In the Silicon Valley, Eichler Is Synonymous With Single-Story Overlay

Residents of homes designed by Joseph Eichler are concerned that new two-story homes could invade their privacy and block sunlight and views. They have sought and won zoning protection.1

Named for designer Joseph Eichler, the homes were developed in the 1940s and are known for their single-story layouts with large glass windows and walls that make the most of access to sunlight. Residents of the homes have become concerned that two-story homes next door would invade their privacy and block sunlight and views.

According to Sunnyvale’s Eichler design guidelines, more than 1,000 of the homes were built in the city between 1949 and 1972.

The council’s April 25 vote rezoned 29 contiguous single-family homes from low-density residential to low-density residential single story. The neighborhood is bounded by Sunnyvale East Channel on the west side, Flamingo Way on the east side, Dunholme Way on the south side and includes Firebird Way.

According to staff, only two of the 29 homeowners were opposed to the rezoning, 17 were in support and the rest were neutral or did not indicate their preference.