought to construct inclusive and diverse planned communities for middle-class Americans.

Joseph Eichler first used well-known architect Robert Anshen of Anshen & Allen to design the initial Eichler homes. Later, other well-known architects designed eichlers including Claude Oakland & Associates, Jones & Emmons, Raphael Soriano, and A. Quincy Jones. From 1949 to 1972, Eichler homes built over 1,000 homes in Sunnyvale. These homes can be found in the subdivisions of Rancho, Rancho Verde Addition, Fairbrae, Fairbrae Addition, Fairorchard, Rancho Sans Souci, Fairwood, Fairwoood Addition, Fairpark Addition, Parmer Place, and Midtown.

Eichler homes are known as eichers or an eichler.  These homes have unique characteristics and at the time were leading-edge technology. Their modernistic architecture has now become known as "California Modern". These homes typically feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows, open floor plans, and use post-and-beam construction. Additionally, Joseph Eichler wanted to "bring the outside in" and did so through the use of skylights, glass walls, private courtyards and patios, and atriums.

Some of the innovative construction techniques used by Eichler Homes included the post-and-beam construction, tongue and groove decking for the ceiling, sliding doors for rooms, standard second bathroom in the master bedroom, and concrete slab floors with radiant floor heating.

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