Friday, August 21, 2015

Modern Gables 1954 Palmer & Krisel For Sale – Van Nuys, CA

Here’s a rare opportunity to own a Modern Gables Palmer & Krisel-designed midcentury modern home in Van Nuys, CA. Rare in the fact that there’s only 18 of these modernist homes built by Murray Straus between 1954 and 1955, and they don't come up for sale that often.

This featured home was built in 1954 and features four bedrooms, two bathrooms in 1,622 square-feet, a two car garage and a bonus room all on a 7,000 square-foot lot with an asking price of $550,000. The front of the home still features its signature Krisel-lines, with side entry garage with vertical banding, clerestories and side front door.

Front of home features original vertical banding
Entry with unfortunate front door - an easy fix

A sweeping front driveway leads visitors past the garage to the front door at the side of the home. The front door is the only incongruous element of the exterior of the home (white vinyl windows aside), looking more at home on a Tuscan villa than a midcentury modern. Nevertheless, walking into the home one immediately enters the large, open living and dining area overlooking the side yard patio.

Living Room as viewed from entry

Living Room with Dining Room beyond

Dining Room has lots of natural light

Kitchen is open to Dining area


Kitchen and Dining area

The living room is anchored by the signature Krisel modernist fireplace surrounded by walls of glass. The dining room sits at the rear corner of the home and is surrounded on two sides by glass. The dining room leads to the galley kitchen, which receive plenty of natural light from the clerestories that span the room. The cabinetry has been updated with white raised panel cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom with french doors leading to side patio

Master bath - floor tile on tub surround was a poor choice; the rest of the room looks sharp

The master bedroom is split from the secondary bedrooms, and features vaulted ceilings, wood floors and mirrored closet doors. A pair of French doors leads out to the side yard patio, and the master bath sits at the rear of the home. The master bath features windows on two sides, updated cabinetry, marble vanity with undermount sink, and a bathtub with a strange brown floor tile surround.

Secondary bedroom at front of home
Secondary bedroom has diminished natural light thanks to addition
Secondary bedroom has access door to bonus room
Guest bath has cool retro tiles and an unfortunate vanity that doesn't quite fit

The secondary bedrooms all feature vaulted ceilings and limited natural light. The bonus room addition abuts the rear of two of the secondary bedrooms, and significantly diminishes the quantity of natural light which enters the rooms. The remaining secondary bedroom is a significant contrast as it still incorporates its original clerestories and window configuration. The guest bath still has its original cool retro mint green tub surround, but unfortunately the vanity and sink are something out of a big-box discount store, and don’t quite fit the style of the home.

Bonus Room leads to patio off of Living Room

The bonus room is entered from one of the secondary bedrooms, and provides access to both the garage and side yard patio off of the living room. The size of the room is useful, but the location, access and impact on adjacent bedrooms is detrimental to the flow of the home. The room could be reconfigured or removed to create a stronger home design.  


Side patio off of Living and Bonus Rooms

The backyard is wide, open and grassy, faces south and contains two medium-sized trees, enclosed by a wooden fence. There’s plenty of room for entertaining, a small patio for barbequing, and lots of space for gardening.

This is a really neat opportunity to own a rare piece of modernist architecture in the heart of Van Nuys. This home is open all weekend, and is definitely going to sell fast. Check it out before its gone.

Check out the listing here: 14230 Cohasset Street

Or here: 14230 Cohasset Street

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