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News - July 6, 2012

Around Town

EICHLERS OR iCHLERS? ... With their minimalist design, for-the-people sensibility and cultlike following, Joseph Eichler-developed homes have more than a glancing similarity to Apple products, Palo Alto architect Mark Marcinik has noted. "Eichlers are the iPods and iPhones of the day," he observed in an interview with Monique Lombardelli. Lombardelli, a Burlingame Realtor, is producing a documentary film about the wildly popular, midcentury modern homes, which she said owners consider "an art form." "People in Glass Houses: The legacy of Joseph Eicher" features interviews with blissfully happy homeowners, including residents in Palo Alto's Greenmeadow neighborhood, where hundreds of Eichler's 11,000 homes are located. The 45-minute film is costing $30,000 and will be posted on Lombardelli's website. Lombardelli, who studied film in college, also said that communities of Eichler homeowners are planning special screenings. A trailer can be viewed at

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