Built in 1955 in southwest Whittier is this four bedroom,
two bathroom 1,340 square-foot Palmer & Krisel-designed home. Featuring a
two-car garage on an efficient 5,000 square-foot lot the home carries a low
asking price of only $379,900.
The front of the home holds a green grassy lawn, with dense
plantings at the base of the home. The large four-pane front windows have been
given up in favor of while vinyl mullioned replacements, with thick white molding,
which alters the intended modern appearance of the home.
|Living Room is anchored by large modernist fireplace|
|Living Room features signature walls of glass overlooking the backyard |
Like most Palmer & Krisel-designed homes, the kitchen,
living and dining rooms are all at the rear of the home overlooking the
backyard. The living room is anchored by a modernist corner fireplace with a
stacked brick surround. The angled hearth appears to be a later addition, yet
still vintage. The open beamed ceilings are still in place, while the common
areas are floored in dark wood laminate.
|Kitchen shows dark without clerestories|
The kitchen has been updated with typical big-box store
style materials – dark cherry cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless
steel appliances. The clerestories on the sides of the home have long been
covered over, replaced with warping plastic siding on the outside and drywall
on the inside. This cuts down significantly on the amount of natural light
entering the living areas and bedrooms.
|Dark curtains make the norht-facing secondary bedroom show dark|
|Bathroom doesn't reflect the mid century modern roots of the home|
The bedrooms are all fairly modest in size, as four bedrooms
in 1,300 square feet is a tight fit in any situation. The bathrooms have all
been updated over time with simple, generic materials that don’t reflect the
midcentury modern style of the home.
|Apparently the only spot of color on the home is this gate. Warping plastic siding covers the area where clerestories once were located|
|Backyard covered patio|
The backyard contains a trellised, covered patio and raised
grassy area. There’s definitely some TLC needed on this property, and
restoration of the original clerestories would help make some of the small
spaces feel larger. At its current price, this home definitely won’t last long,
hopefully the new owner will see the modernist potential that this property holds.
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