Monday, June 3, 2013

pristine eichler on the market in fairhaven orange tract

Orange, California is known for three Eichler housing tracts. I keep an eye on them since I am a bit gaga for Eichler who was a well-known mid-century modern developer.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

The pictures from the listing looked suitably colorful and the lines looked right. I decided to pop up the freeway and take a look for myself.

The real estate agent, Chris Merritt of First Team Real Estate, kindly let me take pictures.  Here is the typical street facing view of an Eichler with its absence of street-facing windows.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

The home has had very little work done to it over the years which means there is nearly nothing to undo. Architectural purists like homes in this condition. 

Front entry with a vibrant orange door.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


The house has its original terrazzo flooring extending from the atrium into the home. Inside the floors have radiant heat as well. I love the slatted patio cover over the atrium and the angle of the roof. The listing states that this home was once feature in Sunset magazine. So was ours supposedly but I can't find the article for the life of me.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


View from the living room out to the atrium. Exposed post and beam construction makes me happy.


732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


The living room area is the center of the house, connecting the kitchen to the bedrooms. This Eichler has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,729 square-feet on a magnificent 9,148 square-foot lot. Asking price is $769,000. Last sold in 2001 according to Zillow for $370,000.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


The home is owned by an artist who has moved, but has left a few things to stage it nicely.



732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

The terrazzo floor is in reasonable shape. Just needs a good cleaning. Next area is the kitchen. It is also pretty original. The kitchen cabinets may have been upgraded at one time from the original plywood. The tile top looks like a replacement as well.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


Lower cabinet on the room divider separating the dining room from the kitchen looks fairly original on the bottom.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


Looking from the dining room back into the kitchen.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


This home is big for its day. It also includes a family room off the kitchen. The lighting looks original or suitably appropriate.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


I try to get vintage glass shots in whenever possible.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


Here is a nice angle on the room divider.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


Okay, down the hall we go for the bedrooms and bathrooms. This is the master. You can tell because it has an en suite.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

These may be original closet doors, jazzed up with paint.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

Requisite bathroom with door to the outside.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


Cool bedroom or office off the atrium. Would be a wonderful place to work.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

Hall closet.
732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


Extra bedroom.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


Back down the hall we go. Atrium is on the right. Bold color is all over this home.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

The backyard of this home is GLORIOUS. Huge by Southern California standards. Love the angles on this house.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

Massive pool.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

Love the slatted patio cover. Love. And back out we go.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract


732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

Exiting through the bright orange door.

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

732 S. Woodland St.Orange, CA 92869 Eichler Fairhaven Tract

Somebody is going to be very happy here. As I said, there is really not much to tear out, but you could have a heck-of-a-time spiffing it all up. Great bones, wonderful lines and nobody fiddled with it all these years.

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18 comments:

  1. When you gave the square footage, I thought that sounded big for an Eichler. That seems like a great price for one that large in that good a condition. I love the paint treatment on the closet doors. I don't know why that small detail caught my eye, but I think it gives standard closet doors a new lease on life. Everything else is pure heavenly Eichler. Makes me wish I could buy it and move to Orange County right now.

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    1. The lot is big and the house is big. Honestly there are great bones here. This house would be a joy to live in.

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  2. I'd rather buy it and move it FROM Orange County - having left there not too long ago! Thanks for sharing this eye candy.

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    1. Eye candy is right. I love the interior atriums and how the front door is really a faux door. One of my favorite features.

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  3. Thanks for sharing these pics Rebecca. I know nothing about Eichler homes (other than I love them!), but I'm slowly learning through your posts. Love the floor to ceiling windows and the pool is amazing. Something about these kind of homes screams old hollywood glamour to me - the patio out the back by the huge pool etc. Gorgeous home.

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    1. I kind of owe a bigger Eichler explanation. He was actually a visionary housing developer who hired architects who eventually ended up being big names in their own right. A. Quincy Jones for example. The huge pool is quite glamorous and you are right. You can see Eichler mixed with Hollywood regency style decorating.

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  4. Eichler homes are beautiful. And check out that furniture. I call dibs on the Egg Chair. Thanks for posting these pics.

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    1. The Egg Chair really stood out to me too. Right there when you walk in the front door!.

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  5. Oh, what a beautiful house, Rebeccca, thanks for the photo tour:-) Such a joy to see it hasn't been ruined by alterations!

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  6. Gorgeous house!!! I love everything about it. Someone is going to love it, you're right. And the right person will leave those bones...maybe reno the kitchen slightly. All that grout! Ouch!

    Great post!

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    1. Yes, I would touch up the kitchen a little to bring it back down to its roots, just a bit.

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  7. The colors really evoke the period. The atrium makes the house so bright and liveable, and/or loveable. And the jackarandas are in bloom, making a lovely backdrop to the home.

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    1. The jacarandas are brilliant!!! I love them. I think they came from Australia....

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  8. I have been an Aussie fan of Eichler for years. I used to spend hours on a particular U S real estate site that specialised in selling Eichlers. Mostly with my mouth wide open. Dreaming and wishing that I could live/own one of his houses...
    This one is very nice, and although I definitely wouldn't stuff it up with unecessary renos I would love to get my hands on it, and in your words, spiff it up (just a little bit - would that be okay?)

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    1. No, don't go crazy, just tidy up a little here and there. The house is looking a tiny bit tired and will need just a little bit of spiffing. Yes, it is totally okay.

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  9. Some good bones in and out. The rear landscape needs help...maybe more wood in place of the tile in one of the rooms. But not shabby!

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    1. You are right. The landscape is a little on the neglected side. A good landscape architect would have a field day.

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