front view of 4106 Sacramento Street, Concord
Truth be told, I do prefer Eichlers in totally original condition. But I know that's often not the reality. We have passed the 50 year mark on many Eichlers in my neck of the woods, and these homes, with their *good bones*, have seen several owners, some sympathetic to Eichler's Contemporary MCM style, most not.
That being said, what I look for in most of these homes is what remains of the Eichler finishes, and what has been done to the house in terms of remodeling.
I am also looking at them in terms of price and where they fit into the Eichler market.
Basically, Concord is still a smoking deal!
You can get a clean, owner-occupied Eichler for 40-50% less from the fellow Eichler East Bay neighborhoods of Rancho San Miguel in Walnut Creek, Sequoyah Hills in Oakland, and Greenridge in Castro Valley. Of course each of these neighborhoods have a different look & feel. The fact is, however, they are all, including Concord, apples to apples when it comes to having cool Eichler models.
People will commute for these special homes. Some are willing to take on a project, especially if it's a liveable fixer.
I use this term liberally when it comes to most Eichlers because many are in need of "Re-Eichlering" to not only return them to their former glory, but to achieve maximum dollar in re-sale.
What many people still do not realize is that the Concord Eichler neighborhoods are quiet and family friendly. And, they are full of Eichler enthusiast owners who love to socialize!
A lovely Eichler has just come on the market in Concord. The style in not MCM at all, but the basic Eichler-ness is still present. The price is great, especially for the Bay Area. It has been recently re-done. It's very clean & ready to go- great for someone who wants to hang out for a while, taking time to plan & design how to make the best changes going forward...
4106 Sacramento Street, Concord asking $539,900
- 4/2, 1,795 sf, 7,600 sf lot
- Claude Oakland designed
- Built 1963
- Rancho del Diablo neighborhood
- Double garage
- Large, level, clean lot- lots of room for garden & grassy area
- Siding is over-all in good shape
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What I like about the home:
- Owner occupied
- Feels clean
- Repainted, interior/exterior
- Foam Roof
- Radiant Works (per listing)
- Original features still present include: Ball lights, unpainted t&g, some unpainted luan, unpainted mahogany door jams, unpainted mahogany doors, some Eichler door knobs, mistolite glass looks good
- Siding looks good
- Garage is huge & well organized
- Original back glass and Arcadia doors present
- Unpainted fireplace
- New, rectangular off-white tile is nice and workable with house. I'd keep it for a while
- Kitchen is re-modeled (a plus & a minus) which gives you a nice kitchen going in, even if you change it later
- Bathroms are clean and liveable, Master bath was remodeled in same style as kitchen
- Awesome pantry/laundry room off kitchen w/slider
- Has original house numbers
What I'd change:
- The Kitchen is the big one. It's very nice w/granite, new appliances, but it does not work with the Eichler. Still, it could be used for several years before it was remodeled.
- New Atrium flooring not the best choice for the Eichler
- I'd change carpet to matching tile
- Planters were removed in the Atrium. I really wish people would not do this! It definitely detracts from the exterior as it was designed.
- Change out the traditional front door.
- Some of the luan was painted over
- Strange attempt at re-staining Diningroom luan does not work. Same strange re-stain on some of the interior doors as well. I would strip off this finish and re-do with Danish oil.
- I'd eventually replace paneled garage doors with Eichler-style garage doors. That large sectional, double garage door kills the front.
- This home is in desperate need of curb appeal! It is clean, but a *Plain Jane*. Needs some of that Eicheler-style brought back with paint & sympathetic plants.
Summary: Since a recent listing on 4076 Wilson Lane went off the market, this is now the only Eichler for sale in Concord. It's such a good price, and shows really well, definitely worth a look!!
original numbers- a little worn and painted, but still there!
atrium t&g is unpainted, original stain- bonus!
iconic view of atrium with beam, open atrium is nice
atrium view from livingroom
interior tile is new & nice, not crazy about atrium tile however... tile went over planters
Livingroom view, very workable. Great to see all the ball lights! I'd start the re-do by removing the vertical blinds...
kitchen view from family room
family room/eat-in kitchen area. New kitchen
kitchen stained t&g with ball lights & vent hood
kithchen view from garage door, looking towards pantry
pantry off kitchen is awesome to have! it has slider to side yard
garage off kitchen, very clean and organized
garage clerastory window
office off atrium
bathroom 2, some re-modeling. door is to side yard
Master vanity is new- not Eichler style, but useable
back of house is clean
right hand side yard
back yard view- large, flat lot!
back yard from other side
back of home with storage closet
back from left side
front, left side view
front view of this Claude Oakland designed Eichler. Could add tons of Eichler-style for not much money!
Photographs copyright Suzanne Dunn, The Glass Box
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any realtors or real estate brokerages. I am not a general contractor or home inspector. I am an Eichler homeowner with 15 years of renovation experience. Observations on homes are my own and are made during a walk through viewing. Buyers should obtain their own inspection by a qualified home inspector before purchase.