Sunday, July 12, 2015

Renovated Palmer & Krisel in Racquet Club Road Estates – Palm Springs, CA

This 1959 Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Palm Springs’ Racquet Club Road Estates has been on the market for a few months now with no takers so far. It’s a 1,225 square-foot Alexender-built Plan B-2 home on a large corner lot with an in-ground pool, two-car garage and includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms with an asking price of $550,000.

The front yard is clean and low maintenance, done in the Palm Springs minimal style, with water-saving desert landscape surrounding the circular driveway. The front door offers a pop of yellow color greeting visitors to the home, in that great Palm Springs style. The original ¾ height wall separating the foyer and kitchen are still intact, and the kitchen has been fully remodeled and opened to the dining and living rooms.

The kitchen features a center island with white faced cabinets, while the surrounding cabinets against the wall are a smooth cherry word finish. There’s no upper cabinets in the kitchen, allowing for more wall space to display art or to be kept clean & open. For those with a keen eye you’ll note the original wall fan still in place, just above that George Nelson wall clock.

Kitchen with original 3/4 wall and original wall-mounted vent fan

Kitchen island & entry

The home features those signature Krisel open-beamed vaulted ceilings, which have been painted white. Unlike most Krisels, there’s no fireplace in the living room in this model, leaving more wall space and freeing up furniture placement options. There has been a small bonus room added between the kitchen and garage, which given that the square footage is still at the original 1,225 square feet pretty much indicates that the room was added without permits. The addition follows the spirit of the home and mimics the open, beamed ceilings found throughout the rest of the home.

The bedrooms are in their original form, and show light and bright thanks to the high ceiling, and the master provides access to the backyard.  The one photo of the master bathroom shows that the space has been updated, with simple white fixtures and a singular glass shelf for storage.

Back corner of home used for dining area

Master Bathroom
Addition off of kitchen with access to pool area

Master bedroom
The backyard has the original Alexander 15’ x 30’ swimming pool, and features two covered patios, one attached to the corner of the home, the other in the corner of the backyard. The patio which is furthermost from the home has a built-in bar, barbeque and bright-yellow accent wall. Not pictured by the listing agent is the rest of the backyard, which wraps around the northern portion of the home and provides a large grassy area , then wraps around the corner side of the home to include a private patio area screened from the road with tall, lush shrubs.

This is a neat piece of architecture that is anxiously awaiting its new owner, we hope the new owners will continue to love this property.

Bar & barbeque area at back of yard
Original pool & backyard - check out those mountain views!

Check out Redfin for more photos here: 600 East Spencer Drive

Or Zillow here: 600 East Spencer Drive

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