Marlborough Palms is an approximate 31-home subdivision
located in Granada Hills, CA in the northern portion of the San Fernando Valley
with just a handful of Palmer & Krisel homes built in 1956 and 57. This
particular Palmer & Krisel home in Marlborough Palms was built in 1956, features
four bedrooms, three bathrooms in 1,824 square feet, an in-ground pool and a
detached two-car garage on a 7,500 square-foot corner lot with an asking price
|Front yard with new drought friendly landscape|
|Victorian front door, stone tiled entry and a disproportionately tiny porch light|
The first line of the listing agent’s description is that
this home is not a flip; mainly because it most certainly looks like one. That aside
the home almost reflects more of a western theme than anything – a first that
we’ve seen on a mid-century contemporary. The front of the home features a full-width
covered porch, a low maintenance drought-friendly front yard landscape and an
uncovered two-car driveway.
The front of the home has recently been re-stuccoed with a
beige stucco finish after recently having a non-original red brick veneer
removed. The entryway has been covered in stone tiles which surrounds a darkly
stained Victorian-style front door.
|Living room - modernist fireplace has been normalized, to look less modernist and more basic|
|Original dining room and addition at rear of home. South-facing clerestories still let in some light|
Inside, there’s not many original elements remaining, with
the exception of the clerestory windows and the exposed, open beamed ceilings.
The living and dining room are at the rear of the home, and an addition has
been placed at the rear of each. While the addition adds square-footage, it
diminishes the amount of light which enters the living room. The signature
Krisel fireplace has been modified from its original modernist form into a more
generic, standard format with stacked stone tiles and a ceramic-tiled surround.
|Kitchen and front Family Room as seen from Dining Room.|
|Kitchen still retains original clerestories|
|Kitchen and large island/table for handy eating|
The kitchen has been updated with dark cabinetry, granite
counters and stainless steel appliances. An island has been added between the
kitchen and front-facing family room, which appears to serve more as built-in
table than valuable counter space.
|Bedroom still retains original clerestories|
|Bathroom is updated and beige|
|Bedroom at rear of the house with addition which contains different flooring for some reason|
The bedrooms at the rear of the home have had square-footage
added to them from the same addition off the living room, however the
additional square footage is neither the same shape as the original bedrooms
nor does it contain the same floor covering as the ‘main’ part of the bedrooms which
really divides the space unnecessarily.
The bathrooms have been redone in the same style of the rest
of the home, featuring granite counters, beige tilework – with the exception of
one black-tiled shower - and newer fixtures. Out back there’s a large in-ground
pool with a curious, jagged arrangement of rocks at the edges of the pool. The
detached garage sits in the backyard, and the backside of the garage had had a
covered porch and rustic stone fireplace and hearth added to it.
|It's a rocky swimming pool|
|Rustic meets mid-mod in this covered porch and fireplace combo on Krisel's detached garage|
We’re not sure where to start with this one – this is the
first western-flip-themed Krisel we’ve ever seen. On the plus it’s move-in
ready and any restoration can take place at the new owner’s pace, making it a
perfect long-term project.
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