Northridge College Estates has some great mid mod Palmer
& Krisel homes built by southern California Contractor Julian Weinstock.
Dynamic architecture, large lots and mature landscapes make this a picturesque
community. This particular home retains fairly distinctive Krisel lines on the
outside, and is a hybrid of Tuscan/midcentury home on the inside. With four
bedrooms, two bathrooms in 1,705 square feet and a two car garage, the asking
price on this home is $560,000.
The exterior of this corner-lot home is distinctively Palmer
& Krisel, with high bedroom windows above a decorative concrete block
accent wall, board and batten accents, front service porch and a reverse-angle
garage roofline. Lattice has been added to the service porch enclosure, which offers
privacy but adds a level of visual business to the home.
|Entry hall with traditional front door|
|Living Room with fireplace and clerestories blacked out|
The front door is more Tuscan than midcentury modern – but it’s
definitely a reflection of the owner’s tastes. The living and dining areas are
at the back of the home, while the kitchen sits to the right of the entry. The
living and dining are a combination great room, with the signature Krisel fireplace
at the east end of the room, which was once flanked by two clerestories which
have been questionably covered over. The
dining room joins the living room by another signature Krisel feature – a light
soffit – which has been ‘accented’ with a brown, patterned tile. The original
open beamed ceilings are still in place, and match the wood floors in color. The
original sliding glass doors have been replaced with French doors, which
disturbs the design intent of blending the indoors with the out through minimal
|Kitchen with a trio of boob-lights|
The kitchen is open to the living room, and provides access
to both the entry hall and service porch. The cabinetry in the kitchen appears
to be original and quite functional, while the counters and appliances have
been updated. The bedrooms show fairly cluttered, while the bathrooms appear to
have been updated sometime in the late 1980s. As a whole, the home shows rather
dark thanks to dim paint and heavy window coverings.
|1980's guest bathroom|
|Bedroom shows slightly cluttered|
There’s great bones on this home, and the original floor plate
appears to be intact. This home has great potential to live up to its mid-mod
roots, and would be a great candidate for a restoration or modernist makeover.
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