Friday, November 20, 2015

1959 Racquet Club Road Estates Palmer & Krisel Time Capsule For Sale – Palm Springs, CA

For the second entry in a row we’ve got another great time capsule Palmer & Krisel-designed home, this time in Racquet Club Road Estates in Palm Springs, CA. There’s something about an all (or nearly all) original Palmer & Krisel that we love seeing. It’s a great glimpse into the past and clear visual on how architect William Krisel envisioned the home. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,225 square feet with an in ground pool on a 10,000 square-foot lot subject to a probate sale, the asking price on this Alexander Construction Company-built home is $399,000.

Front entry
The property does have a bit of deferred maintenance, but it’s got so many great original elements that it’s worthy of preserving. The exterior of the home is fairly basic, with the original carport converted to a two-car garage. The front yard is pretty much a blank slate, with worn gravel, a pair of California Fan Palms and a large shrub at the courtyard wall between the garage and the home. A vintage carriage pole light welcomes visitors and guest to the entry pathway.

Original kitchen - check out the appliance package, counters, cabinetry and entry hall light above fridge


Kitchen-dining divider - WOW!

The living, dining and kitchen all sit on the west side of the property, while the three bedrooms are all on the east side of the home. Inside, the home pretty much looks like it did in 1959, with the original kitchen still in place. Original pegboard sliding doors access the storage cabinetry, while the vintage floating bar with white laminate counter and pegboard sliders separate the kitchen from the dining room, perched atop sleek wire legs. Yellow tile countertops look as great as they did in 1959, along with original cinnamon-colored cooktop and oven.

Dining room - someone save us that light!

Living and dining

The living and dining room overlook the backyard pool and covered patio. This particular model was built without a fireplace, allowing for additional wall and window space. The dining room features the original pull-down Asian-style light fixture, which matches the sconce in the entryway. There’s also a great floating wall unit in the corner of the living room that we hope stays with the home.

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Secondary bedroom

The bedrooms are all in their original layout, with the master at the back of the house and the secondary bedrooms at the side and front corner side of the home. The master bedroom includes the original slider out to the backyard, with original wall of closets opposite.

Master bathroom

Master bathroom

Guest bathroom

Like a true time capsule home, both bathrooms are original with Krisel-designed sliding pegboard vanities with saucer pulls, original semi-flush sinks and matching pegboard sliding medicine cabinetry intact. Well-maintained vintage light fixtures still illuminate the bathrooms, and original tubs and 3” tile surrounds are still in place and appear to be in great condition.

Pool and covered patio


Patio off of living room - check out that vintage hanging light fixture!

Covered patio and with original V supports


The backyard contains a large, in-ground pool at the southwest corner of the backyard while a covered patio wraps around the west and south faces of the home. Sleek V-shaped supports hold the cover up, and a great orange-glass pendant light fixture hangs from the cover. The rest of the yard contains a small shed, a few, sparse mature shrubs and palm.

This is one of the most intact Racquet Club Road Estates homes we’ve had the pleasure of featuring. With so many great vintage features still intact and pristine, we hope there’s a good chance these signature Krisel details are preserved.

Check out the full listing on here: 781 East Spencer Drive

Or here: 781 East Spencer Drive

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