One of the most popular of the mid-Century " California Modern" homes is the Eichler home.  This very spacious home, at 8010 Shay Drive in Oakland, represents the core concept of the Eichler design-- bring the "outside in".  Designed by acclaimed architect A. Quincy Jones in 1965, this version is referred to as the "Double A" style, and, as such, was one the most popular of the Eichler styles that was developed.

 It offers 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a gracefully designed swimming pool.  

One of the most popular features of the Eichler design was the welcoming front atrium, which was usually open to the outside, and around which all the other rooms of the homes were arrayed.  

As you enter the home from the atrium, you are greeted by the floor to ceiling walls of glass, soaring beamed ceilings, a stunning wood burning fireplace, handsome Pergo flooring everywhere, and views throughout the home.

Off to the right center in this view is a dining area that is highlighted by an irresistible built in buffet and display cabinet combination.

Continuing past the buffet cabinet, you will find a bright and breezy kitchen that boasts an appealing skylight, and a delightful breakfast bar.

There were originally 5 bedrooms to this home, but one was redesigned to create an imaginative office/den complete with a custom built wet bar, period lighting, a sunken lounge area with built in seating,  and a steel fireplace.  

There are so many design features that make this home unique, and ideal for entertaining, but there is one more feature that is often a part of an Eichler home--a swimming pool.  Because it is covered, it can be used year round, should one desire-a bit unusual for the Oakland hills.


Upon review of this unique showplace, you can see why Eichler homes have been so popular over the years.  This home is approximately 2421 sf in size, and is being offered for sale for $1,050,000.   Please call me at (510) 517-6280 with your questions and interest.  

(Listing Courtesy of  Thomas Westfall, Alain Pinel Realtors)

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