Eichler Homes in Palo Alto: Ideal for Today's Buyer
REFLECTIONS ON AN EICHLER UPBRINGING: WHAT MAKES EICHLERS IDEAL FOR TODAY”S SMART BUYER
“I remember waking up in the Eichler after we moved. I remember waking up in a white bedroom and walking out into light,” says Nick Fodor. Now 25, Nick grew up in Palo Alto near the border between the Meadow Park and Adobe Meadow neighborhoods. He was four when his parents moved in. When asked about his childhood home, it is clear from the way his eyes light up that his family’s Eichler is still a cherished memory.
The home, off of Ross Road, backs up to Adobe Creek and is an earlier model than the E-21 at 728 Gailen Ave. Fodor’s house did not have an atrium, instead opening into a large room with a fireplace, but much of what he recalls of the home are Eichler characteristics that make the models ideal for young buyers and families.
Perhaps the most memorable feature of the home, Fodor says, were the huge windows in the kitchen and great room. The east-facing windows filled the kitchen with golden dmorning light and warmth. “It really woke you up before school,” Fodor laughs. These large windows, also seen at 728 Gailen Ave., are an Eichler trademark, blending indoor and outdoor living.
The oldest of three boys, Fodor recalls the Eichler as being a great place to play, a quality undoubtedly bolstered by the home’s multi-functional rooms. A bedroom became a playroom for Fodor and his brother, and ultimately a nursery when the youngest joined the family. Similarly, a divided great room became two separate rooms for “quiet time,” and also functioned as large play space, as the boys could chase each other around the division.
Beyond functional adaptability, Eichlers enjoy physical adaptability as well. “The owners before us had added a room, we added a deck and a tree house, and the owners after us made further modifications,” Fodor says of his home. “The house has changed significantly to fit the needs of the people who move in.”
Large lots, such as those in Meadow Park, allow owners to adjust their homes as needed, and make the neighborhood feel spacious and relaxed. In combination with the attention to layout, Eichler developments strike a unique balance of privacy and community.
Cul-de-sacs punctuate Meadow Park, creating pockets of homes. Neighbors in cul-de-sacs feel connected, Fodor says. Sleek exteriors marked by landscaping with hedges allow the Eichlers near Fodor’s home to preserve privacy as well. This balance appeals to those who want to know their neighbors and be part of a community, but also feel secure in a private space. Fodor remembers playing with children in the neighborhood, racing his brother on bikes up and down the street and playing hockey in the cul-de-sac. “There was absolutely no traffic,” he says. “We had the street all to ourselves.”
This “just for us” feel is reinforced by nearby parks and schools. “My mom didn’t want us crossing busy streets, and there were a few parks in range where we didn’t have to,” Nick says. “We went to Don Ramos Jesus Park and Palo Verde all the time.”
Still, Fodor thinks about returning to an Eichler in the future. “Looking back it seems like it would be good for kids, especially if you’re starting a family.” Nick remembers feeling at home the first morning he woke up in his new bedroom. Because of their mid-century charm, Eichlers still feel lived in and loved; they are welcoming and effortlessly warm.
This series of posts is intended to highlight the many characteristics that make Eichlers ideal homes for today’s buyer. The Meadow Park neighborhood combines the best of Palo Alto, with tranquil streets, proximity to acclaimed Palo Alto schools, and the timeless style of one of the Bay Area’s most influential designers.