Much like Joseph Eichler who followed him, Roger Lee built a career around making quality modern design available to people at all income levels. Lee’s name however is not so widely known today as Eichler’s probably only because of the volume of Eichler homes in the Bay Area. Lee designed unique custom homes, whereas Eichler built tracts of multiples. Eichler was therefore able to build over 11,000 homes over the course of his career, whereas Lee designed maybe a tenth that many.
Among fans of Bay Region modernism though, Lee is a heroic figure who designed often small but always wonderfully considered homes around the East Bay. Such is the case with the home we feature today. It is a wonderful mix of redwood and glass, brick and built-ins. The design is simple and compact, yet wonderfully open and full of light. Roger Lee was remarkably prolific for a designer of custom homes, yet his designs remain so valued by their owners today that only one or two usually come on the market in any given year.