Those drawn to the Bauhaus design and mid-century modern homes quickly become stark-raving fans of Eichler Homes. Between 1949 and 1966, Joseph Eichler built over 11,000 homes in California, known as Eichlers, and became one of the nation’s most influential builders of modern homes. The Rose Glen Eichlers, built in the early 1950s, were the first built in San Jose.
Originally advertised as “Morepark” in this subdivision, these homes were listed between $14,800 to $16,750.
Eichler homes are from a branch of Modernist architecture that has come to be known as “California Modern,” and and typically feature glass walls, post and beam construction, and open floorplans in a style indebted to Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. One of Eichler’s signature concepts was to “Bring the Outside In,” achieved via floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking out on protected and private outdoor rooms. The Eichler trademark interior is beautiful Lauan mahogany panel walls, with an open modern floor plan.
Both A. Quincy Jones, of Jones & Emmons and Anshen & Allen architect teams designed homes for this San Jose Rose Glen “Morepark” development. Resident Karina Marshall visited the research library at UCLA and learned that the architectural firms generally designed homes on their own, through shared ideas, with one firm building on a concept originating from the other. In Morepark, the collaboration was even closer. “Many site plans for Morepark had both architects’ logos on them, which was kind of interesting. This was kind of an experimental neighborhood,” she says. “They had a survey done here, asking people how they liked their open floorplan kitchens and other features of the houses.”
Steve Jobs said he grew up in an Eichler home and stated “that his appreciation for Eichler homes instilled in him a passion for making nicely designed products for the mass market.” Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak grew up in an Eichler located in Sunnyvale, CA.