Sunday, December 13, 2015

Placentia Palmer & Krisel with Potential For Sale – Placentia, CA

Up for grabs is this midcentury 1955 Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Placentia, CA. The Placentia Palmer & Krisel homes are bisected by the Orange Freeway and have only approximately 65 homes remaining, with several lost to freeway construction and commercial expansion. This particular home features 1,312 square feet of expanded living space with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a detached two-car garage and a large non-permitted guest house on a 7,100 square-foot lot with an asking price of $460,000.

Front of home has compound-like appearance

The Placentia Palmer & Krisel homes have seen better days, but are prime for reinvestment and restoration with their central and convenient location. This home features a fenced-in front yard, giving it an unwelcoming compound-like appearance from the street. The front yard consists of an asphalt driveway with a large concrete parking pad, turf and several small shrubs. The streetside appearance of the home generally retains the original Krisel lines; however, the windows have been updated with mullioned white vinyl windows which alter the intended midcentury modern appearance of the home.

Inside, the kitchen sits on the east side of the home adjacent to the entryway with the living and dining at the rear of the home. The four bedrooms sit on the west side of the property, with two bedrooms facing the front and two bedrooms facing the rear. The floorplan is nearly identical to other Krisel four bedroom models that were built in Santa Ana, Pomona and Nevada.


The kitchen has been expanded to occupy the former breakfast nook and laundry area, and is open in configuration to the entryway. Light cabinetry with earth-toned tile countertops have been added along with black appliances. The original clerestories are still in place, allowing for plenty of natural light to enter the home.  

Living room

Passageway to rear yard addition

The living area at the rear of the home features its original stacked block signature Krisel modernist fireplace and floor to ceiling windows. A pair of original glass French doors lead to a small hallway proving access to the non-permitted addition in the backyard.

Master bedroom

Secondary bedroom

Secondary bedroom


The four bedrooms are relatively small in size, and an approximate 100 square-foot addition has been placed on the rear of the home at the master bedroom. All bedrooms still feature their open beamed celotex ceilings and closet configurations. No photos have been provided of the bathroom, so there’s no telling what kind of condition they are in.

Addition at rear of home

Backyard is a labyrinth of patios, porches and additions

Garage at rear of home

The backyard contains the original detached two-car garage, the non-permitted guest house addition and a large covered patio area. The guest house addition sides up to the garage, and has been finished in a similar style as the remainder of the home, with open beamed ceilings and lots of windows. The remainder of the backyard contains a patchy turf area, small storage shed and two small trees.

There is a lot of unrealized potential with this property, along with quite a few problems to solve, namely the large unpermitted addition at the rear, but with the right buyer with plenty of imagination, this could be a great home.

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