Thursday, October 1, 2015

Richmond Heights Palmer & Krisel Restoration Opportunity – Hanford, CA

At $99,900, here’s one of the best-priced midcentury Palmer & Krisel home’s we’ve seen in a while in the Richmond Heights subdivision in Hanford, CA. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this 1958 expanded home includes 1,662 square feet of living space, an (empty) in-ground pool and a detached two-car garage on a 9,500 square-foot lot.

Front of home features rare original vertical wooden screen over master bathroom window

This one needs some work, but it’s a great property with lots of original features still in place. The exterior of the home still features its original window layout; however, it appears that the original clerestory windows on the sides of the home have been removed. One great and rare original feature still intact on the front exterior of the home is the vertical sun screen over the master bathroom window, adjacent to the front door. These typically didn’t survive after a half-century, and very few homes still have their original screens today.

Living room appears to have been updated in the late 1960s

Living room and family/dining room addition with built-in grotto

Inside, the home appears to have been updated in the late 1960s, with a wood-paneled living room and adjacent step-down family room expansion, complete with its own grotto and turned wood columns. Blood-red carpeting highlights both rooms, along with the original open-beamed ceilings.

Kitchen features original cabinetry, wall oven and vent hood. Wall unit behind range is a later addition

Unfortunately one cabinet door is missing; a carpenter could easily recreate a new one

The kitchen has its original cabinetry, and unfortunately there’s one door missing, which a carpenter could easily replicate. The countertops are a later addition as are the cooktop and dishwasher, but the original wall oven and vent hood are still in place, along with the original supports which allowed the cooktop island to and upper cabinets to float.

Original Dining/family room off of kitchen
Master bedroom and bathroom just off of entry
At least the master has plenty of natural light, which will be great when paint and floors go in. Until then best to keep the blinds shut

Master bathroom with original mirror and medicine cabinet

Jack and jill bathroom between secondary bedrooms

The dining room sits off the kitchen, and includes vintage, well-worn low-pile carpeting and large windows overlooking the pool area. The secondary bedrooms feature a jack-and-jill bath between them, and are split from the master. The master bath is also jack-and-jill, accessing both the front-corner master bedroom and entry hall like many of Krisel’s designs. The original mirrors and medicine cabinets are still present in both bathrooms, but fixtures and vanities have been updated over time.

Swimming pool is the center of the backyard

Covered patio at rear of home

View of home from northeast corner of backyard

The backyard is a blank slate ready for a smart makeover. The swimming pool is mostly empty, in need of repair, and there are remnants of some landscape still in place, a rusting storage shed sitting in the corner and an extremely tall ham radio antenna, visible in the street shot of this property.

This property needs a lot of cosmetic work, but when finished could be a real modernist show-stopper. At the current asking price of $99,900, this home will definitely sell quickly and be a great opportunity for one lucky buyer.

Check out the full listing on here: 1012 East Myrtle Street

Or here: 1012 East Myrtle Street

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