Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Classic 1963 Palmer & Krisel-designed Sandpiper Condominium For Sale – Palm Desert, CA

This classic 1963 Palmer & Krisel two bedroom, two bathroom condominium in Palm Desert is loaded with lots of great original features and detailing. With 1,260 square feet under the roof, this unit feels significantly large than it is, with high ceilings, clerestories, walls of glass and a generous north-facing patio. The asking price is $315,000 with monthly HOA dues of $450.

The unit is entered from the east, through double doors which sit underneath a signature Krisel sun-flapped canopy. The double doors lead directly into the glass wall lined living rooms – and while the doors aren’t architecturally consistent with the property, they can easily be replaced with a more appropriate flat panel.


Living Room

The living room features a decorative block wall augmented by clerestory windows, while the south wall features floor to ceiling sliding glass doors which lead to the patio overlooking the swimming pool area. The dining room sits at the north end of the home, opposite of the living room, and overlooks the north-facing balcony.

The original kitchen is tucked off of the dining room, and while small receives ample light from the north facing windows. The counters are white formica, and the appliances are clean, updated and white to match the cabinetry.

Living Room looking towards Dining Room

Dining Room

Kitchen - Check out that screen block!


The unit features two bedrooms, one which faces south towards the common area, and the other faces north and adjoins the private north-facing patio. Both bathrooms are original, with original vanities, counters and tile work. Both are also pretty beige, and could use some color. Sandpiper is known for having great screen block, and this unit definitely has some great examples of a circular cross design. The north balcony features a waist-high wall, while the south balcony provides a privacy screen of screen block for the master bedroom area.

The south facing patio features a hand painted mural, which isn’t totally fitting with the architecture of Sandpiper, but is definitely the owner’s tastes. Of architectural note is the light well at the west end of the patio, at the screen block wall, adding in visual interest and modernist detail. This is a great unit which could really play up its midcentury bones with some enhanced paint colors and a few lighting changes, and is definitely move-in ready. If the circular cross screen block isn’t enough to sell you, then hopefully the great original condition will.

Master Bedroom - more fantastic screen block!

Second Bedroom
North Patio
South patio with lightwell

Unit viewed from pool area

Check out Redfin for more photos here: 72761 El Paseo #704

Or Zillow here: 72761 El Paseo #704

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