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Journey Back to 1965 in This Perfectly Preserved Eichler

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Newly listed for $775K is this four-bedroom house in Sequoyah Hills, an Oakland tract developed in the mid 1960s by the sultan of subdivisions himself, Joseph Eichler. This is the first time in 40 years that this particular property, one of about 50 in the development, has hit the market, and it boasts all the hallmarks of Eichler's design sensibilities, which were converted from dream to reality by his trusted dream team of architects (a coterie that included Claude Oakland, A. Quincy Jones, and Frederick Emmons): floor-to-ceiling glass walls, a low, slightly pitched roof, wood ceilings, exposed beams, an open atrium, radiant heat, and a lack of adornment. These aesthetic qualities characterize many of the 11,000 homes Eichler built in California from 1950 to 1974, as he swept this idea of modernism across the masses. As Architizer's put it, his "standardized, yet expressive design would influence" many minds—like Steve Jobs, who grew up in an Eichler house—and many things—like, say, "the simplicity and elegance of Apple's products." Future innovators: this one's for you.

· 8119 Phaeton Dr., Oakland, Calif. [The Grubb Co.]
· Oakland Hills Eichler Homes [Eichler For Sale]
· Steve Jobs Grew Up in a Modernist Home [Architizer]