Once-in-a-Generation Eichler

This one is special. You could make that argument for every Eichler home, but this one is extra special. Not just because it’s rare (there is only one other of this model in Southern California), but because of how different it is from all of the other Southern California Eichlers. It’s also located in right in the social center of the Fairhaven neighborhood. 

Most Eichler homes have a very simple approach…the front door is almost there only as a functional necessity. That’s one thing that makes this design unique. There’s an overhang that extends, like an overhead red carpet, to draw you inside. This is one of a handful of Eichlers that doesn’t have an atrium. At first that might sound like a negative — but it isn’t. The kitchen has a wall of glass that opens out to a private courtyard. It’s a pie-shaped lot, so the front yard would normally be wasted, unused space. The enclosed courtyard works, and being off the kitchen connects it to the hub of modern family life.

Aesthetically, this home has a few unique tricks. I love the master bedroom. We always caution Eichler owners (especially those coming from newer, traditional homes) — the master bedrooms can be a little underwhelming. Sure, some owners have done amazing additions, but the standard floor plans emphasize the living room above all. That’s still true, but unlike nearly every other Eichler, the master isn’t just a box with a sliding door — the roof is part flat and part sloped, creating a spot for hidden clerestory windows which “magically” bathe the sleeping area in light. It’s awesome.

And if the house itself weren’t awesome. the lot, location, and landscape would win you over. Fairhaven is a special neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood where you know your neighbors — because you all share a love for Eichler homes. It’s an amazing place and many of our clients say it feels like a small town in the midwest. And even if you don’t want to know your neighbors…you have the mother of all yards. The original owners of this home showed no restraint in designing the pool area. Seemingly without any concern to budget, they designed a backyard stay-cation oasis in an era when a pool meant a concrete hole in the ground with little else. 

This home steals a little bit of my heart, and it will yours, too. With only two of this model in all of Southern California, it’s very possible one may never again come for sale in your lifetime. Why wait? The most expensive time to waste is the time between knowing what you want to do, and actually doing it. 

This Eichler is our listing…doesn’t it make sense to get a personal tour from the Realtors who know the most about Eichlers?  Contact us. 

3841 E Fernwood Avenue, Orange, CA 92869 (MLS # PW17136942)

(all data current as of 5/24/2019)
Price $985,000
Beds 4
Baths 2 baths
Home size 1,788 sq ft
Lot Size 8,300 sqft
Days on Market 115
Status Sold
A diamond is forever. But a close second, a runner-up, if you will, would be this house. Ladies & gentleman, meet the diamond Eichler — quite possibly your “forever home." This timeless, rare, valuable, Princess Cut of a home that will not disappoint. This model is one of just two in Orange County — you may never see it for sale again in your lifetime. What makes it unique? The curb view is unmistakably different. Instead of the standard Eichler facade, you have a modern, horizontal fence enclosing a floating entryway and front courtyard. And because this front courtyard is replacing the typical “Eichler atrium,” feel free to follow the courtyard all the way around the house, with a wraparound backyard, pool, and deck - larger than most because the home sits on a pie-shaped lot. So we have a diamond - but how is it cut? What’s the clarity? And how many carats? You’re looking at a flawless, perfectly clear example: custom kitchen cabinets, limestone kitchen counters, bamboo hardwood floors, caulked tongue and groove ceiling beams, gas cooktop, convection oven, epoxy-coated garage floor, remodeled bathrooms, the list goes on and on. I could keep describing this diamond - but I think it would be best if you come try it on.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 10/12/2017 Tract Other (OTHR)
Year Built 1960 Community 75 - Orange, Orange Park Acres
Garage Spaces n/a County Orange
Total Parking n/a


School District Orange Unified

Additional Details

Lot 8300 sq ft Area 75 - Orange, Orange Park Acres
HOA Dues 0.00 Parking Spaces: 2.00
Pool Description Private,In Ground Stories 1
Subdivision Other (OTHR) Utilities Public;
View Description None Water Public


Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances Convection Oven, Dishwasher, Gas Range, Microwave
Fireplace Yes
Garage Garage
Heat Central Furnace
Interior Beamed Ceilings, Block Walls, Living Room Deck Attached
Lot Description Back Yard, Landscaped
Pool Yes
Style Craftsman, Modern


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Listing provided by : Kelly Laule, Better Living SoCal

(view all details for MLS #PW17136942)

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