Tuesday, September 22, 2015

1954 Parkwood La Mirada Palmer & Krisel For Sale – La Mirada, CA

Situated near the western end of the Parkwood La Mirada subdivision is this 1954 1,404 square-foot Palmer & Krisel-designed home. Built by the Devon Construction Company this home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage on a 7,500 square-foot lot with an asking price of $469,900.

Entry with private courtyard off of master bedroom

The property still sports the remains of the original Olive Tree that was once part of Andrew McNally’s ranch, now relegated to a mere shrub in the center of the grassy front yard. The garage sits in the rear yard and is accessed via a privacy gate along the north side of the yard. A small private courtyard sits adjacent to the front entry, screening the front-facing master bedroom.

Entry Hall - Check out that great vintage light fixture!

Original fireplace in Living Room with added wood paneling and vintage vent hood

The living, kitchen and dining rooms all sit at the back of the home, along with the laundry. The living room still features its original signature Krisel-modernist fireplace, with wood paneling and a small vintage metal hood added to the original stone and wallboard design.

Kitchen retains original layout with lowered ceiling and refaced cabinetry

The fridge, while newer than the home, is definitely a vintage piece now
Laundry with original utility sink and vintage tile surround

The kitchen appears to keep its original form and appliance placement, however the cabinets were either replaced or recovered with raised panel oak. Portions of the kitchen look into the bonus room added onto the rear of the home, while one lone window overlooks the backyard. The ceilings have been dropped, which make the small space feel smaller, and the appliances are now vintage in their own right. The laundry sits adjacent to the kitchen, accesses the backyard and incorporates a vintage utility sink and tilework.

Secondary Bedroom 

Secondary Bedroom

Master Bedroom with private patio
There's lots of goodies in this shot - original vanity, light fixture and wow, even a safe!

The bedrooms all incorporate their original open, beamed vaulted ceilings and original windows, which let plenty of natural light in. The master bedroom is full of character, with a private front courtyard, original built-in vanity and original gold-perforated metal light fixture. Both bathrooms were renovated at approximately the same time as the kitchen, and do not necessarily reflect the midcentury modern character of the home.

Bonus room at rear of home

Bonus room features lots of windows, including many that look inside the home

Backyard is large and grassy

Fencing is starting to age, grass and trees appear healthy

A large bonus room has been added onto the rear of the home, which adds square footage onto a small floorplate. The addition cuts down on the amount of natural light which enters the living areas, making those rooms appear darker than intended by the architect. The backyard is a simple two-tier yard, with a full lawn, large shade tree blocking western sun and the two-car garage.

This home has great lines and a great basic floorplan that could really shine as is or be made even stronger with a few tweaks. It still embodies that great original midcentury aesthetic that is so highly sought after.

Check out the full listing on here: 14246 San Ardo Drive

Or here: 14246 San Ardo Drive

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