Tuesday, March 29, 2016

College Glen Estates Palmer & Krisel Renovation Opportunity – San Diego, CA

New to the market is this 1960 Palmer & Krisel-designed home built by the Drogin Construction Company in San Diego’s College Glen Estates. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,153 square feet and a two car garage on a 6,400 square foot lot, the asking price on this home is an attractive $475,000.

Front of home 


Home pre-flip, c. 2011

Once the victim of a flip in 2012, the home has seen its original clerestories stuccoed over, received a Victorian oval-windowed front door, and had its signature Krisel floor to ceiling front window cut in half. At one point before the 2012 flip the flat-roofed garage had a pitch, different from that found on the main structure of the home, added to it. The pitch survived the flip, and like the clerestory windows, was stuccoed over. The south-facing front yard is treeless, consisting mainly of a patch plot of turf, ready for a modernist water-conserving makeover.

Living and dining room 

Inside, the living and dining rooms sit at the rear of the home, while the three bedroom line the west side of the residence. The original open beamed vaulted ceilings are still in place throughout the home, and the floors have been covered in wood laminate.

Living room and kitchen

Living room 

Living room

Dining Room and kitchen 

Kitchen and entry hall beyond

Kitchen and dining room 

The living room overlooks the backyard through a large sliding glass door and nearly full-height windows, and is open to the adjacent dining room which sits at the northeast corner of the home. The galley kitchen lies between the dining room and entry hall, and is open to the dining area. The kitchen appears to have received it’s makeover during the 2012 flip, with raised panel cabinetry, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and elaborate crown molding.

Master bedroom 

Master bedroom 

Master bathroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Guest bath

The master bedroom sits at the rear of the home, with a pair of small windows overlooking the backyard. The master bath received its updates in 2012, with a granite topped raised panel vanity and travertine and glass mosaic shower surround. The secondary bedrooms lie at the side and front of the home, and the guest bath has received a makeover identical to that of the master bath.

Backyard patio 

Backyard and back of home


The backyard backs up to a hillside, but retains a flat concrete patio off of the living room and a flat turf area surrounding the rear of the property. Mature native plantings line the hillside, giving it character and greenery.

The price is appealing for this community, and hopefully the new owner will move to put some of the modern back into this midcentury modern home.

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