Joseph Eichler (1900–1974) was an American real estate developer known for bringing mid-century modern architecture to the masses.
With the help of modernist architects like Robert Anshen of Anshen & Allen, the San Francisco firm Claude Oakland & Associates, the Los Angeles firm of Jones & Emmons, A. Quincy Jones, and Raphael Soriano, Eichler developed a unique modern house design.
Fondly referred to as California Modern or simply Eichlers the design of the exterior features very few windows. The interior follow an open floor plan typical of a Frank Lloyd Wright or Mies van der Rohe residence.
He built over 11,000 homes during his lifetime including his own. His residential subdivisions of Mid-Century modern style tract housing are located in Northern California, mainly in San Francisco, Marin County, Sacramento, the East Bay towns of Walnut Creek, Concord, Oakland, Castro Valley, and the San Francisco Peninsula towns of San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and San Jose. In Southern California, Eichler Homes can be found in Thousand Oaks, Granada Hills, Orange, and Palm Springs.