Friday, October 30, 2015

1960 Tierra Del Cerro Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale – San Diego, CA

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

Front entry
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 room.


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.

Secondary bedroom

Guest bathroom

Master bedroom

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.

Check out the full listing on here: 5612 Dartford Way

Or here: 5612 Dartford Way

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