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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Polynesian-inspired Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale in Paradise Palms – Las Vegas, NV


On quiet Chippewa Drive in Paradise Palms sits this Palmer & Krisel-designed Polynesian-inspired home. The home is 1,800 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms under the 1,400 square-foot main dwelling, and 400 square feet housing a bathroom in the casita carved out of the former carport. Sited on a 9,500 square-foot lot, the asking price of this home is $219,000.


This home was a Model 4H, or ‘Hawaiian’ styled home that was based off of the existing Model 4 floor plan. Subtle elevation changes gave this home its distinctive Hawaiian look, most of which have now been downplayed. The roofline on the 4H was steeper and more radically raked than its standard counterpart, while the sides of the home and front of the carport featured a hipped roof with a partial gable end for that casual island look. Horizontal wood detailing on the front facade and carport (removed from the carport and replaced with heavy lace-stucco on this home) also helped give this home a more Polynesian look, while narrow bands windows gave completion to the Hawaiian look.


This property has recently been flipped, but the good news is that it hasn’t been ruined. There are plenty of hallmarks of a flipper who doesn’t quite understand mid-mod design or architecture – granite counter tops, slate accents, unfortunate boob lights and vessel sinks. But that’s the worst news. The good news is that there’s still quite a bit of original still left. The original aluminum framed windows are still intact; the vintage flat-panel front door was left in place and beneath that predictable granite the original kitchen cabinets are still intact, with some crown molding added (minus the signature Krisel floating island).


The living and dining area features trademark walls of glass looking into the backyard with fantastic four-pane windows , and there’s a signature Krisel-fireplace on the east end of the room. Under that big box store slate tile is the original concrete block hearth and surround, hopefully in a restorable condition. The bathrooms have been updated, with very polar design choices – granite slab counter with a vessel sink in one bath; dark traditional vanity in the other. Original that can been seen are the sunken bathtub (we wish that floor tile wasn’t used as a tub surround), luminous ceiling, and the glass mosaic tilework is still present in the master bath shower.


The carport has been converted to a casita with its own kitchen and bath, and interesting design choices. There’s access to the backyard and pool area, and if desired could be converted back into a carport or two-car garage. Out back there’s an in-ground pool, covered patio and lots of space for entertaining.


One of the great things about this home is that it holds fantastic potential to be restored into that tropical oasis that it was intended to be. With revised landscaping, paint, lighting and baths and acknowledgement of the intended mid-century Polynesian roots this home will truly be a spectacular tropical resort-like showplace.

Check out the photos on Redfin here: 1652 Chippewa Drive


Or Realtor.com here: 1652 Chippewa Drive

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