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520 El Capitan

520 El Capitan

Photo taken fall 2008.

The following is from the 2008 Holiday House Tour booklet:

This house, built in 1954, has many original features, including Philippine mahogany paneling, original light fixtures, and original switchplates. Note the period furniture throughout, both pedigreed pieces and fun flea–market finds, mostly given as gifts, bought second–hand, or even found on the street. Much of furniture constructed of teak, a favored wood of the Eichler era.


Entry to 520 El Capitan

Dining/Living Area: Note the original cinderblock fireplace face with an unusual block pattern, an Eames chair, and a whimsical floor lamp from Target! The back of the Danish modern sofa opens to reveal storage for sheets.

Living Room

fireplace and clock

dining area

Colorful lamp

wall hanging

Kitchen: The credenza is part of original kitchen cabinetry from this house, to which legs have been added.

Modern Dining table

pass through  to kitchen

Disguising a thermostat
Look closely there's a thermostat hiding here!

Office: This was converted from a hallway/bedroom by previous owners. Period teak furniture.


Back Office: The design studio has been carved out of garage space; notice mid–century modern flat files.

Looking into the house from a patio

Master Bedroom: Master bed and side tables are an interpretation of a George Nelson design, built locally; notice the pleasing asymmetry of the side tables.

Curtained area in hall

Curtain covering storage

Laundry: contains original storage cabinetry.


Note: The owners' young daughter passed away after a long illness recently. The Tibetan prayer flags you see were part of an installation by an artist–neighbor who wished to create a healing environment for the family as they cared for her at home for several years. The Greenmeadow community was very caring and supportive; note the "Healing Hands" painting in the living room, showing the healing hands of those who lent support in this family's time of need.

Healing Hands

The owners founded Sophia's Garden Foundation to carry forward their daughter's legacy: Healing in Community TM. A 3–D virtual town complete with an Eichler home demonstrates their vision of an online healing community for families of children with life–threatening conditions.


door to patio

Side patio



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