In Palm Springs, Calif., a $1 million home was just built — with plans resurrected from 1951. The original sold for about $15,000, and was called an Eichler, after developer Joseph Eichler, who offered well-designed, well-built tract homes to the masses a half-century ago.
Bernie Grossman and his wife, Lyla, bought their Eichler home in 1963. Bernie was starting a law practice, and a client told him about these new modern houses going up in Granada Hills, about 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. “He said way up here in this wasteland there’s some crazy builders building a house … I looked at them and, I dunno, they’re kind of weird,” Grossman recalls.
Single-story homes, with open spaces, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and clean, serene lines. Bernie fell in love. He paid $30,000, and raised three children in the house. In fact, Parents Magazine once said an Eichler was the best house in the U.S. for raising children.
“You had two wings completely — with toilet and everything so that each side is independent,” Grossman explains. “You can separate the adults from the children without [their] killing each other.”
The house has five small bedrooms, arranged in two separate wings around the living area and open air atrium (there’s a tree growing up through the roof). Each wing has bathrooms (which has helped keep the peace between the Grossmans). It’s a house designed for California living and sunshine. ….