Wednesday, January 6, 2016

University City Expanded and Modified Palmer & Krisel For Sale – San Diego, CA

Built in 1962 is this expanded and modified Palmer & Krisel-designed midcentury home in San Diego’s University City. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 1,596 square feet and a two-car garage on a 6,300 square foot lot with an asking price of $799,000.

Front of home
The exterior of the home has been modified over the years, namely with the removal of the original clerestory living room windows to the left of the entry, stone veneer added to the base of the home and an addition occupying the space between the front of the home and the (formerly) detached garage. The modifications to the home alter the original proportions a bit, but those with a keen eye will notice that this is the same floorplan at Monday’s featured Palmer & Krisel home in La Jolla (with a price tag of about $900,000 less).

Living room and entry

Living and dining room

Dining room

The living and dining rooms sit along the north side of the home, stretching between the front and back of the home. The living room is anchored by a traditional looking fireplace that has had its modern lines made more ‘traditional’ with the addition of stone pilasters and a thick, heavy mantle. The dining area sits adjacent to the kitchen and features floor to ceiling clerestories and windows overlooking the backyard.


Kitchen and breakfast bar

Family room and kitchen
Family room

At the center of the rear of the home are the kitchen and family room. The kitchen has been updated at some point, with newer bright blue cabinetry, counters and appliances. The refrigerator doesn’t quite fit in its designated space, along with the range and in traditional color theory blue is considered the most unappetizing color, leaving plenty of room for improvement in this space.

Master at rear of home

Master bath

Secondary bedroom

Secondary bedroom

Guest bath

Half bath at bedroom at front of home

The four bedrooms sit along the south side of the home, with the original master at the rear of the home and an added master at the front. The bathrooms have all been updated over various points over the decades, from the 1980s, 1990s to early 2000s.

Backyard and patio



The backyard is essentially a blank slate ready for a modernist makeover, with a simple concrete slab sitting off the family room. The remainder of the yard consists of a lush green lawn, a few small trees and border plantings along the rear fence.

While the home has been altered over the years from its midcentury modern roots, it’s still a great property that Redfin predicts will sell within the next 10 days.

Check out the full listing on here: 5871 Stresemann Street

Or here: 5871 Stresemann Street

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