Wednesday, March 2, 2016

1955 Long & Linear Buena Park Palmer & Krisel For Sale – Buena Park, CA

Built in 1955 in Buena Park is this long and linear midcentury modern Palmer & Krisel-designed home new to the market. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,263 square feet and an original two-car garage all on a 6,500 square-foot lot, the asking price on this home is $519,900.

Front of home
The home sits on a small frontage road, separated from the six-lane, 45-mile-per-hour Valley View Street with a waist-high row of shrubbery. The exterior of the home maintains its strong midcentury lines, with the gable end of the home oriented towards the street and the two-car garage set back towards the rear of the home with a reverse-angle roofline. This configuration allows for a long driveway able to accommodate multiple vehicles and places the front at the center of the north side of the home. From street view, all the original clerestory windows are in place, and topiary plantings add a fun midcentury touch to the home.

The bedrooms of this home sit at the front of the property while the living, kitchen and dining room sit towards the rear. Unfortunately the original windows of this home have been swapped out for mullioned white vinyl replacements, many of which eliminated the original floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home. The mullions also add division where the language of midcentury modern was to blur the line between the indoors and out. 

Living Room

Living room as seen from kitchen
The living room and dining room would have originally featured a full wall of glass overlooking the back yard, which has now seen the windows shortened in height, and the full size sliders have been replaced with much smaller doors which no longer align with the clerestory windows above them. The original stacked brick modernist fireplace has been recently covered over in dark floor tiles, and a traditional ornate mantle has been added. With any luck the original brick underneath is in salvageable condition.


Kitchen, island and side of fridge

The kitchen has been opened to the living room, separated by a large granite-topped islands highlighted by pendant lights. The side of the fridge is completely exposed to the living room and entry, serving as a good reminder to consider appliance placement when walls are removed in an attempt to open up rooms. Stainless steel appliances surrounded by white-painted cabinetry and ceramic tile floors round out the rest of the room.

Master bedroom 

Master bedroom 

Master bathroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Guest bathroom 

The master bedroom sits at the front of the home, adjacent to the driveway side of the property, while the secondary bedrooms sit on the south side of the home across from the master. Both bathrooms have been updated, while the master bath still maintains its original stall shower, bathroom vanity and white American Standard sink, surrounded by replacement granite.

Rear of home 

Backyard and back of home

The backyard is a blank slate, ready for a water-conserving modernist makeover. A simple uncovered concrete slab runs along the backside of the home, and turf lies between the slab and rear wall. The only shade provided to the west-facing rear yard is that from neighboring trees, the remainder of the yard is devoid of trees and shade.

This midcentury Buena Park Palmer & Krisel has great lines, great bones and is filled with unlimited potential for those looking for a great renovation project.

Check out the full listing on here: 8675 Valley View Street

Or here: 8675 Valley View Street

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