Wednesday, August 19, 2015

1955 Palmer & Krisel in Parkwood La Mirada For Sale – La Mirada, CA

Up for sale is this 1955 Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Parkwood La Mirada. Featuring three bedrooms, two bathroom in 1,288 original square feet with a two-car garage, this mid century home sits on a 7,000 square-foot lot with an asking price of $489,000.

Like many homes in Parkwood La Mirada, this one still has its original Olive tree out in the grassy front yard, 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.

Front of home features original olive tree, white vinyl windows and tan paint.

The home has been stuccoed, painted tan and had white vinyl craftsman bungalow-style windows added to the front of it, while the garage door is English-cottage. The garage is detached from the main structure, like many of Krisel’s 1950’s tract home designs.

Living Room and modest dining room

The floorplan of this home is one that we’ve seen before in several other Krisel-designed subdivisions – the living and smallish dining rooms are at the back of the home, anchored by signature modernist stacked block fireplace (although a mantle has been added to this fireplace) flanked by floor to ceiling windows. In this home, the original sliding glass doors have been replaced with French doors, adding another window style to the home. The signature open, beamed vaulted ceilings are still in place, adding height and volume to the home.

Original stacked block fireplace in Living Room

Galley Kitchen with c. 1980s cabientry

Breakfast nook at front of home

The dining room at the back of the home is modest in size and open to the galley-style kitchen at the east side of the home and features clerestories the span the entire east side of the home. The kitchen has been updated at some point, most likely early 1980s, and features cathedral raised-panel cabinets, floor tile for the backsplashes and Formica butcher block patterned counters. At the front of the kitchen is a small breakfast nook and a doorway leading to the front service porch and detached garage.

Master bedroom

Guest bathroom

Both bathrooms have been updated at some point in their life, with modest materials that work with the style of the home. The master and secondary bedrooms on the ends of the home still have their west-facing clerestories, allowing the small rooms to feel larger.

Backyard patio

The backyard is open and grassy, with a moderately sized concrete patio off of the living room, and a large tree at the corner of the yard. This Palmer & Krisel has great bones that will make a great modernist make-over or restoration project.

Check out the full listing on Redfin here: 15039 Badlona Drive

Or here: 15039 Badlona Drive

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