Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tidy Vintage Palmer & Krisel For Sale in Parkwood La Mirada – La Mirada, CA

Up for grabs is this 1955 Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Parkwood La Mirada. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is 1,384 square feet with a  two-car garage on a 6,200 square-foot lot and carries an asking price of $449,985.

This home is filled with some great vintage mid-century goodies, starting with the exterior. The side of the garage features some great decorative stonework, while the front holds some great patterned decorative screen block.  There’s a neat wooden sunscreen over the southeastern most window on the front façade to screen it from morning sun, a feature which was originally found on many Krisel’s but has been disappearing over the years.

Out front there’s even the original Olive tree, which was one of 51,000 planted on Andrew McNally’s Windemere Ranch, in which Parkwood La Mirada was built upon by the Devon Construction Company. It’s because of Krisel that this tree still stands – he was able to convince Devon Construction that salvaging the trees and using them in the landscape would be a positive selling feature.

Inside the home features plenty of great Krisel hallmarks – walls of glass looking out to the backyard, open, beamed vaulted ceilings, and a large, low & dramatic fireplace with vintage wood paneling. There’s even a large light soffit spanning the distance between the living and dining areas as seen in other Krisel models.

Living Room

Dining, Entry & Kitchen

Dining & Living

The kitchen is immediately off of the dining room and tucked from view from the entry, and holds what appears to be a treasure trove of vintageness – original cabinets; original saucer pulls; what looks like the original range hood and what appears to be the original Western Holly Deluxe built-in range.  Too bad the wall-oven is out of view from the photograph – we’d love to see what that looks like.

Original Kitchen

The hall bath retains the original double pink sinks and pink tub along with original light fixture and ventilation fan; the door fronts, tilework and counters appear to be newer. Imagine how cool that vanity would look with a charcoal boomerang Formica top, flat-faced cabinets and large reproduction saucer pulls (to match the kitchen) from Rejuvination. The master bathroom appears to have been redone at some point in the late 1980s, but retains the original layout and stall shower. There’s no images of the bedrooms, so we have no idea what’s happening with those spaces.

The backyard is relatively simple, featuring a small covered patio area and a small patch of lawn. Also seen, presumably for a bedroom or bathroom window, is another wooden sunscreen running from the fascia board to the ground – a great outdoor Krisel design feature.

This is a neat home – listings in Parkwood La Mirada usually don’t last very long, so check this one out before it’s gone.

Hall Bathroom with original pink fixtures

Backyard - check out the original sunscreen in the far left corner

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