8050 Shay Drive
Rarely available, mesmerizing Eichler home located high atop the Oakland hills in the private and quiet Sequoyah Hills neighborhood. Affectionately known as the “Land of the Lost Eichlers”, Sequoyah Hills is one of the smallest, yet incredibly dynamic Eichler neighborhoods in all the Bay Area for its unique and cutting edge designs. Built in 1965 during the heyday of Eichler homes, this particular model known as the OKC-63 was designed by renowned mid-century modern architect Claude Oakland, and features everything you’d want in an Eichler home including a massive open-air atrium, and signature great room with soaring ceilings, dining area, and gorgeous wood burning brick fireplace as its centerpiece.
Amazing single level unaltered open floor plan with newer double pane windows and sliders throughout, 3 ample sized bedrooms, and 2 split baths including a wonderful master suite with large walk-in closet and organizer, direct access to the outdoor space, and private bath with updated fixtures and original cabinetry in excellent condition. The galley kitchen also has original cabinetry and countertops in excellent condition, updated stainless steel appliances, a large pantry, and direct access to the atrium and enormous attached 2 car garage with storage, and laundry room. There’s also plenty of original details as well that epitomize the era including mahogany paneling in excellent condition, globe lights, newer period flooring, original tile in loggia and hallway, original closet doors, and beautiful unpainted ceilings throughout.
Magnificent fully enclosed meticulously landscaped outdoor space that’s your own private oasis, and perfect for entertaining and relaxing with family and friends throughout the year. There’s an awesome deck and sitting/dining area with concrete countertops, solar shade, and power in the backyard just off the great room that’s an extension of the home and an excellent example of the Eichler spirit of bringing the outdoors in. Programmable irrigation for easy maintenance in all yards, as well as accent lighting throughout, and water features in the backyard and atrium. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, there’s also an additional permitted “casita” on the property with power, double pane slider, and deck that serves as an office, studio, or guest house.
The architect Claude Oakland has been credited with designing over 3,430 Eichler homes in 51 subdivisions, and worked for Eichler homes for over 25 years. Oakland was originally an architect for the first firm hired by Eichler homes Anshen and Allen, and later founded his own firm in 1960 and designed Eichler homes until 1974, the last year Eichler homes were constructed. Oakland was responsible for “cleaning up the lines” of some of the first designs that created the Eichler aesthetic, and evolved with the times to create such amazing homes as the OKC-34 of Sequoyah Hills, aka 8050 Shay Drive.