Friday, January 15, 2016

Small & Efficient Parkwood Covina Palmer & Krisel-Designed Home For Sale – West Covina, CA

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.

Front Entry

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.

Secondary bedroom
Secondary bedroom

Guest bath
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 building permits.

Overall this is an efficient little home that with a few small tweaks could be a great modernist showplace.

Check out the full listing on here: 1514 East Holly Oak Drive

Or here: 1514 East Holly Oak Drive

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