REAL ESTATE

Mid-Century Madness: A Cluster of Eichlers Hits the Market in San Jose

  • 1634 Fairwood Ave

    1634 Fairwood Ave

  • 1640 Fairorchard Ave

    1640 Fairorchard Ave

  • 1668 Fairlawn Ave

    1668 Fairlawn Ave

It's an Eichler extravaganza! Excuse our enthusiasm, but we've sighted a real estate unicorn. A grouping of six Mid-Century Modern houses from developer Joseph Eichler has hit the market in San Jose, CA. (Two houses are pending sale.)

Eichler properties, for those not in the know, are enclaves of innovative tract houses that were well-built, well-designed, and -- gasp -- affordable. While they're no longer low-cost, the distinctive open-concept homes with indoor-outdoor flow are still must-have homes decades later.

Pockets of these developments can be found throughout California, and when they come up for sale, fans of the style usually jump fast. What can we say: We like Eichlers.

Take our guided tour of the quartet of homes on the market, as well as two pending sales in the vicinity.

Address: 1634 Fairwood Ave.
Price: $1,368,000
The skinny: According to the listing, "This is the eclectic Eichler you have been waiting for." And if bold colors, concrete floors, and a glassed-in living room and atrium are on your check list, this four-bedroom home is for you.

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Address: 2449 Fairoak Court
Price: $1,249,000 (pending sale)
The skinny: Built in 1969, this meticulously updated property includes bamboo flooring, an updated master bathroom, solar power, lighting, and an airy remodeled kitchen with new cabinets, counters, and stainless-steel appliances.

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Address: 1640 Fairorchard Ave.
Price: $1,295,000
The skinny: Exquisitely preserved, this home includes updated bathrooms and a remodeled kitchen with granite countertops. The converted garage doubles as a guest room, and the huge (and green) lawn outside is actually a low-maintenance fake.

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Address: 2466 Briarwood Dr.
Price: $1,268,000
The skinny: You'll have easy access to the outdoors with an open-air atrium. You can also build a fire in the brick fireplace or graze at the breakfast bar in the galley kitchen. We recommend drinking in the surroundings thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass of this modern marvel.

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Address: 1668 Fairlawn Ave.
Price: $1,295,000
The skinny: The outdoor space makes for great entertaining: Shake the martinis at the wet bar, lounge under a sun umbrella, or linger by the heat lamp on cool evenings. Indoors, the cheery interior includes tile flooring and decorative pops of color in the kitchen and bathrooms.

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Address: 1714 Hudson Dr.
Price: $1,248,000 (pending sale)
The skinny: You gotta love the koi pond that greets you before you step inside this 1962 pad. High-end details include the glassed-in atrium, a black-bottom pool with spa, marble floors, and updated kitchen and bathrooms.