Sunday, January 31, 2016

Twin Palms Estates Butterfly Roofed Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale – Palm Springs, CA

Located in iconic Twin Palms Estates is this 1957 Palmer & Krisel-designed butterfly roofed home built by the Alexander Construction Company. Featuring an in-ground pool, this expanded home includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 2,200 square feet on a 10,800 square-foot lot with an asking price of $730,000.

Located at the end of the Navajo Circle cul-de-sac, this home has most obviously been modified with the addition of a raised entryway and carport converted to a two-car garage. The front yard is classic Palm Springs, with a lush, green lawn accented with cacti, agave, palms and decorative boulders. Most of the basic original form of the home is still there, with the modifications consisting of enclosing the entry breezeway between the original carport and home, and the placement of two rooms on the back of the now-enclosed carport.

Entry hall

The added double front doors open into the added large entry hall, with raised ceilings and rear-facing sliding glass doors overlooking the backyard. The original front door opening sits just off the entry hall, and leads into the former entryway into the home. The original 1,600 square-foot portion of the home features the kitchen, dining and living at the rear of the home overlooking the backyard, while the bedrooms are all at the front of the property.

Living room 

The living room is anchored by the original modernist fireplace, flanked by stacked block, clerestory windows and sliding glass doors overlooking the backyard. The interior of the home has been renovated with a southwestern theme, with Saltillo tile throughout. The original open beamed ceilings are still intact throughout the home, as are the clerestory windows.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen has been renovated with a nod to the southwestern theme, with knotty cabinetry, neutral tile countertops and backsplashes, and a mix of black and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen has been opened to the dining and living rooms, with a large central island dividing the two rooms.

Master bedroom
Master bathroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Secondary bedroom
Guest bath

Addition at rear of garage 

Addition at rear of garage

The three bedrooms are all in their original configurations, with the two guest rooms overlooking the front of the property. The master bedroom sits at the front corner of the home, and overlooks the side yard through a large sliding glass door. Both bathrooms have been updated with traditional, ornate fixtures and tilework that are functional, but not necessarily in keeping with the midcentury modern roots of the home. Two additional rooms are accessed off the garage, which are currently being utilized as music studios.

Views from backyard

Trellised patio and pool 

Pool and back of home

The backyard offers sweeping views of Mt. San Jacinto along with lots of nearby palms. The original 15’ x 30’ Alexander swimming pool sits right off the kitchen and dining room, flanked by a large concrete patio and a lush green lawn. A small trellised covering befitting the home sits above the dining room, following the butterfly roofline. 

This is a great opportunity to acquire what is currently the lowest-priced property for sale in Twin Palms Estates. The home is move-in ready, and can be enjoyed as-is or restored back to its original modernist form.

Check out the full listing on here: 1829 Navajo Circle

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Sandpiper Palm Desert 1963 Palmer & Krisel-Designed Condominium For Sale – Palm Desert, CA

Sandpiper Palm Desert has recently received a handful of new real estate listings, including this nicely maintained three bedrooms, three bathroom unit. With 1,897 square feet, a private courtyard and a dedicated, enclosed single-car garage parking space the asking price of this unit is $398,000 with monthly HOA dues of $495.

Living room and entry

Living room 

Living room and kitchen beyond

The exterior of the unit features classic mid-century modern lines, with flat roof, sharply creased eaves, clerestory windows and scored concrete block. A pair of yellow double entry doors lead into the living room. With high, flat ceilings and clerestory windows, the living room is generous in size and features signature walls of glass overlooking the common area and back patio.

Dining room 

Dining room and kitchen 



The dining room and kitchen sit tucked away off of the living room. The dining room features large floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the private internal courtyard and is open to the kitchen. The kitchen features original cabinetry still intact with updated tile counter tops and white appliances.

Master bedroom 

Master bedroom 

Master dressing area and vanity

Master bath

Guest bath

The unit features two master bedrooms, one overlooking the internal courtyard and one overlooking the Sandpiper common area. The master bedroom overlooking the internal courtyard is generous in size, with large sliding glass doors bathing the room in natural light and walls of closet space. The adjacent bathroom features a private vanity and dressing area, along with original built-ins and cabinetry.

Secondary Master bedroom 

Secondary guest bedroom
The secondary master overlooking the common area is more modest in size, and features large corner windows offering sweeping green views and high, voluminous ceilings. The secondary guest bedroom is currently used as an office, and overlooks the internal courtyard through large sliding glass doors.

Private courtyard
Private courtyard

Unit viewed from common area

Common area patio

The internal courtyard offers a private retreat, with plenty of room for a full set of patio furniture. The space includes planters surrounding the perimeter of the space and exposed aggregate floors. The living room features a second patio area, overlooking the Sandpiper common area, with additional patio space for entertaining.

This unit is pretty solid with great lines, generous room proportions and great architecture – it’s a beautiful home that’s definitely worth checking out.

Check out the full listing on here: 72803 El Paseo #809

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Paradise Palms 1963 Palmer & Krisel Golf Course Home Meets the 1990s – Las Vegas, NV

Built in 1963 is this expanded Palmer & Krisel-designed home on the 10th tee box of the Las Vegas National Golf Club in Paradise Palms. With 1,870 square feet, this tri-level cul-de-sac home features three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-car garage all on a 10,800 square-foot lot with an asking price of $184,900.

Original rendering of home

Front entry

Front of home

The home has had significant alterations inside and out that took place in the early to mid-1990s that removed much of the original midcentury modernist aesthetics of the property. Outside, the front yard could use a little attention, with bare ground and deciduous plantings making up most of the landscape. A tall, white iron fence encloses the front yard and separates the home from the street. Chunky lace stucco and window pop-outs were added to the exterior of the home, replacing what would have originally been a smoother sand finish.

Living room 

Family room addition

Inside, the living room sits just off the entry. The signature Krisel modernist floating-wall fireplace has been made more traditional, with a bench hearth added and tile surround replacing original mosaics. A small family room has been added adjacent to the living room, sited on the south side of the home, and kitchen has been expanded into the back yard, incorporating a bay window breakfast nook overlooking the golf course.

Breakfast nook at rear of home



Kitchen and nook

The kitchen cabinetry was updated at the same time the house last saw a renovation, and features oak raised-panel cabinetry, older black appliances and composite counters. While the kitchen isn’t current, it is clean and functional and can be utilized as-is or updated in time.

Master bedroom 

Balcony off master bedroom 

The three bedrooms are upstairs, with the expanded master at the rear of the home overlooking the golf course. The master bedroom expansion includes a private rear east-facing balcony. The remaining two bedrooms are at the front of the home, and along with the baths, aren’t shown.

Back of home
Backyard golf course views

Covered patio off of breakfast nook

The backyard contains a small covered patio off the kitchen that was added at the same time as the other renovations to the home were made. The yard has been carpeted in artificial grass, and provides sweeping eastern golf course views.

While the home has been taken away from its modernist roots, it’s got great lines and great bones under those pop-outs, and can be enjoyed as-is or given a modern makeover.

Check out the full listing on here: 3326 Zuni Circle

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