Monday, April 25, 2016

Palm Gardens Modified Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale – Granada Hills, CA

Built in 1955 by Murray Strauss & Associates is this modified Palmer & Krisel-designed home new to the market. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,200 square feet, this home sits on a 7,700 square-foot lot with a detached two-car garage and carries an asking price of $550,000.

Front of home with chunky replacement windows

The front of the home features a new drought-tolerant xeriscaped front yard, with shall plantings replacing what was once a thirsty lawn. The exterior windows have been reimagined with chunky mullioned white vinyl replacements, while partial stone veneer extends across the base of the home. 

Entry leads into kitchen island

Inside, the entry opens directly into the super-kitchen-dining-living room, which drops visitors off at the granite-topped central island. All demising walls within the living areas have been removed, leaving no division of space or privacy within the central living area.


The kitchen sits at the front of the home and features newer shaker-style cabinetry topped with granite counters. A large-scaled farmhouse sink sits beneath a mosaic tiled wall, while a pair of French doors where the former breakfast nook would have been located leads to the service porch and front yard garage.

Living and dining area as seen from kitchen island

Living room - fireplace blockwork is without context due to 'flattening' of drywall overmantle

The dining area and living room sit at the rear of the home, overlooking the backyard through more mullioned windows and French doors. The mullions create division between the indoors and out, which directly contradicts the modernist idea of blending the indoors with outdoors, allowing spaces to flow from one to another. The original west-facing clerestories are still in place, and luckily haven’t been covered or replaced with vinyl. The original modernist fireplace is essentially still there; however, the drywalled overmantle popout has been flattened, lying flush with the original blockwork, leaving a curious pattern without context.


Circa 2006 bathroom 





The four bedrooms all still maintain their original open beamed celotex paneled ceilings, which were drywalled over in the main living area. The end bedrooms maintain their original clerestory windows, and all rooms are fairly diminutive in size. Both bathrooms have been updated over the years, with one appearing to utilize trends that were popular in 2006, while the other maintains a much cleaner, modernist makeover, with floating vanity and glass mosaic tilework.

Backyard and back of home


The backyard of the home is generously-sized and open, with a large grassy area surrounded by dense perimeter plantings. A covered patio along with a large uncovered patio area sits off of the living and dining room, while a nearby large tree offers shade to the north-facing yard.

While some of the original character has been stripped from this home, it does hold the potential for restoration, and at its current price point predicts it’ll sell quickly.

Check out the full listing on here: 15655 Simonds Street

Or here: 15655 Simonds Street

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