This 1959 Palmer & Krisel-designed Racquet Club Road
Estates home has been revisioned, reinterpreted and expanded to 2,400 square
feet. Sited on a quarter-acre lot, this home includes four bedrooms, three
bathrooms, a two car garage and large in-ground pool with an asking price of
|Front courtyard entry|
With the home sitting on a large corner lot, the front yard
has been enclosed with a front privacy courtyard, allowing for more intimate use
of the space and creating privacy from the surrounding roadways. The exterior of
the home has been recreated with a more commercial-type appearance, with beefed
up roof parapets and thick exterior columns added to the façade. Behind the
courtyard fence, an enticing front patio and garden greets visitors, with
palms, bamboo and olives.
The added front entryway sits between the home and the
garage, and greets those who enter with a large picture window opposite the
doorway overlooking the backyard. The kitchen, dining and living rooms all sit
at the back of the home overlooking the swimming pool.
|Kitchen and dining|
The kitchen features a combination of solid and reeded
glass-fronted knotty shaker-style cabinetry, topped with white marble on the
island and black marble against the western wall. The appliances are all
stainless steel, and windows have been added allowing the room to overlook the
outside dining area. The dining area sits adjacent to the open kitchen and is anchored
by a fantastically intricate sputnik-style chandelier.
|Dining and living room|
|Living room and fireplace|
A fireplace sits on the eastern wall of the living room, and
the entire wall and surround has been covered in dramatic white stone veneer. Both the living and dining rooms feature large
sliders opening up to the backyard, and high open beamed ceilings add height
and volume to the space.
|Master bedroom closets|
The two guest bedrooms and master bedroom in the main
structure all site on the north side of the home, with both guest rooms
overlooking the front courtyard. Both have had their front windows converted to
sliding glass doors accessing the courtyard space. The master bedroom opens up
to the side of the home, and features custom built-in closets. The master bath
has been expanded slightly, with the laundry added to the master bath along
with mosaic and subway tiled walls. The hall bath features marble tiled walls
and sleek bath fixtures.
A guest casita has been added behind the garage, and
features the fourth bedroom with third bath. The casita has high vaulted
ceilings, lots of glass and dramatic wallpapered walls. The casita bath has
glass mosaic tiled walls along with a soaking tub sited in front of large
windows overlooking the backyard.
|Backyard & pool area|
|Backyard & pool area|
|Dining patio off of kitchen|
The backyard has plenty of patio space surrounding the home
and pool, allowing for separate dining, game and sitting areas. Lots of shrubs
and palms line the perimeter of the yard and the original 15’ x 30’ Alexander
swimming pool has been finished in dark pebble-tec.
For those looking for a well-appointed renovated and expanded
midcentury home that embodies the aesthetics of a private retreat, you’ll definitely
want to check this one out.
Or Zillow.com here: 589
East Francis Drive
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