Friday, November 6, 2015

Bartley Grove Estates 1954 Palmer& Krisel Short Sale For Sale – Whittier, CA

The third of our trio of Palmer & Krisel-designed homes to hit the market this week in Whittier, CA is this 1954 home located in Bartley Grove Estates in southwest Whittier. Originally built as a four bedroom two bathroom home with a two-car carport, this property has been reconfigured to include five bedrooms with three bathrooms in 1,647 square feet with a carport conversion. Sited on a nine-home cul-de-sac with a 5,900 square-foot lot, the asking price on this short sale property is only $275,000.

Front of home and carport
With this low low price comes issues. The floor plan has been modified – the two car garage has been converted to a master bedroom, a makeshift carport has been built on the front of the property, and there is lots of tlc needed. But at this price, this property becomes an opportunity for the new owner.

The home shows cluttered, and there are not a lot of photographs leaving lots up to the imagination. The front yard contains low growing, mature landscape hiding the home from street view but providing an opportunity to create a water-conserving modernist makeover. A trellised freestanding carport serves as the covered parking for the property, hiding the front door entry from view from the street.

Living Room

Living and dining room

Dining and living room

The entry leads visitors into the rear-facing living and dining rooms which is pretty well filled with furniture. Seen through the contents of the home are floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the backyard through the living and dining rooms, along with original single-panel French doors. All of the original open beamed celotex ceilings are still in place, allowing for the interior space to feel slightly larger than they are, while the flooring is laminate and ceramic tile.


Family room

The kitchen lies just off of the dining room, and has been updated at some point over the last 15 years, with raised panel cabinetry and granite countertops. The family room sits just off of the kitchen adjacent to the entry, and shows even more cluttered than the rest of the home, making it difficult to discern what is happening with the space.  

Master bedroom in former garage

Master bathroom

Guest bedroom
Guest bedroom

Guest bathroom

The guest bedrooms are all fairly diminutive in size, however the master bedroom carved out of the former garage is actually fairly spacious. The bathrooms have all been updated with materials that are fairly indicative of a big box store renovation including out-of-the-box vanities, but appear to be functional without significant issues.

The backyard shows pretty much like the home; cluttered and busy, but again with clutter comes opportunity to create something special. The asking price is low enough on this home that the master bedroom could be converted back into the garage, and a pretty extensive modernist makeover could occur to the rest of the home with the potential for some equity to be left over. If the property can be had at the asking price, it’s a great buy an excellent opportunity to create something special.

Check out for the full listing here: 10917 Abbotsford Road

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