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Friday, August 7, 2015

Solid Corbin Palms 1954 Palmer & Krisel For Sale – Woodland Hills, CA


Built by the Alexander Construction Company, Corbin Palms has long been regarded as the initial benchmark tract home community for the architectural firm of Palmer & Krisel, cementing their position as one of the leading modernist architectural forms on the west coast. This particular home is a 1,392 square-foot model F, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms (originally four bedrooms – the fourth bedroom has been removed providing additional square-footage to the living and dining areas), a two car carport and an in-ground pool all on a 7,500 square foot lot with an asking price of $599,000.

Original pull-through carport - converted to a one-sided entry to extend the kitchen porch

Entry - check out the detail on that combed siding - love it

This home retains its lushly landscaped front yard, with mature plantings including original palms. Over time, some modifications have been made to the front exterior of the home, including red brick veneer, a white picket fence, a porch rail near the entry and a bay window at the master bedroom. The remainder of the exterior of the home looks to be original – even the roof retains the original look by maintaining a rock covering.

Living Room

Signature Krisel modernist fireplace - We've never seen one trimmed out like this
Former fourth bedroom at front of home add square footage to living area

Inside the home has been updated in a sort of traditional ranch-style that isn’t necessarily midcentury modern, but works for the property. The fourth bedroom has been opened to the living and dining rooms, with access provided to the kitchen. The original open, beamed celotex ceilings are still intact, as is the original signature Krisel-modernist fireplace and lighting soffit. The original doors and windows have been replaced with small-paned mullioned models.

Kitchen still retains original clerestories which let in lots of light

Kitchen - check out that great mid-century diamond pane ranch-house door

The kitchen sits at the front of the home and features granite countertops, squared raised-panel cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen also still includes its original clerestories which add lots of natural light to the space, and the vintage diamond-pane x-panel ranch house door add a great midcentury touch to the room.

Guest bath - mirror throws us off

Master Bedroom

Secondary Bedroom

Both the guest and master bathrooms have been renovated in a traditional style, with oil-rubbed bronze fitureres and combination of beige and white tiles. The only curious feature is the mirror in the guest bath, which projects from the wall and blocks a portion of the window. All three bedrooms feature dark engineered wood floors and open ceilings.

Pool area

View of home from the corner of the backyard

Service porch at the front of the home - love that mid-century pole-mounted coach light

The backyard features a large, in-ground swimming pool, lots of covered and uncovered patio space and low maintenance landscape. The pull-through carport has been converted to a one-sided entry carport, creating a large patio space just off the kitchen nook. There’s even a traditional midcentury ranch-style pole mounted coach light just beyond the kitchen door that we think is pretty cool and retro.


Corbin Palms is one of the quintessential modernist housing tracts in the San Fernando Valley and a fantastic piece of architectural history. This move-in ready home is ready to be enjoyed as is or renovated with a nod to it’s modernist roots.

Check out Redfin for more photos here: 19801 Gilmore Street


Or Realtor.com here: 19801 Gilmore Street

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