Friday, January 22, 2016

Midland Meadows Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale – Fullerton, CA

Built in 1955 by Midland Properties is this Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Fullerton, California. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,340 square feet, a two car garage all sited on a 6,900 square-foot lot the asking price on this midcentury home is $515,000.

Front of home

Entry and service porch
This particular midcentury home has some great modernist bones that received a makeover at some point in the 1980s. The exterior of the home has had its body covered in clapboard siding. Windows have been added to the detached garage, a cottagey-garage door has been placed on the garage, and the original windows have been modified with cottage-style replacements.


Dining room at front of home

Dining room and entrty

Inside, the living room sits at the rear of the home, while the kitchen and dining room sit at the front. The dining room is open to the entry, which is open to the kitchen beyond. A running-bond block divider separates the dining area from the living area, topped with an open soffit. The original vaulted open-beamed celotex ceiling are still in place throughout the home, with the exception of the kitchen whose ceilings have been lowered.

Living room 

Living room 

Original dining area - note interesting clerestory retrofit

The living room is anchored by a signature modernist stacked block fireplace flanked by windows overlooking the backyard. A linear oak mantle was added at some point over the years, but unfortunately visually cuts the fireplace in half. The original floor-to-ceiling windows have been shortened and sidelights have been added to the former sliding glass doors.

Throughout the entire home the original clerestory windows have been removed and replaced with fan-light style windows, and in the case of the kitchen, the ceiling lowered and the windows covered. This significantly cuts down on the amount of natural light entering the home, but these changes were made long ago and can always be undone.



The kitchen is long an linear, receiving it’s makeover when the home was remodeled in the 1980s. All appliances and cabinetry appear to be in clean, livable condition. The laundry room sits at the front of the kitchen, and provides quick access to the detached garage.

Master bedroom

Master bathroom
Guest bath

Secondary bedroom 

Secondary bedroom 

The bedrooms all feature the same funky clerestory replacement window retrofitting, and the master sits at the front of the home while the secondary bedrooms sit at the rear. The bathrooms have both been renovated in the 1980s, but like the kitchen are clean and functional. Interestingly, the guest bath retains it's original pink American Standard sink and bathtub. 

Overall backyard

Patio off of living room 

Rear patio 

The north-facing backyard includes a trellised patio just off the living room, a small grassy lawn and planters surrounding the perimeter of the yard.  There’s plenty of space to enjoy as-is or create a more water-conserving makeover.

While the 1980s renovation takes away some of the modernist character of the home, the property appears to be in great condition and could make a great candidate for restoration.

Check out the full listing on here: 525 West Baker Avenue

Or here: 525 West Baker Avenue

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