This Palmer & Krisel-designed home sits in San Diego’s
Tierra Del Sol subdivision and was built by the Drogin Construction Company in
1960. Unlike many of the homes in the subdivision which front Interstate 8,
this property sits on Dartford Way, a 15-home cul-de-sac just off of Airoso Avenue.
With three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,764 square feet, and a two car garage sitting on a 8,800 square-foot lot, the asking price on this property is $575,000.
|H-shadow block on front of home - great original detail|
The east-facing front yard features a striking face of
H-shadow block, creating a memorable and distinctly William Krisel-façade. The
front yard is a collection of mature plantings, and is ready to be enjoyed
as-is or can be a perfect candidate for a water-conserving makeover. The original
clerestories over the garage, entry and front-facing guest bedroom are all
still in place, while the other windows have been replaced with vinyl substitutions
and thick white trim.
|Living, dining and kitchen have been combined into one super room|
|Dining area at rear of home|
Walking into the home, the dividing wall between the
kitchen, dining and living rooms has been removed, creating a large, cavernous space
that opens up the floor plan and allows more light to flow through the space but
removes privacy from the common areas of the home and actually makes the room
feel smaller. The original living room sits at the front of the home, while the
dining room sits towards the back. Unlike many other iterations of this
floorplan found throughout the San Diego region, there was no fireplace built with
this home, which frees up furniture placement and changes the focus of the
|Kitchen is pretty open to the living areas|
|Kitchen as viewed from the family room|
The kitchen was updated at some point over the last 20
years, and features white raised-panel cabinetry in an L-shaped configuration.
There’s no central island, and the room reads as an opportunity to create a
better-fitting and modernist-inspired space that contextually suits the architectural
roots of the home.
Both the master and guest bathrooms have been redone in the
same style as one another, with dark cherry vanities, granite countertops and
marble tub surrounds. While nice materials, the rooms do read as slightly heavy
in nature and could be lightened through paint. The bedrooms are all in their original
configuration, with open beamed ceilings, and the secondary bedrooms oriented
towards the front of the home with the
master at the rear.
The backyard contains a patio space, several mature trees
and mature plantings. Much like the front yard, the back yard offers the
opportunity to enjoy as-is or to renovate with a drought-friendly makeover.
This home is move-in ready, but there’s great potential to
bring out the midcentury roots of the property and really make it shine.