The Jobses’ house and the others in their neighborhood were built by the real estate developerJoseph Eichler, whose company spawned more than eleven thousand homes in various California subdivisions between 1950 and 1974. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision of simple modern homes for the American “everyman,” Eichler built in expensive houses that featured floor-to-ceiling glass walls, open floor plans, exposed post-and-beam construction, concrete slab floors, and lots ofsliding glass doors. “Eichler did agreat thing,” Jobs said on one of our walks around the neighborhood. “His houses were smart and cheap and good. They brought clean design and simple taste to lower?income people.
They had awesome little features, like radiant heating in the floors. You put carpet on them, and we had nice toasty floors when we were kids.”