Our Eichler was built in 1955, along with 60+ others, in South Land Park Hills, Sacramento, California.
In July 1955, the 3-bed version of our model (we have 4) appeared in House & Home and Living magazines.
Every Eichler here was designed by prolific Eichler architects, A. Quincy Jones (right) and Frederick Emmons (left).
Ours is the JE-84 plan –one of just four in the original sales brochure, though we’ve counted eight model variations here.
Our ‘front’ door is at the side (confusingly) accessed via path, then entrance courtyard –one of four distinct outdoor areas.
Inside, 4 beds / 2 baths, arranged over 1725 SqFt, on just shy of a quarter-acre lot –large by Eichler standards.
JE-84 (reversed) | 4 beds/2 baths | 1725 SqFt | Jones + Emmons | 1955
Our living area comprises a good-sized living and dining combination, adjacent family room, and galley kitchen.
In the bedroom wing, an ample master suite, three compact bedrooms, guest bathroom, and laundry nook.
Outside, we have an entrance courtyard, side-yard (“terrace” on the plan) large back yard and sloping front (neither pictured).
Our early model doesn’t boast every Eichler trait (atrium, anyone?) but there are familiar features, with the odd twist…
Globe lights hang in our entry/kitchen, with small versions in our corridors, and wall-mounted by our entrance and patio.
Post and beam construction, allowing large walls of glass, topped by cross beams and tongue ‘n’ groove ceilings.
Eichler siding exterior, though our early ‘wideline’ version has wider grooves than later ‘thinline’ or ‘Plank-Tex’ siding.
Mahogany paneling on all our walls, though all were painted when we arrived –we’ve restored four walls, so far.
Cinder-block defines our model, with a wall visible from the street and living area, plus a matching fireplace.
Our home has plenty of original Eichler features. Some we recognized instantly, and some we’ve grown to appreciate –mainly by noticing their absence in similar homes …
Not long after moving here, I managed to get hold of the building permit for our lot. Interestingly, the square footage is stated as 1564, when ours is more like 1725 …
Our model is the JE-84, one of four plans from the original Sacramento Eichler brochure. Actually, that version has the garage on the left, so I flipped it …
During our extensive Eichler research, and even before we’d considered buying in Sacramento, we discovered a real treasure –the original sales brochure …
Globe lights are synonymous with Eichler Homes, but sometimes get edited out during owner ‘upgrades’ –we were happy to discover (pretty much) all of ours intact …
Having read plenty of renovation blogs (Eichler and otherwise) in the past, this is typically when the jaw-dropping ‘before’ photos are revealed …