Built in 1955 by Midland Properties in the City of
Fullerton, CA is this expanded and altered 1,942 square-foot four bedroom, two
bathroom Palmer & Krisel-designed home. Situated at the corner entrance to
a 12-home cul-de-sac, this home includes a large rear-yard family room
addition, a master bedroom addition, and an original detached two-car garage on
a 7,000 square-foot lot with an asking price of $525,000.
|Front of home features added front porch and brick veneer|
There’s not much midcentury or modern left in this
midcentury modern home, and it will take a bit of vision and creativity to
bring it back to its original design style. The home sits on a grassy,
well-landscaped lot with added brick veneer to the lower half of the home,
along with a brick-columned front porch added around the entryway.
|Living room; modernist fireplace has been converted to a traditional fireplace|
|Dining room at side of home|
|Living room looks into family room addition beyond|
Inside, the décor and finishes of the property reflect the
current homeowners tastes, which is more country than midcentury or modern. The living
room sits at the back of the home, and has lost its floor-to-ceiling windows to
entrances to the family room addition that sits behind it. The fireplace has
been made to look more traditional than its modernist origins, and hopefully
the original blockwork is buried under the added drywall and mantle.
|Dining room is open to kitchen|
|Kitchen shows cluttered and traditional|
|Kitchen is ready for a modernist makeover|
The kitchen sits on the side of the home, and no longer
features its original clerestory windows. The cabinetry has been updated with
raised panel oak cabinetry, laminate coutners and a busy tiled backsplash. The
family room addition at the back of the home adds square feet onto the
property, but cuts down on the amount of natural light which enters the living
area and changes the flow of the property.
|Master bedroom shows long and linear|
|Guest bath with vintage tub|
The master bedroom reads as a long, linear room thanks to
the second addition that gives it additional square footage and gives
additional living space in an otherwise modestly-sized home. The remaining bedrooms
are all in their original configurations, featuring vaulted ceilings and modest
sizes. The bathrooms have both been updated, with the exception of the blue
bathtub in the guest bath.
|Backyard patio features gas fire pit|
|Backyard is mainly concrete and planters|
The backyard is mainly uncovered concrete patios and
planters, modest in size as the two home additions and detached garage occupy
portions of it. A built-in gas fire pit anchors the patio space, and the
surrounding walls have been painted a dark brown color.
A full restoration will take quite a bit of work on this
particular home, however with the right vision it can certainly be achieved in
time. In the meantime the property is move-in ready, waiting for that right
owner to bring it back to its modernist roots.
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