Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Northridge College Estates Palmer & Krisel Restoration Opportunity – Northridge, CA

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

Dining Room

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 visual interruptions.


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.

Check out Redfin for more photos here: 17550 Mayall Street

Or Zillow here: 17550 Mayall Street

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