Joseph Eichler and his homes still strut and thrive throughout California, and that is true in Silicon Valley. Among the 11,000 or so homes built that carry his design, Eichler homes, or “Eichlers,” are still in demand by Silicon Valley homeowners.

Walk or drive through the Fairgrove neighborhood in southern Cupertino, and houses that boast clean lines, post-and-beam construction, flat or low-pitched roofs, big windows, and airy spaces. Dryscape, citrus trees, and drought resistant plants greet you here and there, but this is not Palm Springs, but Cupertino, one of the many economic and technology hubs in Silicon Valley.

Built in the early 1960s, many of Cupertino’s Eichler homes began to look rather sad and were undesirable by the 1980s. The rise in Silicon Valley housing prices, coupled with a renewed interest in mid-century architecture, catapulted these homes into high demand. Of the 220 or so that still stand, most are well maintained and boast BMWs and Priuses where El Caminos and Pintos reigned way back when.

Now the neighborhood is proudly one of Joseph Eichler’s legacies. Eichler was in part responsible for expanding mid-century style from corporate offices and Hollywood types like Frank Sinatra to the middle class. In the early 1960s, the Cupertino Eichlers sold for about US$20,000. Multiply that sum by a few and add a zero, and you have an idea of how much Eichler homes can now set you back.

Another unassuming Eichler in Cupertino

Another unassuming Eichler in Cupertino

An Eichler house in the shadows, Cupertino

An Eichler house in the shadows, Cupertino

Eichler house near Cupertino High School

Eichler house near Cupertino High School

 
A splash of color in front of an Eichler in the Fairgrove neighborhood, Cupertino

A splash of color in front of an Eichler in the Fairgrove neighborhood, Cupertino

A bit of Americana tied to an Eichler, Silicon Valley

A bit of Americana tied to an Eichler, Silicon Valley

The front of Eichlers welcome you to where the outdoors meets indoor living space

The front of Eichlers welcome you to where the outdoors meets indoor living space

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.