The Krisel Connection is dedicated to showcasing and discussing the works of modernist architect William Krisel. Architect to tens of thousands of tract homes, custom residences and numerous commercial buildings, Krisel’s distinct style and cutting-edge design helped set the tone for modern architecture in America during the mid-century.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Palmer & Krisel Storybook Village Major Fixer For Sale – North Hills, CA
Situated near the end of a 13-home cul-de-sac is this 1956
Palmer & Krisel-designed home in the San Fernando Valley Community of North
Hills, CA. Built by A. Sandler and D. Aldler Enterprises, this home is in need
of major repair. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,344 square feet, an
empty in-ground pool and a detached two-car garage on an 8,400 square-foot lot
with an asking price of $460,000.
The property is currently a short sale subject to bankruptcy
court and lender approval, so those with a little patience and a lot of cash
would be the ideal buyer of this property. There’s only seven photos of this
home provided, and by the looks of the photos, lots of elbow grease and vision
From the interior photos shown, the open beamed vaulted
ceilings appear to still be in place. The kitchen is in need of an overhaul,
last updated in the late 1980s with tile counter tops and raised-panel cabinetry.
Any appliances appear to be long gone.
Bedroom has some damage
The laundry room appears to have suffered a major leak, with
water damage tearing aprart the interior walls and warped, split wood flooring
in a secondary bedroom. The bathroom isn’t original, and is pretty much a
cesspool of filth, with who knows what on the walls and fixtures. A total
gutting would be pretty understandable.
The yard photos indicate some really beautiful, specimen
cacti, agaves and yuccas, with lots of overgrown vegetation in between. The
pool is empty, and may need replastering. The yard also appears to contain lots
of debris and garbage, which is a pretty good indicator that the inside of the
home most likely contained the same.
There’s a lot of vision and a lot of elbow grease needed
with this property, and hopefully the midcentury modern details of the property
won’t be lost in the renovation.