Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ramon Rise 1958 Palmer & Krisel Fixer For Sale – Palm Springs, CA

Here’s that perfect opportunity for a well-priced Palmer & Krisel-designed fixer upper in Palm Springs’ Ramon Rise neighborhood. Nicknamed ‘Little Beverly Hills’ for its street names derived from the city of the same, this midcentury home built in 1958 includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,518 square feet with a two-car carport and an in-ground pool on a 10,400 square-foot lot with an asking price of only $397,000.

Situated on a corner lot, this home built by the Alexander Construction Company is a major fixer upper ripe with potential. The front yard consists of a low slump-block walled courtyard with dense plantings shielding it from view from the street. The same low slump-block wall warps around the carport and side yard, allowing the backyard to be viewed from the adjacent side street. Hidden behind all the mature vegetation is a great long and low double A-rooflined home with wide signature Krisel board and batten siding on the east-facing façade of the home.

Living room and entry

Living room and fireplace

Inside, the floor plan is pretty typical of the Ramon Rise Krisel-designed homes (along with neighboring twins in Sunmor and Sunrise Park). Upon entering the home visitors and guests immediately walk onto the large open living and dining room, with the kitchen tucked away off of the dining area. The original modernist Krisel fireplace is still intact, with vertical stacked block accents and long and low hearth.

A sunroom-style addition has been placed on the rear of the home and is accessed through an opening where a floor-to-ceiling window would have been adjacent tot the kitchen. The sunroom addition has lower ceilings contrary in proportion to the original structure of the home, and features odd, small windows that vary in size and location. While the room faces west, the small windows definitely cut down on the amount of natural light that was intended to enter the home, and the floor plan may be much more successful if this addition is removed.

Kitchen and glimpse of sunroom addition

The kitchen appears to have been updated at some point in the late 1960s or very early 1970s, with simple flat-fronted cabinetry and navy blue laminate counter tops. While the kitchen in its own right is now vintage, it may not be a great candidate for restoration as it does not appear to embody significant architectural detail or retro appliances.


Backyard and pool

Back of home and backyard

There aren’t any photographs of the bedrooms, and the one photo of a bathroom indicates lots of wear and tear. The west-facing backyard contains a long, rectangular pool and minimal vegetation, making it an easy candidate for a modernist makeover.

This fixer is a great opportunity that definitely won’t last long at this price. We can’t wait to see what great things the new owners do to this place and look forward to the upcoming renovations.

Check out the full listing on here: 505 South Roxbury Drive

Or here: 505 South Roxbury Drive

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