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SoCal Eichler Homes

Eichler Homes, Inc., was established in 1949, and in 1959 the company expanded to Southern California by developing tracts in Orange.  Construction of the Fairhaven tract began in 1960, the Fairmeadow tract in 1962, and the Fairhills tract in 1963. The first Southern California city to sprout the distinctive post-and-beam homes, Orange is the site of 350 of the 600 Southern California Eichlers. - Via

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For renovations of residences by Eichler Homes, the real-estate developer known for subdivisions in postwar California, the go-to architecture firm is appropriately called Modern House. So far, the firm has redone eight of these post-and-beam tract houses built for efficiency with, generally, a one-level 1,500-square-foot plan. Photography by Assassi Productions.

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Lewis Baltz, Three Photographs from the Series “Park City”, (1980)

 While Lewis Baltz is perhaps best known for his New Industrial Parks near Irvine, California series, Park City might be a better candidate as the magnum opus of the artist’s early work. Not merely representative of the stylistic and conceptual framework of the photographic movement he helped to define, Park City is the single most exhaustive and far-reaching visual criticism of 1970s-era American real estate development: the series is thus the New Topographics document par excellence. The series’ 102 plates (Baltz defines the Series as “a sequential work of 102 elements”) first take the viewer through overall site views that set up a jarring contrast between the mountains (already carved up for the ski area) and the freshly built condominiums and houses that soon will take over the landscape.

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Faces of Meth

Each of these innocuous looking homes has been declared unfit for habitation.  They are on State of Oregon’s list of known, former drug labs. None of them appears to have a single sinister board in their frame, which is all the more frightening.  Maybe these are the before photos.

Oregon publishes a register of these houses on the internet.  It even encourages citizens to receive email update to the list is added to. The promotion is kind of odd.  It’s kind of like the opposite of a National Register listing.  It is a register of shame.

Landmarking a building can be a catalyst for development and community action.  Maybe the list of drug labs could be used the same way.  With the right marketing and incentives could a negative listing become a positive for communities?

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I have 2 out of 3 downloads up and ready to go (I managed to not take photos of the other one…and my game takes a while to boot up so I’ll just leave these here for now). 

These are tract homes, the kind you find in nice little suburbs where they use just a few different layouts in a set palette of colors. I tried to keep these fairly empty; the photo of the living room just is to show the kind of space available and I haven’t included the furniture in the lots. 

Custom Content:
I did not include Veranka’s kitchens; you will need to download her New Vintage set for the lots posted today. I did use her gorgeous Thorpe Build Set  for these. But as I didn’t change the names on these files, I left them in. 

I also used Numenor’s No Cut Away walls and you need these for these lots to work; I like these best for my interiors. They’re very easy to install and use and I recommend them for builders or picture taking. If you really want these with regular walls, just let me know. If enough people want them, I’ll replace them. It’ll take a bit of time as I’m busy a lot these days. 

Otherwise, these are largely unfurnished. I recommend Clean Installer to install.

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1962 Fairmeadow Tract | Architects: Anshen & Allen | 1733 N Shaffer St Orange, CA 92865

Here I am in the middle of California. A wee bit of a meth capital I daresay at that. The smell of cattle and horse shit lingers at all times in the air. There are almond tree orchards on every bit of land not covered in tract homes. What is there to do in this almond covered poop smelling land? Drink, smoke, and/or fornicate perhaps?
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homesick // riding bikes to alta for iced coffee in the red plastic cups; sitting in any tract-home living room of any friend with an iced tea and nothing to do on a wednesday; checking the surf in the morning; reading at the huntington beach public library; sitting in my backyard with my mom and the neighbor’s bougainvillea; closing my eyes and feeling the sunlight through my eyelids. (photo source)