Built in 1953 is this early Palmer & Krisel-designed
home in the Tampa Homes subdivision in Reseda, CA. With four bedrooms and two
bathrooms in 1,296 square feet situated on a 6,100 square foot lot with a pool
and a detached two-car garage and carries an asking price of $480,000.
|Front of home|
The Tampa Homes consist of a dozen Palmer &
Krisel-designed homes that all sit elevated above Tampa Avenue, with driveway
and garage access via an adjacent rear alleyway. Concrete steps lead up past a
sloped lawn holding a mature tree to the side entry of the home. Vintage stone
veneer accents cover the front of the home, most likely not original but still
vintage in their own right.
|Entry walkway |
|Living room with original Krisel fireplace|
Succulents and drought-tolerant landscape line the entry
walkway to the south-facing entrance of the home. The entry leads into a small
foyer which in turn leads into the north-facing living room. Once featuring
large sliding glass doors, the living room windows overlooking the side yard
have been reduced in size and replaced with a mullioned front door. The
original modernist fireplace is still intact with its clean, simple lines that
are as still relevant and sharp today as they were 63 years ago.
|Living and dining rooms|
|Living and dining room |
|Galley kitchen |
The dining room sits adjacent and open to the living room,
with a shortened window overlooking the adjacent pool. The west-facing clerestories
have been removed, severely cutting down on the amount of natural light entering
the space. The adjacent galley kitchen has been updated with traditional
materials, including raised-panel cabinetry, granite counters and stainless
steel appliances. The open laundry area is located on the south side of the
kitchen, and a strange breakfast bar window has been cut into the kitchen wall
overlooking the entry hall. Like the dining room, the kitchen shows dark due to
removed clerestory windows.
The bedrooms still feature their open-beamed celotex
ceilings which have been drywalled over in the living and dining rooms. Four
bedrooms in 1,300 square feet is tight, and all bedrooms are diminutive in
stature and size. The front-facing eastern bedrooms have seen their clerestories
removed, which is unfortunate as they were also a design-tactic of Krisel’s
which would allow small rooms to seem larger. The bathrooms have been
traditionally renovated like the kitchen, with floor tiles on the tub surrounds.
|Covered patio off of living room |
|North side of home is a blank slate|
|Backyard and pool |
The backyard is taken up mostly by the pool and rear yard
garage, and a small covered porch sits on the north side of the property adjacent
to the living area.
This home is a perfect restoration opportunity, and at its
current price point is predicted by Redfin.com to be a fast sell, so be sure to
check it out before it’s gone.
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