Saturday, March 5, 2016

Traditionally Renovated 1960 Palmer & Krisel Home in Racquet Club Road Estates – Palm Springs, CA

Built in 1960 by the Alexander Construction Company in Palm Springs, CA is this expanded midcentury Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Racquet Club Road Estates. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,663 square feet, an in-ground pool and a two-car garage all on a 10,400 square-foot lot, this home carries an asking price of $669,000.

Recently undergoing some upgrades, this south-facing home features a red-gravel yard augmented with colorful bougainvillea shrubs climbing up the front of the home and random plantings of cacti and agave. The original two-car carport has long been converted to a two-car garage, and the original courtyard between the carport and home has been claimed for additional living space.

The front door is traditional Mediterranean-style, complete with a wrought iron peephole grate and has recently been painted a soft teal color. The entry hall sits adjacent to the kitchen, separated by a ¾ height demising wall, and leads into the large and open kitchen and family room. The original open-beamed vaulted ceilings throughout the home are still in place, and the living areas are tiled in traditional reddish-beige ceramic tiles.



The kitchen sits at the front of the home, and has been updated with low-profile cabinetry, traditional granite countertops, and colored Viking appliances mixed with a stainless steel dishwasher and microwave. The kitchen is opened to the living and dining rooms and adjacent addition, with a large over-scaled vent hood the only demising feature between the two rooms.

Living room 

Family room addition

Family room and kitchen 

Family room addition, kitchen and living room 

The living room fireplace has received a traditional makeover replacing the original modernist form, with a heavy stone surround and added mantle. A small sliding glass door leads out to the backyard and pool, and the original windows which once overlooked the side courtyard now leads into the family room addition. The addition incorporates south-facing clerestory windows, built-in shelving and a large sliding glass door leading to the backyard.

Master bedroom 

Master bedroom 

Master bathroom 

Guest bathroom 

The bedrooms all sit along the east side of the home, with the secondary bedrooms overlooking the side yard. The master bedroom has been expanded slightly and overlooks the backyard and pool. Both bathrooms have been renovated with traditional materials and tilework. The guest bathroom maintains its original sunken bathtub surrounded in traditional tilework.

Back of home and pool 

Pool and back yard 

Pool and spa

Pool & back yard

The north-facing backyard contains a large in-ground pool with spa at the center of the yard. A large uncovered patio surrounds the pool, allowing for lots of flexible space for entertaining. Tall privacy shrubs line the north side of the yard, and a mix of desert plantings in red gravel and mature trees surround the rest of the space.

This home offers traditional finishes and details, but is move-in ready and can be enjoyed as-is or serve as a renovation project to restore the modernist details of the home.

Check out the full listing on here: 890 East Sunair Road

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