Last featured on the blog in early January as a fixer in need of TLC is this 1962 Palmer & Krisel-designed home in the Bay Park neighborhood of San Diego, CA. Now flipped and ready to go, this four bedroom, two bathroom 1,656 square-foot cul-de-sac home carries an asking price of $869,900.
|Garage & front of home|
The exterior of the home has been freshened up with new landscape, a new grey and white paint scheme, and fresh modern horizontal wood siding on the garage (although we wish the missing garage sunflap would have been restored). Unfortunately the chimney has been ‘normalized’, with the original block being tiled over and the once distinct cylindrical upper flue now boxed in and hidden from view until the next restoration (see the original posting for an image). Sadly the distinct open soffit and fascia board have been removed, as has the distinct double support post. This now visually slices the northern facade in two, making the home appear more choppy than sprawling and wide.
A red front door with opaque glass welcomes visitors to the home, and leads into the large open living and dining rooms. The living room is anchored by a signature modernist Krisel fireplace, which has received an updated with the addition of a parallel row of floor tiles running up its sides. New wood flooring has been added, and the unpainted wooden ceiling has been painted white – an interesting choice, considering it would have been easier to put in white flooring and leave the original ceilings alone.
|Dining, kitchen and living|
The dining room sits at the back of the home, and has been opened up to the kitchen. The former 1980s cabinets have been removed and replaced with white shaker-style cabinetry, white composite counters, and mosaic tile backsplashes.
The master bedroom sits at the rear of the home, and overlooks the backyard through a pair of mullioned French doors. The master bath has been updated with grey floor tiles on the shower surround, mosaic tile accents, and new fixtures. More shaker-style cabinetry make up the vanity, and marble counters provide a home for vessel sinks. Oddly, no photos were provided of the secondary bedrooms or guest bath. Considering this is a flip, one would expect the new listing to be slightly more thorough.
The backyard has seen the thoughtful addition of a new deck and new sod. Distant city views are provided across a small hillside, and leafy neighboring trees provide privacy and greenery.
Flips are interesting creatures; some are good, some are bad; some look great on the surface, others do not; sometimes they solve problems while other times they create more. This home appears to need a new owner who understands midcentury modern, and won’t mind putting this property back together. At least the new owner will be able to enjoy the views while doing so.
Check out the full listing on Redfin.com here: 4822 Sparks Avenue
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