Thursday, July 9, 2015

South Whittier Krisel For Sale – Whittier, CA

This is a newly discovered Palmer & Krisel neighborhood (we just found out about yesterday!) in South Whittier, California. This home was built in 1956 and contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage on a 5,800 square-foot lot with an asking price of $379,900.

The elevation of the home incorporates very familiar and trademark Krisel-design styles – starting with the reverse pitch garage roofline; large, aluminum framed windows, inset front door and the vertical eave line on the garage. There’s also clerestory windows on the side of the home, and a brick chimney poking up from the back. The front of the home is painted a very non-descript beige while the front yard landscape clean and green – a simple lawn with a few palms for height. The rest of it is a blank slate waiting for a new owner.

The kitchen is immediately off to the right of the entryway, and appears to still have it’s original cabinets and potentially original tile countertops and range (it’s a little tough to tell from the pictures). The dining room is just to the right of the kitchen, still at the front of the house, and features a large sliding glass door granting access to the front courtyard patio.


Dining Room viewed from Living Room

The living room sits at the back of the home, and hold another great Krisel hallmark surprise – a corner  positioned fireplace which features vertical block banding, offset firebox and a large proportional, clean-lined overmantle. This was a great, clean cutting edge design for 1956 which is still relevant and harmonious today.

Living Room

Living Room - Check out that fireplace - what a piece of architecture!

The rest of the living room features those fantastic open beamed ceilings, is open to the dining room and separates the divide with a small soffit which hides mechanicals. The three bedrooms show cluttered, a sign that the owners have outgrown this home, but all have clerestory windows, which help make a small space feel larger. The bathrooms look to have been updated at some point over the last 20 years, and the hall bath is preceded by the indoor laundry area.

Out back there’s a huge covered patio with a great waffle-ceiling covered patio taking up half of the space. The rest of the backyard holds mature trees, a small lawn and a potting shed. The property backs up to the Sorenson Avenue Drainage Channel, which means there’s no rear neighbors. The listing describes this as a great starter home – and they’re right, but it’s also a great piece of mid-mod architecture worthy of a new owner who will continue to appreciate it.

Master Bedroom
Hall Bathroom

Rear Patio - Love that mid-mod ceiling!

Front patio between home and garage

Check out Redfin for more photos: 9520 Bluford Avenue

Or here: 9520 Bluford Avenue

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