My Favorite Eichler Model — For Sale Again

This is my favorite Eichler model, and this home is now back for sale again. If it looks familiar, you may remember it the last time it was for sale when it was sold as a fixer. Now it’s fixed up and has just hit the market. This isn’t our listing, but we’re happy to give you our 100% honest opinion (and give a personal tour).

Interior tract location, and a great-sized yard make this one particularly attractive. It last sold for $668k about 16 months ago. And while Eichler homes have certainly appreciated in value significantly, there’s also a little bit more of a story to this one. The last time it was offered it was sold as a property needing some TLC, but perhaps even more pertinent was the fact that the previous owner had cats — lots of cats. I’m very pleased to report there is no more “evidence” (use your imagination) of cats living there.

It has also been remodeled. How did they do? Well, it’s a bit of a mixed-bag. I love the sparse yard and this home has always had one of my favorite atrium layouts — it feels so connected to the rest of the house. And it’s staged wonderfully by the owner, who we are told is an interior designer.

With that said, it’s not all unicorns and daisies. I think a price tag beginning with a “9” in Fairmeadow has certain connotations — namely a house that is pretty close to perfect. Especially when it is the smallest model. And that isn’t this house. I expect a magazine-level property and I’m not sure this one is it. Yes, the kitchen is remodeled. Yes, the bathrooms have been refreshed (newer vanities, older tile). Yes, it has exposed concrete floors. But that’s just it — all of the right boxes are checked, but the overall effect is a little underwhelming, and I think I know why.

The kitchen is remodeled, but the cabinets look like they came from Builders Surplus. The VCT has been removed from the concrete floors, but the corners edges show brown spots proving two things: this was a DIY effort and the floors have not been ground and polished. The bathrooms are refreshed, but not really remodeled. And then there are the little details — the kinds of things you might not notice on your first visit to the house but you’d definitely notice after about 15 minutes. Things like the exterior light by the front door — which is attached to the wall and has a cord running to it from where the light used to be…which just has a metal plate.

This is a great house and a HUGE improvement over what this house was. But it isn’t a magazine-level remodel. And I think it’s important to set your expectations appropriately. Personally, there is a lot of money I would need to spend on this house after moving in. But don’t take our word for it — let us give you a private showing and see for yourself.

1830 N Ridgewood Street, Orange, CA 92865 (MLS # OC16077020)

(all data current as of 5/26/2019)
Price $886,250
Beds 4
Baths 2 baths
Home size 1,646 sq ft
Lot Size 8,276 sqft
Days on Market 62
Status Sold
Eichler mid century living at it's finest!!This Eichler has it all!Not only is this one of the rarest Eichler floorplans that you will not see very often, it is one of the best! This TWO CAR GARAGE HOME is a very quiet interior location with a HUGE Lot that currently bosts maximum outdoor entertaining including a horse shoe pitt,rock fire pit area spa and plenty of room for a huge pool or bocce ball if you wanted to add.The landscaping was all completely remodeled to perfection with solar lighting and drought resistant.The sleek clean look of the radiant heat concrete floors compliments the waterfall quartz kitchen counters that put the remodeled kitchen over the top.Espresso cabinets and all new appliances are just part of the kitchen remodel.DID I MENTION ORIGINAL GLOBE BALL INDOOR LIGHTS?The true and authentic look Joseph Eichler had envisioned dangling from his vaulted open beam ceilings.Both bathrooms updated with new lighting, cabinets,flooring and sinks and faucets.Yes it also has A/C and the Foam roof adding more and more value and convenience.All this and more secured and monitored by the ADT with it's high tech security system.Only 340 Eichler homes in the City of Orange and this Fairmeadow community is just a couple miles from OLD TOWN ORANGE!

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 6/14/2016 Tract
Year Built 1962 Community 75 - Orange, Orange Park Acres
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Orange
Total Parking n/a

Additional Details

Lot 0.19 Area 75 - Orange, Orange Park Acres
HOA Dues 0 Parking Spaces: 2.00
Pool Description None Sewer Sewer In Street
Stories 1 Utilities District/Public; Sewer In Street;
View Description None Water District/Public


Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances Dishwasher, Freezer, Garbage Disposal, Gas Stove, Microwave
Fireplace Yes
Garage Driveway - Concrete, Garage - Two Door, Yes
Heat Radiant
Interior Bathtub, Beamed Ceilings, Brick Walls, High Ceilings (9 Feet+), Open Floor Plan, Remodeled Kitchen, Shower, Shower in Tub, Storage Space
Lot Description Front Yard, Yard
Master on Main Yes
Style Modern


Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Wyn Dee Swartz, First Team Estates

(view all details for MLS #OC16077020)

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