Built in 1955 in east Garden Grove,
CA is this Palmer & Krisel-designed home ready for a new owner. A diamond
in the rough, this home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,274
square feet, sits on a 7,200 square –foot lot and carries an asking price of
|Front of home and garage|
This north-facing home features a
large, mature jacaranda tree as the centerpiece of the front yard. The tree
sits over a patch front lawn, with a pair of scraggly shrubs planted at the
base of the detached two-car garage. The garage maintains its original board
and batten siding, while the main structure is covered in stucco and still
features its original windows.
Inside, the home is actually a near-identical floorplan to yesterday’s featured 1953 Palmer & Krisel home in Winnetka, with the living and dining rooms at the rear of the home, all three bedrooms sited on the west side of the home, and the kitchen lying along the east side of the home.
|Living room |
|Living and dining|
The entry is floored in vintage terrazzo
tiles, while the front door has a pretty sweet square escutcheon surrounding
the entry knob. Pretty much all the carpeting in this home is a goner, but
hopefully new buyers will see beyond that. The living room is anchored by a
stacked stone fireplace, which is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows overlooking
the backyard. The original clerestory
windows are still on the side of the home, allowing for natural light to flow
freely into the dining room and kitchen.
The kitchen is a near
time-capsule, albeit a very worn one, with original cabinetry, pulls and a
really neat square vent hood over the range. The appliances appear to have been
updated over time, as have the tile countertops, which are crumbling away.
|Guest bath |
The three bedrooms are just as
worn as the rest of the home, in need of some attention and TLC, but at least maintain
their original window configurations and clerestory windows on the end
bedrooms. One of the bathrooms has been updated, but needs another go-around,
while the bathroom on the west end of the home still has its vintage pink wall
mounted sink and pink tub, which hopefully can be salvaged.
|Covered patio and backyard|
|Covered patio and rounded chimney|
The south-facing backyard is just
a blank slate as the front yard, and features a large covered patio along the
rear of the home. The Garden Grove Palmer & Krisel homes interestingly
featured rounded chimneys, a rare feature that was only seen in a handful of
subdivisions, and this home’s rounded chimney can be seen poking through the
covered patio. The yard backs up to the play fields and blacktop of adjacent Woodbury
Elementary School, good for those who don’t like neighbors, bad for those who work
For those with a lot of vision
who aren’t afraid of a little work, this home offers an excellent opportunity
for those looking to take on a renovation.