The Krisel Connection is dedicated to showcasing and discussing the works of modernist architect William Krisel. Architect to tens of thousands of tract homes, custom residences and numerous commercial buildings, Krisel’s distinct style and cutting-edge design helped set the tone for modern architecture in America during the mid-century.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
North Reseda 1955 Palmer & Krisel For Sale – Reseda, CA
We’ve recently discovered a new Palmer & Krisel-designed
subdivision adjacent to the Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Reseda, CA.
There’s only 66 homes in this neighborhood (one was lost to a parking lot
expansion) and most homes are sited on cul-de-sac streets. Built in 1955, this
home features four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,360 square feet, a two car
garage on a 6,200 square-foot garage with an asking price of $435,000.
The property only has one immediate neighbor, as the parking
lot for an adjacent medical office building surrounds the home to the north and
west. The home doesn’t give much in the way of architectural curb appeal in its
current state. A well-worn wooden fence separates the front yard and entry from
the street. Mature junipers, a pine and palm screen pretty much most of the
home from street view, leaving only the garage for impact.
Inside, the home features the living, dining and kitchen at
the rear of the home, while the secondary bedrooms are split from the master.
The living room is anchored by a modernist stacked brick fireplace and windows
overlooking the backyard. The kitchen sits just off the dining room, and
according to the listing still features its original cooktop and oven;
unfortunately, no pictures were provided by the listing agent.
The interior of the home still features its original
open-beamed ceilings, painted brown in some rooms and white in others. A
variety of wood floors are found throughout the home, along with a variety of
colors found in every room. The original clerestories are still intact,
allowing for lots of natural light to enter otherwise diminutive rooms.
No photos have been provided of the bathrooms or the
backyard, but Google Maps tells us there’s a covered patio out back along with
a large pair of mature trees and shrubbery surrounding the perimeter fence.
This midcentury home has some great lines, and hopefully a fairly intact
original kitchen worth salvaging.