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Jerry’s Journal of 2008

December 29, 2008. – – – 2 new listings were posted during my hiatus, 1 in San Jose and 1 in San Mateo. 1 sale was reported in the San Mateo Highlands. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – There are now 11 Eichler homes currently on the market in the Bay Area. They range in price from $519,000 in Palo Alto, to $1,499,000 in Palo Alto. 1 is in Cupertino, 3 are in Palo Alto, 3 are in the San Mateo Highlands, 1 is in San Mateo, 1 is in Sunnyvale, and 2 are in San Jose. 12-29-08. Back in the saddle to a bit of activity during the holiday. As mentioned early this month, the market activity on my Eichler Market Data page got down into the 60's – 66 to be exact – and will probably stay around that area for a month or so. Typical. As mentioned last week, I'm happy to announce that I have formed a new relationship with a very active and capable team of realtors, so that Eichler enthusiasts and home sellers can continue to benefit from the activities and history of Eichler Homes Realty – now infused with new energy and talent. Mark Easterday and Sabrina Huang, of […]

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Cancelled: 104 Ferne Ave, Palo Alto, 94306

104 Ferne Ave — $664,000. Listed 11/10/2008 (Carmen M Salazar of Intero Real Estate Services represents the Seller) – 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms– 1038sf living space on a 1224sf lot– Condo with courtyard entry, fire place, skylights, 2 patios and pool. Mark's Preview Notes:  The fact that this Eichler Townhome backs up to Alma might scare most people but this home has mature bamboo plants helping to block that noise.  This unit has original bathroom vanities and the kitchen may have been updated some time ago but the natural wood ceiling has been nicely preserved.  For someone with a modern vision and if you can get this at the right price, this home could be a great project of which you could be proud.

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Cancelled: 50 Roosevelt Circle, Palo Alto

50 Roosevelt Circle — $1,050,000. Listed 10/21/08 (Carol Lin of Alain Pinel Realtors represent the Seller) Cancelled - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms – 1198sf living space a 6372sf lot – Sunny and bright 3BR/2BA contemporary charmer; the bathrooms have been updated; patios on both sides; fenced backyard with mature trees Mark's Preview Notes: This is a nice and bright home based on the configuration and orientation.  The downside with this model is that it does not have a "true" master bedroom suite because both bathrooms are considered hall bathrooms.

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Withdrawn: 371 Carolina Lane, Palo Alto

371 Carolina Lane — $1,350,000. Listed 10/3/08 (Juliana Lee of Keller Williams Realty represent the Seller) Withdrawn – 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms– 1950sf living space a 6325Ssf lot– "Stunning", completely re-designed and expanded; new roof, electrical, dual-pane windows, gourmet kitchen, and radiant heating system.  Mark's Preview Notes: This is an immaculate remodel with a lot of great features and updates that use many nice textures and components.  There is very little to be disappointed with here. ps. You can rent this place for $4500 a month (MLS#80913946)

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Withdrawn: 804 Piper Drive, Sunnyvale

804 Piper Drive — $1,198,000. Listed 10/1/08 (Dave Clark of Coldwell Banker represents the Seller) withdrawn – 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms– 2308sf living space on a 9700sf lot– Spacious home with 2-way fireplace, hardwood flooring, upgraded baths and much, much more. Mark's Preview Notes: This is a very nice example of a gallery model Eichler, one where the fireplace is located in the center of the home and acts as a room divider.  This home feels very spacious and has another unique feature of an “indoor atrium”.

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Eichler Books

Seldom will you find a real estate broker – or anyone else for that     matter – that has sufficient interest and expertise to direct the production and co-author     a book on a given subject.  Jerry Ditto – with the publication of the best-selling,     and award-winning book, Eichler Homes – Design for Living – has done     just that. The first book to chronicle     Joe Eichler’s contribution to residential architecture, it remained on the San Francisco     Chronicle’s best selling book list for 6 weeks shortly after its publication, and it was named one of the eight winners in the 1997 American Institute     of Architects International Book Award competition.     The Eichler owner or aficionado will find     the book a tasteful photo-essay of the work of Joseph Eichler and his architects.      Selected excerpts and photographs follow. Left: The Eichler Atrium: Outdoor environment and space captured for living. Right: The architects’ site planning and overall tract layout was an early     distinguishing mark of Eichler’s home-building style.  The gentle, flowing lines of     the sidewalk, trees, and landscaping provide a pleasing contrast to the horizontal and     vertical design elements of the houses.

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