Thursday, July 2, 2015

Valwood Estates Krisel Restoration Opportunity – Pomona, CA

Relatively new to the market is this 1,312 square-foot , three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a two-car garage on a 5,900 square-foot lot in Pomona’s Valwood Estates with an asking price of $345,000. Built in 1955, Valwood Estates offered affordable three and four bedroom homes built by Weber-Burns, architecture by Palmer & Krisel, and interior design and color selection by C. Tony Periera.

Most homes in Valwood Estates have been heavily altered over the years – many have deferred maintenance, walled-in front yards, vinyl replacement windows, have had heavy stucco finishes added to exterior, and suffer from lack of care. This home is in good condition, truly one of the cleanest and well-maintained ones we’ve seen in Valwood Estates to date, and has an open front yard, but has had many of its original Krisel hallmarks removed or covered over.

This home is a Plan F1, and maintains its original floor plan. The signature large Krisel windows have all been removed, replaced with mullioned white vinyl big-box off-the-shelf specials. The front door is Victorian in style, interesting choice for a mid-mod home, but an easy fix to change out to a solid core or mid-century inspired replacement. Inside, the home has been wholly been updated, leaving very few traces of the mid-century modern bones of this home.

F1 Floorplan

F1 Elevation
The open beamed vaulted ceilings have been drywalled and textured over – potentially accommodating additional insulation or utility runs, but changing the interior character of the home. The clerestory windows at the ends of the home have actually been ‘arched’ over – we’re not sure why arches would be considered an update over angled clerestories, but apparently they are. The walls of glass in the living room have been replaced with ½ height vinyl windows, limiting the amount of light which enters the home.

The kitchen features newer big-box do-it-yourself store style cabinetry with arched uppers, and are finished with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. True to the original floorplan, the kitchen opens to the laundry, which in turn provides access to the backyard. The bathrooms feature the same style of updates, with granite counters and redone tub and shower surrounds.

Entry and potion of dining area
Dining area
Living room
Kitchen & breakfast bar
The backyard is fairly open turf, with minimal landscape, while the front yard features mature landscape with a green lawn and large trees. The biggest positives about this home is that it’s move-in ready and priced well, so if you’re looking for an affordable Krisel in Pomona, this is it. There’s a lot of work which will need to be done to restore this home back to its mid-century modern roots, and there’s no way of knowing what condition the open-beamed ceilings are in under that drywall, but if you’ve got to move quick and have vision, this is definitely one to consider.

Front yard with mature landscape
Backyard with minimal landscape

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