Thursday, March 10, 2016

Vintage Whittier Palmer & Krisel Fixer Ripe for Restoration – Whittier, CA

Up for grabs is this sweet 1955 Palmer & Krisel-designed home with well-worn vintage features but is ripe for restoration. This 1,344 square-foot home contains four bedrooms and two bathrooms, a detached two-car garage and a 5,900 square-foot lot with an asking price of $420,000.

Situated on a corner lot, this modernist home is definitely a diamond in the rough, with its unassuming curb appeal and worn front yard. There’s great architectural bones hidden behind mature shade trees, with north-facing clerestory windows on the gable end of the home, a detached rear-yard garage with clerestory windows, and classic midcentury lines.

Living room 

Living, dining and entry

Living as viewed from hall

The entry sits at the center of the home, leading to the living, kitchen and dining rooms at the rear of the home overlooking the backyard while the bedrooms sits along the northern streetside of the home. The living room features walls of glass overlooking the backyard, with the original clerestory windows still in place. A slim, low-profile modernist fireplace with a simple steel surround, while the blank face next to the firebox opening would have originally been accented with one-inch mosaic tiles.

Kitchen with original cabinets, counters and cooktop

Laundry and kitchen 

The kitchen sits adjacent to the living room and still maintains its original, yet very well worn cabinetry. Original black speckle tile countertops, a signature material used by Krisel, are still in place, and the original split gas cooktop is still intact. The kitchen is open to the laundry, which in turn opens to the backyard.


Master bedroom 

Master bathroom 

Master bath shower

Secondary bathroom 

The hallway maintains original storage cabinetry, while the bathrooms contain original medicine cabinets, sinks, and original tilework in the master bathroom shower surround. The bedrooms appear to be in their original configurations, with uninsulated open beamed vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows on the end bedrooms.


Backyard covered patio - the first covered here with track lighting!

The backyard is a good candidate for a jackhammer, as one hundred percent of it has been covered in concrete, devoid of greenery and surrounded by concrete block walls. A portion off the patio off the kitchen is covered, with track lighting, a first seen on this blog.

Homes like this one offer nothing but opportunity. The vintage fixtures, appliances and features naturally yield towards preservation where feasible, and the blank slate that this one offers should make anyone excitement with the endless possibilities.

Check out the full listing on here: 8239 Westman Avenue

Or here: 8239 Westman Avenue

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