Built in 1953 by the Devon Construction Company is this
early midcentury Palmer & Krisel-designed home in West Covina, California.
This small property packs four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,012 square feet
and includes a detached two-car garage and an in-ground pool on a 7,000 square-foot
lot with an asking price of $429,900.
Parkwood Covina is an interesting look back at Palmer Krisel’s
early work, sharing design similarities with nearby Bartley Grove Estates in Whittier.
The window placement and shapes are one of the most noticeable differences
between these and later Palmer & Krisel homes, with Parkwood Covina and
Barley Grove featuring more smaller, squared windows that are placed in the
center of rooms and walls as opposed to the clustering or floor-to-ceiling styles
seen in later homes.
|Living room and entry|
|Living room |
This property is laid out length-wise on its lot, with the
bedrooms at the front of the home and living and dining at the rear. The
exterior of the property features a large shade tree, gassy lawn and generous driveway.
The front door sits off the street toward the middle side of the home, and
enters into the living room area. The living room is anchored by a full-wall
stone veneered fireplace and features its original open-beamed ceilings adding height
and volume to the space.
|Dining room |
|Pantry and kitchen |
Like any 1,000 square-foot home this property shows a bit cluttered
as the current owners appear to have outgrown the property. The two car garage has
been converted to a man-cave, and the galley-kitchen leaves little room for
storage. The kitchen features updated yet well-worn raised-panel cabinetry and
black appliances, and could probably use another update and reconfiguration
with space-saving cabinetry.
|Master bedroom |
|Master bathroom - we like the iron storage|
The four bedrooms are all diminutive in size, and the
bedrooms at the front of the home feature their original north-facing glass clerestories
which help let additional light into the rooms. Both bathrooms have been
updated with traditional fixtures and finishes that are functional but not in
keeping with the midcentury modernist roots of the home.
|Sunroom addition at rear of home|
The pool occupies most of the backyard, along with a storage
shed. An enclosed porch has been tacked onto the back of the home which appears
to have been annexed as usable living space that may suffer from lack of
Overall this is an efficient little home that with a few
small tweaks could be a great modernist showplace.
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