Thursday, May 28, 2015

Solid 1959 Mid-Century Palmer & Krisel For Sale in Northridge College Estates – Northridge, CA

Here’s a pretty solid Palmer & Krisel home located in the big lot community of Northridge College Estates in Northridge, CA. This 1,654 square-foot home features four bedrooms and two bathrooms with an attached two-car garage on a 12,100 square-foot lot with an asking price of $549,000.

This house has been updated over the years and has lost some of its signature Krisel elements, yet still has great bones and shows a lot of potential. Plus the asking price is the lowest in the area making this an appealing property. Situated on a corner lot, the front of the home features great Southern Californian landscaping and a half circular driveway paved in pavestones.

The living and dining area are located at the back of the home, in a light-filled room with walls of glass that look into the backyard. The east wall of the living room features a great full-wall fireplace and stone wall surround. The galley kitchen is open both off the dining area and living, and like many mid-century Palmer & Krisels, holds the washer & dryer.

The home features those wonderful Krisel vaulted ceilings; however, insulation has been added in the spaces between the beams, which results in the loss of those great open wooden ceilings. Two other signature elements that have been removed are the clerestory windows, which would have sat above the windows at the front of the house and above the wall of glass at the rear of the home. Restoration of those windows would help open up the home and return it back to its mid-mod roots.

The bedrooms show pretty light and open, even with the loss of the front clerestories, and feature light-colored laminate flooring.  The bedroom off of the entry has been converted to a den, with a large opening into the entry hall, but could easily be converted back. The bathrooms have also been updated; however the materials and design style materials are somewhat generic and unfitting of the home.

The backyard is pretty much a blank slate, ready to be personalized. With the restoration of a few crucial architectural elements, and a revision of the bathrooms, this classic Palmer & Krisel could be a midcentury modern showplace.

Check out the Redfin photos here: 17500 Romar Street

Or Zillow here: 17500 Romar Street

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