Tuesday, April 5, 2016

1954 Bermuda Woods Palmer & Krisel For Sale – Reseda, CA

Built by Dunas, Greene & Swidler is this 1954 Palmer & Krisel-designed midcentury modern home in the neighborhood of Bermuda Woods in Reseda, CA relatively new to the market. With four bedrooms and two baths, this 1,296 square-foot home sits on a 7,700 square-foot lot and carries an asking price of $455,000.

Street view of home


The exterior of the home has been modified over the years, with white vinyl replacement windows on the front of the home, a traditionally-styled front door, and a chunky, unwelcoming combination block and wrought iron fence and wall along the front property line of the home. The front landscape has been converted to maximize water conservation, with minimal planting and bark mulch used as a large-scale ground cover.

Living room 

Living room 

Living room 

This four bedroom home features the kitchen and a den/fourth bedroom to the west of the entry, the living and dining rooms at the rear of the home, and the three remaining bedrooms to the east of the entry. The living room maintains the original open beamed vaulted celotex ceilings, and overlooks the backyard through reduced-height mullioned white vinyl windows. The original fireplace is still in place; however its signature modernist lines have been reduced with a beige tiled surround.

Dining room - there would have been lots more windows here

Dining room and kitchen 


The dining room sits open to the living and kitchen, and is anchored by a fun sputnik globe light fixture. The kitchen has been partially opened to the living room, showcasing its raised-panel cabinetry with oddly-placed pulls and beige tiled countertops to all those who enter the living room. Original clerestory windows which would have filled the kitchen and dining room with natural light have been removed and drywalled over, leaving the space above the cabinetry blank and characterless.

Secondary bedroom

Secondary bedroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Guest bath

Den/master bedroom 

The bedrooms are all in their original configurations, and have all been floored in very dark wavy laminate flooring. The den adjacent to the kitchen features its own bath, making it ideal for use as a master. The guest bath has been updated in the same style as the kitchen, with beige floor tiles utilized for the tub surround and raised panel cabinetry on the vanity.

Backyard pergola

Backyard and back of home 

The backyard is large, grassy and open with a small brick patio sitting off of the living room. A trellised cover sits in the center of the brick patio, and a bare patch of yard sits where a recently felled tree once stood.

There are some great modernist lines underneath all the updates that this home has seen over the years, and hopefully a new owner will be able to bring out the best in this property.

Check out the full listing on here: 19421 Strathern Street

Or here: 19421 Strathern Street

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