Two three level condominium buildings with flats of 2 and 3 bedrooms and central courtyards
Meadowcreek, once referred to as Greenmeadow Apartments, first opened in 1961. A hidden, little enclave of one-story condos in Palo Alto, it is a neighborhood that knows how to carry on together. Like the fall pool scene here, residents regularly gather for food, drink, swimming, and camaraderie. Not only do neighbors play together, but they work together as well, managing the complex themselves through their homeowners association and performing hands-on chores. The units occupy three buildings built around a parking area with a carport, making efficient use of the 1.2 acres. Everybody volunteers in the neighborhood, and has different responsibilities. To create and maintain a good group of homeowners requires attracting only somebody perfect – or someone not so private. Your next-door neighbor is really your next-door neighbor. Within one day of living in Meadowcreek, it is possible to meet everybody in the complex, and the price tags for these condos are a bargain. Thirteen of the units are two-bedroom, four units are one-bedroom. Greenmeadow Apartments was Eichler’s first venture into apartments, or multi-family housing in general. In subsequent years they were followed soon after by two similar projects nearby. Eichler built many more apartments—including Pomeroy Green and Pomeroy West in Santa Clara, Reed Square in Sunnyvale, Midrock townhouses in Mountain View, Laguna Heights apartments (now condos) in San Francisco, and the Diamond Heights and Geneva Terrace townhouses, also in San Francisco.
Panoramic views of the surrounding Bay Area, and the prestigious Russian Hill location are not all you get when living at 999 Green St. (Eichler Summit). Eichler Summit is a full service building with a full-time door person and on-site manager. Originally built in 1964, the 112 units (thought there are less now) making up the Summit at 999 Green St. was at the time the tallest high rise in San Francisco. This building is one of the most sought after buildings for luxury high-rise living. Interestingly enough the Summit boasts 2, 2-story penthouses, one in which Joe Eichler himself lived in for some time. Each floor of the Summit, after the fourteenth floor, cantilevers out one foot beyond the floor below it, allowing a little more square footage per unit on those floors.
Originally a brownish beige color with even darker balconies; today whitish, the high-rise remains a handsome building. It’s a place called Cathedral Hill, after St. Mary’s Cathedral, as the Western Addition. Laguna Heights, Joseph Eichler’s Co-Op Condo enforces a rule that keeps bikes, barbecues, and worse off the balconies clear. Eichler, a socially conscious man who enjoyed challenges, had done well as a suburban developer—but hadn’t made a mark on the inner city. The city’s Redevelopment Agency, which was seeking Western Addition developers, soon heard from him. He would never again build an urban complex. Neither the Laguna Eichler tower at 66 Cleary Court, nor the low-rise Laguna Heights development, are as closely knit as many of Eichler’s suburban subdivisions, which are known for their block parties. In the Laguna Heights low-rises, younger buyers are showing renewed interest in Eichler style. Each building at the Laguna low-rises got locked gates, and the high-rise offers 24-hour security. The landscaping remains a major amenity, and the units—12 per building, for a total of 72—have brick fireplaces, sliding glass, patios, and ribbon windows. The concrete slabs contain radiant-heat pipes, which work well—sometimes too well, if you live in the unit below