Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Palmer & Krisel Fixer Opportunity in Valwood Estates – Pomona, CA

Opportunity knocks with this midcentury 1955 Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Pomona’s Valwood Estates. This well-worn home features four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,200 square feet and a detached two-car garage on a 6,200 square-foot lot with an asking price of $325,000.
Entry courtyard

Original floor plan and elevation from Valwood Estates sales brochure
Built as the Valwood Estates Model B2, this diminutive home holds lots of potential.  The home sits with its gable end towards the street, while the detached garage carries a shed roofline almost creating a zig-zag patterned roofline. A thick green hedgerow separates the front yard from the sidewalk, while the front yard itself is ready for a modernist drought-friendly makeover.  

Dining room

The front door sits on the side of the home located in the entry courtyard between the home and detached garage. The entryway opens up to the rear-facing living room, dining room and kitchen. The living room still features its original cut stone fireplace, now painted white and hidden from view in the listing photos by couches.

Dining room

Living room

Kitchen with entry beyond

The dining room sits at the rear corner of the home, with windows overlooking the backyard. The south-facing clerestory windows have been painted over, cutting down on the amount of natural light entering the home. Opposite the living and dining rooms are the kitchen and laundry, the latter of which provides access to the backyard. The kitchen appears to have been updated at some point in the mid-1970s, with tile countertops, dark wood cabinetry and white appliances.



The bedrooms show fairly tight, as four bedrooms in 1,200 square feet is a lot to pack in. Luckily all rooms feature their original open beamed celotex ceilings, helping to add volume to small spaces. Like the rear of the home, the north-facing clerestories at the front of the home have been painted over, no longer allowing natural light to illuminate the spaces.

The bathrooms appear to have been updated in the same era as the kitchen, and are at least functional. While there are no listing photos, the backyard is very much a blank slate, with large trees shade along the south perimeter and a patchy lawn ready to be converted to entertaining space or a water-conserving landscape.

While the property shows cluttered, there’s lots of potential to breathe new modernist life into this midcentury Palmer & Krisel home.

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