Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Modern Gables Palmer & Krisel Restoration Opportunity – Van Nuys, CA

Sitting on the only corner lot that was part of the Modern Gables development in Van Nuys, CA is this 1954 Palmer & Krisel-designed restoration opportunity. Built by Murray Strauss, this home sits approximately 300 feet west of the core grouping of 18 homes which make up Modern Gables. It’s a foreclosure with tremendous restoration opportunity, featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,853 square feet of living space and an in-ground pool all on a 6,300 square-foot lot with an asking price of $404,250.

This home holds tremendous potential but also needs a tremendous amount of work. There’s been additions to the property – the original two-car detached garage has been converted to living space, adding approximately 550 square feet onto an original 1,333 square-foot home. A lean-to type storage structure has been added on the east side of the home, placed right on the property line, while a flat-roofed open carport has been added to the front of the garage.

Front of home, converted garage and added carport
The exterior of the home is clad in a combination of original clapboard siding and stucco. Clapboard was seldom used by Palmer & Krisel as an accent material, which usually was board an batten; however three identical models in the development conform this as an original treatment. On the outside of the former detached garage, the original clerestory windows are still intact on the north side of the building, hidden by a flat ceiling inside the permitted addition. The front yard ready for a sleek modernist water-conserving makeover, and already features a beautiful specimen cactus against the north side of the former garage building.

Living and dining room

Dining and living room

Inside, the living and dining rooms sit at the back of the home overlooking the south-facing yard and pool. The living room is anchored by Krisel’s signature modernist fireplace, flanked by mullioned windows and French doors which replaced what would have originally been a pair of floor-to-ceiling windows and a sliding glass door. The original open-beamed Celotex ceilings are still in place adding height and volume to the room, while Krisel’s hallmark soffit with light sits above the room.

Breakfast nook and kitchen - check out that wall fixture, floating cabinet with glass doors and red tile counters!

Original kitchen - note sliding cabinet doors, linoleum flooring and vintage wallpaper

Breakfast nook - note second vintage spotlight on wall

Pantry and service porch

The kitchen is in near-original state, with original cabinetry, bright red tile countertops, vintage wallpaper and retro linoleum floors. The cabinets feature original sliding doors, and a floating handing display cabinet features multi-color crinkle glass – green on one side, blue on the other. Other fun features include vintage spot lights in the adjacent nook and original sliding cabinet doors.

Converted garage features lots of paneling

More paneling in converted garage - please someone make this a garage again
Master bedroom
Master bedroom

Original master shower - gross, but vintage-y neat

Master bathroom

Guest bath - check out the mint green tub, original medicine cabinet, wall heater and light fixture

Secondary bedroom

Secondary bedroom

The converted garage at the front of the home is a maze of wood-paneled rooms, and would suffer far less if it were converted back to automobile housing as originally intended. The secondary bedrooms sit at the rear of the home, while the master is positioned at the front. The guest bath features a nifty original mint green tub, vintage lighting, a built-in wall heater and the original Krisel medicine cabinet, while the master bath feature its original yellow-tiled stall shower, vintage bar light fixture and built-in wall heater.

Backyard and pool

Pool and covered patio

Lean-to storage room addition on east side of home

The backyard faces south and centers around the in-ground pool. A trellised patio cover sits off the dining and living room, and narrow planting strips line the sides of this entertaining space.

There’s something about a Krisel fixer like this that we love. There’s tremendous opportunity here along with some workable vintage features including an original kitchen that could really stand out if properly salvaged and restored. There’s a lot of work here, but for those with a little creativity who want a fun challenge, this is a perfect project.

Check out the full listing on here: 14300 Runnymede Street

Or here: 14300 Runnymede Street

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