Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Expanded Storybook Village Palmer & Krisel For Sale – North Hills, CA

Here’s a move-in ready 1956 Palmer & Krisel-designed mid-century home in North Hill’s Storybook Village. Having one owner over the past 50 years, this modernist home has been well-maintained. The home has been updated and expanded along the way to include features that suited the owner’s needs but don’t necessarily reflect the architectural style of the property. Encompassing 1,983 square feet, this home includes four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a two-car garage on a 7,700 square-foot lot with an asking price of $595,000. 

The front exterior of the home retains its original Krisel lines, including vertical banding on the face of the garage and is replete with a mid-century light-pink and white exterior paint scheme. The front yard landscape is quintessential mid-century, with a large street tree shading the grassy front lawn, a sweeping front driveway and well-tended flower beds placed against the façade of the home.

Inside, the home has been expanded in two places from its original floor plan. The garage, once detached from the main structure has now been attached with a central service porch /laundry room off of the kitchen. On the back of the home an extremely large addition has been tacked on, expanding the living area significantly and placing a small studio with its own bathroom and kitchen accessed through the backyard.

Original Living Room on left, addition on right
Original Living Room with signature Krisel full-wall fireplace

The form of the original living and dining rooms are still intact, with fireplace, vaulted ceilings and east-facing clerestory windows all washed on in a monochromatic lavender color. As a large addition has been placed on the rear of the home, the original south-facing walls of glass have been removed creating a large boxy opening into the addition. The addition does not incorporate nearly the same quantity of glass that originally would have been on the original 1,344 square-foot floor plate of the home, and creates a darkened interior living space.

Kitchen - window on left overlooks service porch

Wood paneled service porch - very mid-century

The kitchen has been updated with traditional raised-panel maple cabinetry and white tile counters, and sits tucked behind the entry. Those with a keen eye will spot three kitchen windows on the outside of the house and four on the inside – the fourth window looks into the expanded service porch/laundry room at the front of the house.  The service porch is vintage-y with its wood paneling, and adds a mid-century west-coast bit of charm to the home, while serving as a place to house the washer, dryer and spare fridge.

Master Bedrrom
Master bathroom - Why on earth was the mirror placed where it was?

Guest Bath
Secondary Bedroom

The master is split from the secondary bedrooms, at the northeast corner of the home and still sports its original clerestories which flood the retro-mint green-painted room with light. Both the master and guest baths have been redone in a fairly average manner, clean and functional; however, most curious is the mirror placement in the master bathroom, sited above the toilet rather than in front of the sink. The other two bedrooms are located at the west end of the home and still feature their original clerestories.

The studio on the back of the home creates a basic mother-in-law suite, which provides convenient living options for multi-generational families despite a small, boxy floor plan. The addition eats up most of the backyard, but still leaves room to incorporate raised garden planters, a small covered patio and a small grassy area. This is a well-maintained Palmer & Krisel home that is definitely move-in ready, with enough flexible space to accommodate a variety of new owners.

Studio addition on back of home
Backyard and covered patio

Check out the Redfin listing here: 16340 Gledhill Street

Or Zillow here: 16340 Gledhill Street

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