Friday, May 8, 2015

Northridge West Krisel For Sale – Northridge, CA

At 8850 Winnetka Avenue in Northridge there’s a 1956 Palmer & Krisel-designed home currently for sale. It’s a 4 bed, three bath 1,691 square-foot house with a pool situated on a 7,200 square-foot lot for $525,000. Winnetka may not be the ideal frontage for a single-family home, but this one’s got some decent curb appeal, featuring classic Krisel lines with clerestories still intact and vertical board and batten accents. There's a large grassy lawn and a somewhat-pollarded mulberry tree offering western shade. There some non-original looking stonework that’s been added to the front. It doesn’t distract too much from the lines of the home - well, the dual stone columns flanking the entry make it look a bit like a craftsman - in time the stone should be removed but it works in the short term.

Inside there’s some nifty classic features. The back of the home features lots of floor to ceiling glass, there’s great vaulted & beamed ceilings, and the best of all is the dramatic centerpiece fireplace in the living room. I can’t believe the listing agent didn’t take a better pic of this piece! The backside of the fireplace features the same decorative brickwork and a nifty built-in consisting of what looks like original cabinetry.

The kitchen has been redone, and it doesn’t look like the kitchen cabinets quite fit their allotted space correctly – or stylistically. Honestly the floors don't really compliment the space either; but those can all be changed with time. Out back there’s a large pool and an alley-accessed garage. Based on the listing description it sounds like the former owners didn’t believe in pulling building permits very often; but there’s great potential to make this home stand out. 

Check out the Redfin listing here: 8850 Winnetka Avenue

Or Zillow here:  8850 Winnetka Avenue

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