Friday, March 4, 2016

1956 Southeast Granada Hills Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale – Granada Hills, CA

In a newly discovered small tract of Palmer & Krisel-designed homes in southeastern Granada Hills, CA in the San Fernando Valley sits this 1956 midcentury modern home new to the market. Expanded to five bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,012 square feet, this home includes an alley-loaded detached two-car garage on a 7,100 square-foot lot with an asking price of $539,000.

Service porch at front of home

The front of the home has been stuccoed over at some point in a chunky lace stucco finish, while the original aluminum-framed windows have been swapped out for mullioned white vinyl replacements. The front yard is sprawling and grassy, uninterrupted by a driveway thanks to the rear-loaded garage. The original service porch has been walled in with a solid block wall, and a trellised patio cover adds shade to the north-facing porch.

Inside, the floor plan is identical to others that we have seen throughout the San Fernando Valley, including Corbin Palms and Bermuda Woods. The family room/dining room sits just off the entry, while the kitchen sits along the east side of the home with the living room and small original dining room at the rear of the home, while all the bedrooms lie at the western half of the home.

Family/dining room and kitchen at front of home

Family/dining room at front of home
Family/dining room and kitchen 

Living room and entry hall

Living room and fireplace

Living room and rear addition

The entry is paneled in late seventies diagonal paneling – definitely a vintage southern California look. The entry is open to the adjacent family room/dining room, which in turn opens to the kitchen with an open breakfast bar. The living room sits at the back of the home, and is anchored with a signature Krisel modernist fireplace with stacked block. The living room would have originally overlooked the backyard through large floor-to-ceiling windows; however a long-standing rear yard addition sits where the rear-facing windows would have been.

Living room and dining room with original clerestories



Addition at rear of home

The original clerestory windows above the original dining room and kitchen still stand, allowing for natural light to still enter the home. The kitchen has been updated at some point, most likely in the early 1990s, and features raised panel oak cabinetry, tile countertops and a full combination of black, white and stainless steel appliances. Access to the service porch sits at the end of the kitchen, along with a set of built-in glass display cabinets open to the family room. The rear addition adds in an additional bedroom and den/family room with skylights and sliding glass doors leading to the backyard and garage.

Master bedroom 

Master bedroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Guest bath

Bathroom at rear addition

The original master bedroom sits at the front corner of the home, and maintains its original west-facing clerestory windows and three-quarters bath. The guest bath has been traditionally renovated, with raised panel cabinetry and a mix of beige tiles and natural stone.  The original secondary bedrooms sit at the rear of the home, and still maintain their open-beamed vaulted ceilings.

Back of home and garage

Backyard and garage

Back of home

The backyard is fairly efficient in size, with the rear addition and detached garage occupying most of the yard space. A small concrete slab hugs the rear of the home and side of the garage, and a small patch of grass with two large shade trees occupies the southwest corner of the yard.

There’s lots of potential to enjoy this home as is, restore, or give a modernist makeover. These homes always have great bones, logical layouts and lots of great natural light that make fantastic architectural showpieces when restored back to their modernist roots.

Check out the full listing on here: 15826 Septo Street

Or here: 15826 Septo Street

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