Built in 1955 by Louis Lesser Enterprises, this 1,190
square-foot Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Buena Park, CA packs three bedrooms (originally
four) and two bathrooms under one roof with a two-car garage on a 6,000 square-foot lot with
an asking price of $499,000.
|The front yard has nothing but potential for the new owner|
Outside, this home could use a little TLC in the landscape
department, with its patchy lawn and block and metal fence enclosing the front
yard. The exterior of the home features dramatic vertical board and batten
siding, creating strong shadow lines and a great mid-century aesthetic. The
high pressure sodium light at the garage is a bit over-scaled and not in
keeping with the residential nature of the property, and the block fence is unwelcoming, but both are an easy removal
for the new owner.
|Living room |
|Living room with dining room in former master beyond|
|Living room features original modernist fireplace - floor tiles next to firebox and ill-fitting mantle are later additions|
The living and dining areas sit at the rear of the home,
while the kitchen is just off the entry. Several long, high, rectangular openings
with decorative spindles have been created between living room and kitchen,
allowing the two spaces to be open to each other while still providing privacy.
The living room is anchored by a modernist flush-mount fireplace surrounded by
a simple thin steel square ring to which an ill-fitting mantle has been added.
The firebox is purposefully off center and has been accented by large floor
tiles, which originally would have been one-inch mosaic tiles.
|Dining room with original master bath could create some awkward dining moments|
|Enclosed porch at rear of home|
A large enclosed porch has been added to the living room,
which cuts the amount of south-facing natural light entering the home but adds additional
living space onto this efficient home. The dining room has been carved out of
the former master bedroom, and it’s west-facing clerestory windows have been
covered up. As the dining room was the former master, it also features a full bathroom
and the original closets are still intact.
|Kitchen sits just off of entry|
|Kitchen layout could be revised to create a more efficient space|
The kitchen features a lowered ceiling and has been laid out
half-galley style, with raised panel cabinetry and granite counters. The
laundry area sits at the end of the kitchen and features a door access the
service porch and garage.
|Rear corner bedroom|
|Rear corner bedroom features jack and jill access to hall bath|
|Front corner bedroom features dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and clerestories|
|Bedroom at front of home|
The three bedrooms sit at the eastern end of the home, and
the two end bedrooms still feature their original clerestory windows, allowing
plenty of natural light to enter the home as intended. All three bedrooms still
incorporate their original, open, beamed ceilings allowing for the diminutive
spaces to feel larger than they appear. The
bathroom servicing these three bedrooms has been updated, and provides
jack-and-jill access to both the hallway and rear corner bedroom.
|Backyard is sparse and open|
|There's lots of potential for personalization|
The backyard is just as sparse the front, completely devoid
of shade trees or softening shrubs. It’s an open blank slate waiting for a
water-wise modernist makeover. This home has some fantastic clean lines, and is
ready for a new owner to breathe new modernist life into it. It’s move-in ready
and will make a perfect long-term project or immediate restoration.
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