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Location: Walnut Creek, California
As we've aptly demonstrated, we have a soft spot for the work of developer Joseph Eichler, who built thousands of low-slung, boxy homes in the Bay Area and beyond that recall a certain era of efficient, functional California cool. This renovated Walnut Creek home, originally designed by Anshen+Allen in 1959 as part of the larger Rancho San Miguel development, offers in-demand, minimal Midcentury style with a high-gloss finish. The multi-hued four-bed, 1,742-square-foot home, asking $950,000, was the subject of a gut rehab by the previous owner, who renovated a building that once served as an assisted care facility (he picked it up in an all-cash deal after it fell into foreclosure, according to agent Ken Fox). While the original floor plan remains intact, plenty of extras were added to bump up the ask to just shy of $1 million.
Many Eichler owners complain about the energy inefficiency of their homes; this renovation sought to address that issue with added high-tech upgrades, including a new HVAC system, radiant heating, Nest thermometer, and $25,000 of new double-pane safety glass. The previous homeowner also invested heavily in outdoor living, seemingly running through the full checklist of desired amenities: poured concrete walls with built-in benches, a fire pit, organic garden, deck and an organic garden. But perhaps the most immediately striking feature is the interior, a polychromatic display including a contemporary red kitchen and a Pantone color chart of room colors. This may be in an area that boasts 100-plus Eichler homes, but it certain stands out.