Busting thru $2 Million Barrier - Page 2

East Bay Eichlers break record with $2.1M sale—then quickly do it again with $2.6+M
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Front exterior of the Valley Vista property: $2.625M.

The realtor quickly beat his own $2.1M East Bay sales record with his Walnut Creek listing at 3521 Valley Vista, which closed escrow in late September at $2.625. The previous Walnut Creek Eichler record was less than $2M, says Westfall.

This home is located at the tiny enclave of Eichlers in the Northgate area. Westfall refers to these large, deluxe Eichlers as 'Super Eichlers,' and the tract as 'the Super Seven.'

"The unique thing about the Valley Vista home is that it's one of last Eichlers built in the East Bay on this funky, little area of Walnut Creek," says Westfall. "The backstory is that seven doctors or surgeons…approached Eichler and wanted him to build their homes."

"This Eichler is just extraordinary," says Westfall of the Valley Vista home. "The H-shaped model is really cool, and one that I've never seen with that unique sloped roof." It features five bedrooms and three bathrooms, 2,474 square feet of living space, a two-car garage, and saltwater pool on a 15,000 square foot lot.

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Valley Vista living room.

"It has the brand, the provenance, the credentials…It should be on the cover of Dwell," he added. "It merits more…and we got $675,000 over asking."

Outgoing owner Lisa Nickell, who lived in the Valley Vista home with husband Michael, was the creative force behind the home's remodel. With a degree in interior design and position in an Alameda architectural firm, Nickell has a knack for renewing living spaces.

She says the sale of the house was necessary because her husband's work had been relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona. "As much as we put our blood, sweat, and tears into this house, and thought it would be our forever home, we know it's in good hands." says Nickell.

"The new owners are very excited," she added. "They have a young son and a puppy, and had been renting an Eichler in the neighborhood for the last few years. So when our home went on the market, they noticed it right away.

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Valley Vista backyard and pool at dusk.

"They will keep the personality of the home, make some changes, as they should, and really care for it."

These two shocking new East Bay Eichler sales records follow the shocking news in March of this year that the Eichler community of the San Mateo Highlands, on the San Francisco Peninsula, had set a record-breaking sales milestone of its own—piercing the $3M barrier.

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