Built in 1957 is this Palmer & Krisel-designed home in
the neighborhood of Cabrillo Village in northern San Diego, CA. Just discovering this neighborhood the other day, the homes all appear to be small, approximate
1,100 square foot three bedroom homes consisting of two alternating floor plans
with varied elevations. The floor plans appear to be three-bedroom hybrid
versions of plans found in Pomona’s Valwood Estates (and elsewhere in other
Krisel-designed communities) with many design traits indicating that these
homes were aimed at affordability and entry-level buyers.
The homes appear to have no real ceiling insulation, similar
to some of the Krisel homes we’ve seen in Garden Grove and West Covina, as
evidenced by the thin fascias. Open beamed vaulted ceilings are found on the
interiors of these homes, and many still feature a signature modernist Krisel
fireplace. Some include signature four-pane floor to ceiling windows, while
other feature front windows that begin at the 2/3 or ¾ proportion of the front
|Front of home - hey how about that Tuscan front door?|
One feature lacking within this community is the presence of
clerestory windows, which potentially may have been a cost-cutting measure at
the time of original construction. Most likely these homes were built by Lealand
Builders and the Drogin Construction Company, and mark one of the handful of San Diego
Palmer & Krisel communities I’ve been searching for quite some time - there's still a couple of others out there the I'm hunting for - now if I could only find Martin Manor and Terra Terrace...
|Living room in enclosed breezeway|
|Living room in enclosed breezeway - original front door was opening to the left of the room|
This particular home is an expanded flip, and features three
bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,684 square feet on a 6,500 square-foot lot with
an asking price of $559,900. The breezeway between the carport and main home
has long been enclosed, and on this home is currently being utilized as a
living room. The original living area sits at the back of the home, and
overlooks the backyard. Unfortunately the signature modernist fireplace on this
home has been ‘normalized’ with a low-profile travertine hearth and surround.
|Kitchen at rear of home|
|Kitcehn and original living/dining room|
|Original living/dining room at rear of home|
The demising wall between the kitchen and living room has
been removed, a common move found in this home’s Valwood Estates doppelganger
and a hallmark of flippers pushing ‘open concept’ living. The kitchen features dark,
dark shaker-style cabinets with cartoonishly ornate upper molding, composite counters
and stainless steel appliances.
|Master bedroom |
|Master bedroom and bath|
|Master bathroom |
The master bedroom sits at the front of the home, and the adjacent
master bath features cabinetry and counters which match the kitchen, oil-rubbed
bronze hardware popularized last decade, and floor tile on the tub surround.
The guest bedrooms sit on the side of the west side of the home and overlook
the side yard, and the guest bath has been given an identical treatment as the
|Back of home and back yard |
|Backyard & pergola - check out that specimen cacti!|
|Back of home and rear patio|
The backyard has been fully covered in new turf, and a large
concrete patio with built-in barbeque sits off the living room and kitchen
area. Shrubs and a specimen cacti line the well-worn and ageing wooden fence,
and a small pergola covers a miniscule portion of the patio.
Despite all of the flipper hallmarks, right down to the
beige paint and white-trimmed baseboards, Redfin predicts this midcentury home
will sell fast, so be sure to check this one out while it’s still available.
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