Friday, December 11, 2015

Westridge Park 1959 Palmer & Krisel-designed Home For Sale – Winnetka, CA

Built by George Heltzer in 1959 is this 1,383 square-foot Palmer & Krisel-designed midcentury modern home in Winnetka, CA. The property includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a two car detached garage and an in-ground pool all on a 7,400 square-foot lot with an asking price of $498,000.

Front entry

The home sits on a corner lot and generally faces south. With a lush green lawn and mature shrubbery, the property maintains a green appearance while being devoid of any shade trees, with the exception of one lone palm at the rear corner of the backyard. The garage is located at the rear of the property and accessed from the corner side of the lot, keeping the front yard free of driveway space. The front of the home is rather unassuming and modest, with the exception of a full-height decorative screen block wall obscuring the guest bath and secondary bedroom windows.


The master bedroom and bath, dining room (original breakfast nook), guest bath and secondary bedroom all sit at the front of the home, while the living room (along with original dining room), kitchen, laundry and secondary bedroom sit at the rear of the home. The entry hall has had a hole cut in the wall, allowing for visibility into the former breakfast nook, currently used as the dining room.  The hole gives visitors and guest an unobstructed view into the kitchen and dining room, eliminating privacy from visitors.

Living room

Living room

The living room is anchored by its original signature Krisel modernist fireplace, whose surround has been unceremoniously covered in floor tile. The original form remains intact, and the original clerestories flanking the chimneys remain. The original dining room was once part of the living room, and still features a ceiling fan over the center, but is now located in the area originally designated as the breakfast nook.

Dining room as seen from entry

Dining and kitchen



The kitchen has been updated with a very traditional and heavy style of cabinetry, with raised panel doors and thick crown molding. Granite counters, black wrought iron door pulls, ornate light fixtures and stainless steel appliances complete the traditional appearance of the kitchen. The kitchen ceiling has been lowered for an unknown reason, leaving it one of the only rooms in the house with a flat ceiling.

Master bedroom and partial view of bath

Guest bath

Guest bath with original Italian glass tile surround

Secondary bedroom

Secondary bedroom

The master bedroom is split from the secondary bedrooms, located between the living room and entry hall. With vaulted ceilings, the master overlooks the front yard and appears to retain the original bathroom. The secondary bedrooms sit on the east end of the home and feature their original vaulted ceilings and windows on two walls allowing for lots of natural light to flow in. The guest bathroom features the original marble floating vanity with pink American Standard Pullmans, and the original Italian glass tiled shower surround sitting above the pink bathtub.

Pool & bakcyard

Pool and backyard

Backyard deck

Most of the backyard is occupied by the swimming pool and detached garage, with a small raised deck sitting between the pool and home. A small patch of green lawn sits off to the side of the pool allowing for a small patch of greenery in the otherwise hardscaped yard.

This home has had some traditional elements placed upon it making it read a little less contemporary than originally intended, but luckily it’s got great bones and original bathrooms which still read midcentury. It’d be a great restoration/renovation project, and it wouldn’t take much to make this one shine.

Check out the full listing on here: 20701 Arminta Street

Or here: 20701 Arminta Street

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