eichler spotting: willow glen

July 28, 2014

I’ve been up to a lot lately, but not a lot of blogging it seems.  I managed to grab my camera on an early morning walk this weekend, so I can give you a peek at another one of the Eichler tracts near where we live.

You can find these Eichlers in San Jose, along Dumbarton Avenue, Comstock Lane, Hudson Drive, Raleigh Drive, and Frobisher Way.  I’m not sure what this particular tract is called, as it seems to possibly be an extension of our own Fairglen tract.

The tract is small, just about sixty houses completed in 1962, whereas ours is around 250 houses.  It’s cozy and has its own distinct feel.

The models built as part of this tract are much different from ours in some surprising ways.  One is that many of them have cinder block walls as part of their facade.  I love this style since it always takes me back to Palm Springs and the Racquet Club Estates in particular.  Cinder block paired with a flat top Eichler?  Swoon.

This house with the funky stone is one of my guilty pleasures.  It’s a bit on the 70s side rather than mid-century.  I can’t help but picture a Jonathan Adler-style party house on the other side of those double doors.

I’m keeping an eye out for paint colours lately and found lots of nice muted tones here.  And these great pops of colour too:

It’s a varied neighbourhood, as Eichler tracts usually are.  Lots of flat top models, peaked roof atrium models, little semi-courtyard three-bedroom models (one of which a friend from work just snapped up!), and the inevitable second story additions.  And there are plenty of beautiful old trees to make it feel homey and lush.

If you’d like to take a tour, you can find these houses just south of Curtner Avenue where it intersects Meridian, in the Willow Glen area of San Jose.

All photos by Karolina Buchner

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