Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Updated North Long Beach Palmer & Krisel For Sale – Long Beach, CA

Relatively new to the market is this north Long Beach, CA Palmer & Krisel-designed home built in 1955. Recently the recipient of a renovation, this midcentury home includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,200 square feet, a two-car garage and an in-ground pool all on a 6,000 square-foot lot with an asking price of $447,000.

Front of home

Recently the recipient of a major cleanup and renovation, the front of this home features a grassy south-facing front yard with a pair of mature trees providing shade and passive cooling to the home. The service porch between the formerly detached two-car garage has been enclosed, and the square footage of the home still reads as the original 1,200 feet, indicating that this addition was not installed with building permits.

Living room

Living room 

Living room and former fourth bedroom 

The home was originally built as a four bedroom home with a floor plan similar to what we’ve seen in Valwood Estates, however over time the demising wall between the living room and rear middle bedroom has been removed, to create a larger living room space. The signature Krisel stacked-brick modernist fireplace has unfortunately been drywalled and tiled over, with an overly ornate mantle added to erase any vestige of modernism once found here. Hopefully the bricks underneath are still in decent condition and can one day be restored.


Kitchen as viewed from living room 

Kitchen and door to garage



The original kitchen has been relocated to the former outdoor space that was once the service porch, now enclosed with a flat ceiling. The kitchen is en-trend, with mosaic tile backsplashes, white shaker cabinets, sleek door pulls, composite counters and stainless steel appliances. The addition now provides direct access to the garage, which is an added convenience to homeowners.

Rear bedroom 

Front guest bathroom 

Front corner bedroom 

Rear guest bathroom 

Middle front bedroom 

The three remaining bedrooms are all diminutive in size, one of the drawbacks in this model that often leads to rooms being combined with one another. Both bathrooms have been updated in a style similar to the kitchen, with composite counters, shaker counters and mosaic tile accents.


Diving pool and backyard

The backyard holds a small diving pool and some aging concrete pads that appear to have drainage issues. The rest of the north-facing backyard is a blank slate, ready for a water-conserving makeover.

While this home has been fully remodeled and much of the original detail has been removed, it’s a great opportunity to own a move-in ready Palmer & Krisel without having to do much – except for permitting that addition, fixing the drainage issues out back and finishing the backyard landscape – but still, Redfin predicts it’ll be a hot seller and not last long.

Check out the full listing on here: 3401 East Curry Street

Or here: 3401 East Curry Street

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