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
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.
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.
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
|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.
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