Monday, March 28, 2016

El Camino Estates Palmer & Krisel Modified Butterfly Roof Home For Sale – Palm Springs, CA

Built in 1957 by the Alexander Construction Company is this modified Palmer & Krisel-designed butterfly-roofed home in El Camino Estates. Situated adjacent to the iconic Twin Palms Estates, this expanded home includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,171 square feet, a two-car garage and an in-ground pool all on a 10,400 square-foot lot with an asking price of $769,000.

Original elevation and floorplan
Set amid a sea of palm trees in lush green yard, the most glaring modification that this home has received is the presence of a large barrel vaulted addition located at where the center of the roof valley would have been located. The original two-car carport has been converted to a garage, the exterior of the home has received a lace stucco finish, while the entry sits recessed under the barrel-vaulted trellis where the original courtyard once stood.

Front doors and entry hall

Entry hall

Entering the home through a pair of single panel glass French doors, the barrel vaulted addition was crafted quite well and with an eye for detail, with an open beamed ceiling that mimics that found throughout the original portions of the home. Glass windows at the front and rear of the room, along with heavily planted adjacent areas, give the home a tropical, resort-like feel upon entering.

Dining and living rooms

Living and dining rooms

The original entry hall sits off to the side of the barrel vaulted entry, and leads into the original portions of the home, with rear-facing living room and front-oriented bedrooms. The living room retains much of its original charm, with Krisel’s signature modernist fireplace flanked by floor-to-ceiling walls of glass.

Kitchen and entry hall


The kitchen has been reconfigured in a U-shape, slightly more closed off to the original dining room than what would have been originally found while the former exterior wall has been opened to the barrel vaulted entry hall. Clean-lined wooden cabinetry topped with granite countertops fills the room, while glass mosaic tile backsplashes, pendant lights and stainless steel appliances finish the room.

Master bedroom 

Master bathroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Guest bath


Cabana bath

The three bedrooms are in their original configurations, with the secondary bedrooms overlooking the flush front yard with mountain views through floor-to-ceiling windows and clerestories. The master bedroom offers front-facing clerestories with large sliding glass doors accessing a private side yard patio. Both the secondary bathroom and master bathroom have been updated, with newer fixtures and finishes that are clean-lined in form. A small cabana addition sits at the rear of the garage, and provides a third bathroom and multi-purpose room with wet bar.

Patio off of master bedroom

Back of home 

Back of home 

Pool and back yard

Pool and back of home 

The backyard maintains its original rectangular 15’ x 30’ swimming pool, with desert plantings surrounding the rear of the home. Small sundecks sit at either end of the pool, while tall privacy hedges and mature plantings line the perimeters of the yard.

This home presents an interesting opportunity to restore the original form which makes this Krisel elevation so special, or enjoy the uniqueness of the barrel vaulted room and enjoy it from the inside out. Either way, it’s a great home that offers a slice of paradise in a quiet Palm Springs neighborhood.  
Check out the full listing on here: 1986 South Yucca Place

Or here: 1986 South Yucca Place

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