Saturday, July 25, 2015

1956 North Hills Storybook Village Palmer & Krisel For Sale - North Hills, CA

If you’re looking for a great Palmer & Krisel in the San Fernando Valley that hasn’t been altered, this is it. This 1956 beauty, built by the Investment & Building Corporation, includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a detached two-car garage in 1,344 square feet all on a 7,500 square-foot lot in the picturesque Storybook Hills community with an asking price of only $428,000.

The exterior of the home is nearly as it was in 1956, with the exception of updated windows. This property features vertical banding on the street-face of the garage; a design trick that Krisel used in the mid 1950’s to break up large blank surfaces. Those with a keen eye can spot that the vertical bands actually sit off the face of the garage, and are supported by five projecting square blocks that the bands overlap, a design-form that we’ve seen on dozens of other Krisel homes.

The façade of the home features rock accents under the front-facing master bedroom windows, in addition to a later-added rock planter at the base of the garage. The front yard will definitely be a fun project and creative opportunity  for the new owners, as the asphalt driveway is worn and chipping, the turf patchy and the plantings in need of a tune-up.

Living Room - check out that fireplace with clerestories
Living Room and Dining Room
Dining Room
Walking into the home, the foyer provides access to the jack-and-jill master bathroom on the left, as well as the master bedroom, and opens up into the living and dining rooms at the rear of the home. The living room is anchored by a signature modernist Krisel-designed fireplace, with a dramatic overmantle, surround and hearth that dramatically and sharply extends the full width of the living room wall. Adding light to the room are clerestories above the overmantle, which in this home have been covered up from the outside but still hold the original crinkle-glass on the inside.

Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the backyard join the living and dining rooms, along with the open, beamed vaulted ceilings. The dining room is relatively open to the living room, with a small wall creating spatial seperation while allowing the flow to remain open.

Check out the original Kitchen - love those saucer pulls

The kitchen is the star of this home, appearing just as it would have in 1956, just a little more worn. Everything appears to be in fantastic, restorable shape. We love those large saucer cabinet pulls; the clean, square, streamlined look of the cabinets; the original range hood; and check out those original mosaic tiles behind the cooktop – fantastic vintage features. The bad news?  As this home had no dishwasher originally, it looks like someone placed one under the wall oven. A quirky feature, but we hope its one that the new owners embrace when they restore that kitchen.

Master jack-and-jill bathroom as seen from entry. Those with a keen eye will note that the medicine cabinet and mirror is the original Krisel design. 

Guest Bathroom opposite Dining Room

Secondary bedroom

Behind the kitchen and dining room sits the two secondary bedrooms and guest bath. Both bedrooms feature a large signature floor-to ceiling window, with one bedroom overlooking the backyard and the other overlooking the courtyard between the front of the home and the garage. The backyard is in similar condition to the front yard, and there’s a solid covered patio for entertaining and enjoying mild southern California evenings.

Backyard Patio

Backyard with lots of potential

Rear of home as viewed from backyard

This home is the perfect candidate for restoration, with great bones, great original features and great modernist lines. At $428,000 this property will move quick, and we hope the new owner loves this property as much as we do.

Check out the Redfin listing here: 16328 Vincennes Street

Or Zillow here: 16328 Vincennes Street

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