Development history + Architectural style.
The Highlands neighborhood began development in the mid 1950s. The Developer was Joseph Eichler - whose firm built most of the homes between 1956 and 1964 in a style now referred to as "California Modern". At the time radical and unique, the homes featured post-and-beam construction, floor-to-ceiling panes of glass, skylights, aluminum sliding doors, in-floor radiant heating, and open floor plans. Unifying the indoors and outdoors is a key objective of Eichler's architectural style. Some models feature his signature 'atrium' which further reinforces the inside-outside relationship. Most homes have high ceilings - flat or gently sloped roofs - and are primarily single story 'modern-ranch' homes. Today, many of the homes in the Highlands neighborhood retain their original architectural footprint and are highly sought after by enthusiasts of Modern architecture.
Nature sets it apart. Community brings it together.
The Highlands neighborhood is surrounded by breathtaking views of the bay and hills, as many of the homes are backed by the serenity of open space. It is not uncommon to spot a coyote, a fox, or the elusive bobcat or mountain lion once in a while. Living with nature is a large and accepted part of this community. Deer graze daily in the open fields and red-tailed hawks circle above, while owls make homes in our backyard trees, and California salamanders nestle under the rocks! Recent sightings have included a pair of bald eagles and white-tailed kites. Highlands residents enjoy the 15-minute proximity to the ocean, nature trails along the Crystal Springs Reservoir, as well as the modern-day conveniences of local shopping centers, restaurants, and the airport. The community is further serviced by the local Recreation Center which features various education programs and classes for youth and adults, childcare and after school programs, a playground, tennis courts, and a year-round swimming pool set against a backdrop of pines and hills. "The Rec" also hosts numerous fun neighborhood-driven events throughout the year, making the Highlands a one-of-a-kind tight-knit community.
A truly unique Eichler neighborhood.
The Highlands development is composed of 700 single-story Eichler homes, and a handful of original two-story Eichler homes making it the nation’s largest contiguous collection of Eichlers. It is also the home of the famous X-100 Eichler - Steel House of the Future designed by A. Quincy Jones and built in 1956, as well as the "LIFE House" - a unique multi-level home built by Eichler in 1958 based on a design by architect Pietro Belluschi. It was featured in a Life Magazine article in November 1958.
Highlands resident and Eichler owner since 2007