Foster City, that living museum of ’60s and ’70s architecture, is a great place to find Eichlers.
The setting is unique for an Eichler neighborhood, with most homes a stone’s throw from the Bay and within sight of the graceful span of the San Mateo Bridge. It’s windy and treeless out here at the end of Hillsdale, but the prosaically named Neighborhood #2 is still one of the most uniformly pleasant of Eichler neighborhoods, benefiting greatly from a number of low-traffic courts.
Built from 1964 to 1966, these 235 Eichlers are far less ambitious and more mass-market than the nearby Mills Estate Eichlers of Burlingame, built about the same time, but they’re also a lot less expensive. Lots are small, often under 6000 sq.ft., and virtually every home is less than 2000 sq.ft. (and often much less) although a five-bedroom model of 1930 sq.ft. is popular. The architecture is less daring, even retrograde by mid-’60s Eichler standards and reminiscent of what Joe was building in 1956, and there’s a shed-roof design that goes back to Joe’s earliest days, but the gallery model shows up occasionally and atriums are plentiful.
Bargain-priced compared to Palo Alto, but still offers consistently attractive, well-maintained neighborhoods and well-regarded schools.
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