David Fenton

Joseph Eichler, a property developer who sold more than 11,000 houses across California between 1950 and 1974, made it his mission to bring the modernist dream to ordinary Americans. The trademark homes, built by a team of San Francisco architects, feature open-plan living areas; clean, geometric lines; exposed timber post-and-beam structural frames; and indoor/outdoor living achieved through skylights, floor-to-ceiling glass, and internal atriums. 

Several of these structures were build in Starboard Court, a suburb of San Francisco, in the 1960s. Today, five of the 10 initial owners still live in the homes. Despite their reputation for flimsiness, none of the homeowners have had to drastically remodel the buildings, so each home retains its retro charm. For example, several of the homes include indoor atriums, abundant natural light, and furniture from the 1960s. 

The houses at Starboard Court, some of the last Eichlers built, are larger and more expensive than previous ones. In 1965, the homes cost about $64,000, but today they're worth closer to $3 million. 

Read more about the homes on The Guardian

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