Monday, June 29, 2015

1959 Tucson Palmer & Krisel For Sale – Incredible Restoration Opportunity

Priced at only $80,000 is this 1959 Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Tucson, Arizona. This is the lowest priced Palmer & Krisel-designed home on the market in the country right now, and a great opportunity for a new owner to bring this home back to its mid-century beauty. This 1,416 square-foot home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car carport on an 8,000 square-foot lot in the Casas Adobes area of town.

Every square inch of this block-constructed home needs attention. It’s rough all around. There’s no real landscape, front or back. There’s not even a driveway, but that’s not that uncommon for Tucson. The exterior of the home exudes classic Krisel design, with high bands of windows, clerestories on the ends of the home, and double carport supports. Unlike most Palmer & Krisel homes, this subdivision was built with block construction, rather than the typical post and beam.

The living, kitchen and family rooms are all at the rear of the home, while the master and secondary bedrooms are at the front. The living room features a prominent concrete block fireplace, signature Krisel clerestories and vaulted ceilings. The Kitchen looks pretty rough – the original cabinets are all still in place, but very well worn. These could definitely be sanded and restored back to original shape, but not without effort. The appliances and counters aren’t original to the home, and all look like they need o be addressed.

Living Room
Kitchen with original cabinetry
Kitchen with original cabinetry
Family Room
The master bathroom features the original sink, cabinetry, mirror and medicine cabinets, with mid-century saucer pulls, and was built jack-and-jill style, with access to the entry hall and the bedroom. The countertop and tilework in the stall shower are not original to the home. The secondary bathroom sits between the secondary bedrooms jack-and-jill style, and is pretty rough shape, with no original features left.

The listing agent does not appear to be aware of the architectural background of this home, and is unfortunately marketing this home to investors rather than restorationists or architectural buffs. It definitely needs lots of work, but we know how fantastic these homes can shine if they’re brought back to their modernist roots.

Master Bedroom
Master Bathroom with original cabinetry & drawer pulls

Check out the Redfin Listing here: 1316 West Wheatridge

Or Zillow here: 1316 West Wheatridge

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