Exemplifing the Modern in an Eichler

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This 1964 classic Joseph Eichler residence by architect Claude Oakland, F.A.I.A. exemplifies Oakland's social concern of building better living for those without the pocketbook of the very wealthy. Here in the Balboa Highlands Eichler built one of his now historic modern neighborhoods. Eichler homes line the concentric hillside streets where the low-pitch slope of Oakland's design seems to pay homage to the San Fernando Valley's growing aerospace industry of the Cold-War era. Like a B2 Bomber's absolute symmetry, the axial plane of the house is most noticeable from the street, seemingly as if lining up along a tarmac from one of the many Los Angeles area airports. With abundant light and air, and restored over the last decade with modern amenities, such as 6'' insulating foam on the roof seamlessly incorporated into the original design, the residence offers year-round comfort in a historic modernist environment.
 
Photography and text courtesy of Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.
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