Here’s a fun mid-century modern Buena Park Palmer & Krisel home for today’s Krisel Connection feature. Situated on an efficient 6,500 square-foot lot, this home features 3 bedrooms (originally 4) and 2 bathrooms with a two-car garage in 1,257 square feet and an in-ground swimming pool all with an asking price of $489,000.
This model features a really cool roofline – it’s a one-and-a-half butterfly roofed home – the main dwelling potion of the home forms an A-roofline, while the garage portion of the home sweeps the roofline back up in the opposite direction, forming the one-and-a-half butterfly roofline. This creates a fun and dynamic street view that gives this home a unique presence.
Walking up the ample driveway, the home is entered from the side, essentially at the midpoint of the
property. Walking in the home, one enters the great room, a concept that Palmer & Krisel had down by the mid-century. The kitchen is open yet private, with a small demising wall separating the oven and range from the living area. The demising wall is covered in a brick veneer, to match the fireplace, which is vintage but most likely not original. The kitchen looks like it has been removed in the mid 1980s, but there’s one nifty relic from another era – there’s a built in Nu-Tone Kitchen Center countertop blender sited next to the sink. We hope this still works!
The living room features a brick fireplace, with what looks like a non-original mantle. While the mantle has been added for practicality purposes, removing it would definitely streamline the look of the fireplace. Down the hallway, there are two built-in cabinets featuring original wood finishes and hardware. The bedrooms are located towards the front of the home, and two of the four original bedrooms have been converted to one large master suite. Not bad considering four bedrooms tucked into 1200 square feet is pretty tight. Both bathrooms have been updated, and while are clean and livable, do not quite match the clean-lined mid-century roots of this home.
One of the great things about this home is that the clerestories are all intact, as are the original open-beamed ceilings. The flooring found throughout the home is busy and chaotic, but livable. Out back there’s a diving pool and a huge covered patio perfect for outdoor living. This is a great example of the forward-thought that Palmer & Krisel were known for, and reads much newer than a 60-year old property, and thanks to the walls of glass and ample patio space feels significantly larger than 1,257 square feet. At its $489,000 price it’s not going to last, so hurry up and grab this one.
Check out the Redfin photos here: 8621 Los Altos Drive
Or Zillow here: 8621 Los Altos Drive
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