Monday, June 22, 2015

Vintage 1959 Palmer & Krisel For Sale in College Glen Estates – San Diego, CA

There’s no million dollar Krisels today, but here’s something just a special. A vintage 1959 Palmer & Krisel-designed home for sale in San Diego’s College Glen Estates neighborhood. This 1959 home features four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,492 square feet, all on a 8,300 square-foot lot that backs up to a small natural area.

There aren’t many images of this home posted – it’s difficult to photograph as there’s a power pole and pair of trees in front of the residence – but what is posted gives a great glimpse into a pretty original home. Unlike most of the other homes on this street, this home features it’s gables on the sides rather than the front, making this elevation fairly unique. There’s a small porch in the front yard, and a somewhat random wall, making this home the perfect candidate for a modernist front yard makeover.

We don’t have many shots of the living area other than a small shot taken of the glass wall overlooking the shady backyard. The real treat is what can be seen of the kitchen – it appears to be nearly all original. The counters are original blue-speckled tiles – the same tiles that were used on countless Krisel-designed homes across the west. The cabinetry is painted a matching blue color and appears to have original pulls. The appliances and sink have all been updated over time, however tracking down vintage appliances would definitely make this kitchen a retro show-stopper.


Kitchen with original breakfast bar

Backyard view

The bedrooms and living areas all appear to have the open-beamed vaulted tongue and groove ceilings, helping to make this home feel more spacious. The doors and windows have also been updated with white vinyl – not the most fitting choice for the home but more energy efficient than the original aluminum framed windows.

The bathroom has the original vanity, with marble counter and classic white American-Standard Pullman. We love the sliding door panels under the sink – such a neat vintage feature. This is such a neat vintage home that could use a little TLC. The listing agent understands that this is a ‘modern-style home’ but goes on to note that it ‘could use a little updating.’ We’d hate to see that kitchen or bath go!

Living Room

Original bathroom vanity


Check out the Redfin listing: 5419 Baja Drive

Or Zillow here: 5419 Baja Drive

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