The Best Eichler Home You Aren’t Buying

The pattern is the same nearly every year: in the spring and summer we hear from numerous — no — countless buyers who someday dream of owning an Eichler…but they feel like they will continuously be priced out of the market as the prices rise and competition heats up for the “good” homes. We get it. And it’s an exhausting feeling. But then, every year there seems to be that one house that isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty darned good, it’s at a great price point, and it has trouble selling. This is that house — and it’s the one I’d be buying if I were in the market for an Eichler. 

So I alluded to it not being perfect. It isn’t, but it’s far from a “scratch n’ dent” special, either. Let’s not mince words — if you were looking at the cute model home map of the tract, this probably wouldn’t be your first choice in location. But it’s far from what you’d pick last, too. It does sit on Shaffer, which is the outer edge of the Fairmeadow tract. What does this mean? Opening your front door you look at non-Eichlers. It’s also a little bit busier of a street, but there are speed bumps so it makes the street a lot less attractive to through-traffic and things much quieter. Would you rather back to a street or face one? In an Eichler, with the atrium and backyards as the main outdoor space, I’d much rather face. 

Okay, that’s it. I love everything else about this house. It one of those homes that occupies that perfect sweet spot — it’s totally livable and enjoyable as it sits. There might be things you want to do, but there’s nothing you have to do. It’s a great split-wing model that only exists in the Fairmeadow tract and it has great street presence. And once you enter unadulterated atrium, you’re in the world of Eichler. The bathrooms and kitchen have all been refreshed. It was recently painted inside and out. The white VCT floors are only a few years old and this home still retains the original floating cabinet in the dining room. And the Philippine Mahogany has been restored to the “just right” hue of golden brown. Finally, let’s talk yard. This one feels bigger than most, and has a pool (dark bottomed!) AND entertaining space including grass.

This is exactly the kind of house you’ll be longing for in summer of 2017. Be smarter.

1733 N Shaffer Street, Orange, CA 92865 (MLS # PW16721406)

(all data current as of 4/29/2017)
Price $820,000
Beds 4
Baths 2 full
Home size 1,662 sq ft
Lot Size 8,500 sqft
Days on Market 127
Status Sold
Goodbye boring and Welcome to an Eichler!! We’re talking museum-quality architecture, a wide-open floor plan, glass that blurs the line between inside and out, and the canvas to your new masterpiece – I mean home! Looking for something original? Try the gorgeous beamed ceilings, the Philippine Mahogany walls, or the original (and operable!) radiant floor heating. Looking for upgrades? The updated bathrooms, newer VCT flooring, and the brand new foam roof should do the trick. And what about beauty, because after all, isn’t your home the backdrop to your family’s most treasured memories? Yes, that is a blue water pool in the backyard! Yes, the atrium is going to inspire you! And yes, the split wings do allow you a little retreat from the hustle and bustle of it all. Kiss boring goodbye and come say hello to this Eichler!

Property Type(s): Residential, Single Family Residence

Last Updated 2/14/2017 Tract Other (OTHR)
Year Built 1962 Community Orange, Orange Park Acres E of 55
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Orange
Total Parking 2 Walk Score ® 54

Price History

Prior to Nov 4, '16 $860,000
Nov 4, '16 - Dec 27, '16 $840,000
Dec 27, '16 - Today $820,000


School District Orange Unified

Additional Details

AssociationFee 0 BathroomsFull 2
GarageSpaces 2.00 LandLeaseYN 0
PricePerSquareFoot 493.38


Appliances Dishwasher, Electric Range
ArchitecturalStyle Modern
City Orange
CommonWalls No Common Walls
CommunityFeatures Curbs, Sidewalks, Suburban
ConstructionMaterials Glass, Wood Siding
Cooling Wall Window
Country United States
CountyOrParish Orange
EatingArea Dining Room
ElevationUnits Feet
FireplaceFeatures Family Room
Flooring Vinyl
Heating Radiant
HighSchoolDistrict Orange Unified
InteriorFeatures Beamed Ceilings, Open Floor Plan
LaundryFeatures Inside
Levels One
ListAgentAOR Pacific West
LivingAreaUnits Square Feet
LotFeatures Back Yard, Front Yard, Lawn, Sprinklers In Front, Sprinklers In Rear
LotSizeSource Assessor
LotSizeUnits Square Feet
MajorChangeType Closed
MLSAreaMajor 75 - Orange, Orange Park Acres E of 55
ParkingFeatures Driveway - Concrete, Garage - Front Entry, RV Potential
PoolFeatures In Ground, Private
PreviousStandardStatus Pending
PropertySubType Single Family Residence
PropertyType Residential
RoomType All Bedrooms Down, Atrium, Entry
SpecialListingConditions Standard
StandardStatus Closed
StateOrProvince CA
StreetSuffix Street
View Pool
WaterSource Public
WindowFeatures Atrium, Skylights, Wood Frame Windows
YearBuiltSource Assessor


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Listing provided by : Kelly Laule, Better Living SoCal

(view all details for MLS #PW16721406)


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