You’re familiar with Eichler homes even if you’re unfamiliar with the name.
These midcentury modern dwellings, named after the real estate developer Joseph Eichler, known for clean lines and distinctive facades have been featured in a number of TV commercials.
The distinctive abodes play a supporting role in this Volkswagen ad:
The abundance of large windows in Eichlers makes for an effective (and humorous!) message in this spot from Windex:
Most recently, an Eichler neighborhood served as a backdrop for a music video from one of pop’s hottest stars. As 17-year-old wunderkind Billie Eilish roams the streets with a gang of dudes on tricycles in the video for “bad guy,” Eichler homes serve as a backdrop.
Built throughout California, these relatively rare (and picture-perfect) homes are highly desirable. In recent years, Eichler owners have launched their abodes into a new level, keeping all the things we like about them—vaulted ceilings, A-frame or butterfly roofs, floor-to-ceiling fireplaces, glass-enclosed atriums, and easy access to the outdoors—while adding key updates.
For lovers of midcentury style and wannabe video stars, we’ve found your dream home. Here are nine Eichlers currently on the market in California.
Behind the red door: Clocking in at around 2,000 square feet, this five-bedroom home built in 1962 embraces modern California living with a spacious courtyard. (Check out the red double doors!) Vaulted ceilings allow in more natural sunlight. Also on the property: a paved patio, raised garden beds, and new fence, for a unique garden setting in the Greenmeadow neighborhood.
Marin County makeover: Flaunting a new galley-style kitchen with white cabinetry as well as gold hardware and fixtures, this four-bedroom Eichler was built in 1955. It also boasts two new baths and reimagined outdoor spaces. The modern, wall-height fireplace adds contemporary style while still honoring the middle of last century.
SoCal stunner: Located 50 miles northwest of downtown L.A., this home is hard to miss with its cheery and colorful front doors. An outdoor pool is a gorgeous perk for the next owners of this three-bedroom, two-bath home. Key Eichler features like a butterfly roof and new siding are joined by terrazzo tile, a custom Design Within Reach vanity in the master bath, and Rejuvenation light fixtures.
A-frame looks awesome: Spanning 2,500 square feet, this East Bay Eichler—designed by Claude Oakland—features five bedrooms and three baths. It features a brick fireplace in the great room and original architectural details such as globe lighting, cathedral ceilings, and all doors and hardware. Set on a quarter-acre lot, this home includes a pool with a diving board, plus decks and yard space.
Raised roofline: Natural light floods this four-bedroom home built in 1969. An updated kitchen features a large island plus a pantry and opens to a covered patio. The homeowners have added quite a few period details, including globe-pendant lighting, to freshen up the design while still honoring its roots.
Picture of perfection: This four-bedroom Eichler features a free-standing soaking tub and indoor-outdoor shower, plus a custom walk-in closet with tons of storage solutions. The beamed ceilings are stained a dark brown, and the modernized galley kitchen features funky wall tile. Polished concrete floors and well-thought-out landscaping—including in the courtyard—make this a picture-perfect property.
Attractive atrium: The exterior of this three-bedroom, two-bath home—built in 1969—doesn’t tell its whole story: The interior is totally revamped, and includes a retractable roof in the atrium and a walk-in closet in the spacious master suite. A floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace and sliding doors leading to the backyard are a couple of other timeless touches.
Classic in the hills: Also designed by Claude Oakland and built in 1965, this three-bedroom home includes artful landscape and water features, a deck, and a permitted casita. The glass-enclosed atrium is a cool extension of the interior living space. Updated fixtures in the bath and kitchen bring this home into the 21st century, yet original mahogany paneling and bath tile provide vintage appeal.
Castro Valley cool: Built in 1963, this five-bedroom home in the East Bay is perfect for a nature lover. It features an open-air atrium, windows overlooking the hills and canyons, and an outdoor space (a deck and lighting) well-suited for entertaining. Interior upgrades include quartz countertops in the kitchen, hickory floors, and new tile.