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Realtor Monique Lombardelli purchased the rights to 65 original Joseph Eichler plans. (Thomas Sylvia of Modern Homes Realty)
A few years ago, Realtor Monique Lombardelli fell in love with the work of Joseph Eichler, the developer whose architect-designed tract homes proliferated throughout Northern and Southern California in the decades following World War II. â€œ[The Eichler homes] provide such a great environment, more of a relaxing, open feel,â€ she said. Lombardelliâ€™s passion led her to produce a documentary on Eichlerâ€™s legacy, which in turn piqued her clientsâ€™ interest. â€œI started getting a lot of clients who wanted one, and there wasnâ€™t anything to show them,â€ said Lombardelli. â€œThen I sold one that was a remodel, and everyone said, â€˜I want an Eichler.â€™â€