Saturday, April 30, 2016

Early Palmer & Krisel Tampa Homes Property For Sale – Reseda, CA

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 to be a fast sell, so be sure to check it out before it’s gone.

Check out the full listing on here: 6603 Tampa Avenue

Or here: 6603 Tampa Avenue

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