Features

Plastic Fantastic Living
Disneyland's spectacular 'Monsanto House of the Future' combined science, showmanship and dreams
Paths to Pleasure
In bike-friendly, eco-conscious North Davis, a neighborhood of 200 Streng homes finds common ground on the greenbelt
Home of the Friendly Bargain
After decades of obscurity, the spirited Eichlers of Concord are looking up—in the face of Mount Diablo's looming peaks
Mogie Modern
Exploring the hidden San Mateo cul-de-sac where creative but unheralded architect Mogens Mogensen left a lasting mark
Bible of the West
How Sunset magazine won over everyday Californians with images of mid-century modern and guidance that lifted their lives
Breaking New Ground
With smart planning, attention to detail, and patience, Eichlers show they can be rebuilt with their original flair
Hillside Haven
For 100 Eichler owners, the good life is low-key living with big-time views high in the hills of Burlingame's Mills Estates
Road to Bohemia
From Sausalito to Big Sur—California's free-spirited artists of the mid-century created magical worlds on a troubled planet
Cloned
How did a pair of all-steel X-100 'Eichlers' find their way to the Louisiana bayou?
How Ad Men Found Freud
Nostalgic and even laughable in retrospect, print ads of the mid-century underscore the era's genuine desires and anxieties
Paradise Found
10 ways to live it up in the exotic world of tiki California
Makeover Challenge
Four 'Best Kitchen' competition finalists showcase our readers' most beautiful, functional and modern kitchens
His Royal Hipness
When verbal jazzman Lord Buckley held court— wailing away way-out humor with a touch of the divine
Miles of Tile
From natural to high-tech, here's our roundup of the best flooring options for your next home makeover
Modern Living Goes to School
Stanford is an Eichler museum—homes from every phase of Joe Eichler’s career
Distinguished at Every Curve
AIA's first African-American, pioneer Paul R. Williams was the 'architect to the stars' who mastered mid-century modern
Ditching the Old Flame
In-the-know guide to upgrading your tired original radiant-heat boiler with today's super-efficiency performers
Whimsy in Wood
Pushing the limits, woodworker Michael Cullen blends serenity of color and texture with a modern, stripped-down feeling
Intellectual Paradise
Stanford University’s eclectic blend of 100 Eichler homes appeals to academics of all persuasions
Cozy, Cordial & Cooperative
Palo Alto’s Meadowcreek Eichler condos—where tight quarters make for a tight-knit community vibe