Hello! It’s been a while since I posted here (yes, I am alive!) and miraculously, I managed to get out this weekend to check out an open house.
On Sunday, we saw this peaked-roof model at 2003 Adele Place, which has one of the most uncommon Eichler features in my mind: windows that face the street. It’s part of the Ginkgo Eichler tract I posted about a while back, which is slightly older than our tract, and just about a block away. Here’s the realtor photo of the front elevation:
This home was built in 1957 and it’s been kept in great shape. I thought I’d take some of my usual snoopy neighbour photos and report back, as is my Eichler-fanatic duty. All of these were snapped with my phone and even though they’re not the greatest, I thought I’d share what caught my eye.
The above view is leading to the front door. Those windows look directly into the kitchen and adjacent lounge.
Upon walking in, I knew immediately that we were in for a real treat: the original features of this house are fantastic. The tongue-and-groove ceilings were pristine with the builder’s light grey pickling stain, and the black painted beams highlight the architecture.
THOSE CEILINGS. I need those ceilings. Where’s my paint stripper?!
It’s a bit hard to convey with my photos but the floorplan was really nice. From the front door, you walk in to the kitchen/lounge area, which is separated from the main living room by a partial wall. The living room features a wall of glass to the shaded patio and backyard. In the afternoon, the light flows from the back to the front and gives a really open feeling. The bedrooms are quite separate from the flow of traffic and off of the main hallway.
Back to the finishes (which I tend to obsess about): all of the mahogany panels and just about all of the original globe lights were in place. The floors were newer carpet and vinyl tile, but that would be a pretty easy fix as renovations go. Some of the closet doors had been modified to be hinged instead of sliding and the kitchen looked to be a fusion of some late ’80s upgrades to the original, which is not a huge deal and could be improved over time.
All of the closets had grasscloth covered doors, something that’s on The List for our house:
… though I might opt for a more subtle contrast than the black.
Here’s the backyard view. Directly ahead is the main living space, with the master bedroom off to the left, with its own floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The most surprising thing about the house was the enormous yard, which feels to me like a rarity for San Jose Eichlers (our yard is maybe a third the size!) Here’s the house looking particularly picturesque with that lovely old tree:
We had a chance to chat with the realtor, Kevin of Erdal Team, who told us this was the home of an original owner, and that the wood paneling was oiled every year to maintain it. It warms my heart to see such a well cared for Eichler.
The housing market in the SF Bay Area has been crazy this spring, so of course the home is already pending. I hope whoever ends up with this house loves it very much.
You can find the listing here with more photos: https://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Jose/2003-Adele-Pl-95125/home/1477714
All photos except where credited by Karolina Buchner