First new Eichler home in decades has already sold

The Palm Springs residence, built using Joseph Eichler's original blueprints, sold in a day for $1.29 million.
(Marc Baldwin, Baldwin Digital)

A Palm Springs home built using Joseph Eichler’s original blueprints is under contract to sell for $1.29 million.

The newly built Modernist design, considered the first true Eichler home developed in 40 years, came to market on Tuesday. According to real estate brokers and developers Troy Kudlac and Ross Stout of KUD Properties Inc., which handled the listing side, it sold that day for the asking price.

Working with Midcentury architects such as A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, Eichler developed thousands of tract-style homes in the Bay Area as well as Orange County, Los Angeles and other pockets of the country from 1950 up until his passing in 1974.

Plans for the new, aptly described “Desert Eichler” were created using original Eichler blueprints acquired by Palo Alto-based Modern Homes Realty, according to The Desert Sun. The plans were altered slightly to bring the design into the 21st century.


The 2,529-square-foot home, with a distinctly pointed roof and open-space floor plan, features walnut paneling, Kerf cabinetry and a living room with a floor-to-ceiling fireplace.

A tongue-and-groove ceiling, post-and-beam design and a glass-encased atrium are in keeping with the spirit of the vintage. There are five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Grounds of more than a third of an acre are highlighted by a circle pool, a hot tub and a patio, set off by 270-degree mountain views. A casita, to be completed in the next month, provides an additional 352 square feet.

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