Monday, May 2, 2016

Marlborough Palms 1958 Palmer & Krisel Pool Home For Sale – Granada Hills, CA


Built in 1958 in Granada Hills’ Marlborough Palms neighborhood is this recently flipped Palmer & Krisel-designed home new to the market. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,640 square feet, the home is sited on an 8,300 square-foot corner lot with a pool and carries an asking price of $579,900.

Front of home

Last sold in June 2015 as a bank-owned foreclosure for $431,000, this midcentury home has been cleaned and sanitized from most of its modernist origins. Outside, this east-facing home has had modern redwood siding added to a portion of the front exterior of the home. The original signature Krisel four-pane aluminum windows have all been removed, swapped out for traditional mullioned white vinyl replacements.


Entry hall 

An English cottage traditional front door accented with a craftsman-style porch light adds to the hodgepodge of styles thrust upon this home by the current owner, resulting in a chaotic and random appearance. The entry hall leads past the master bedroom entrance to the rear-facing living and dining rooms. Walls of mullioned sliders divide the indoors from the out, and for some reason one of the floor-to-ceiling windows has been shortened.

Living room 

View from living and dining rooms

Living and dining room 




The original open beamed ceilings are still in place, yet the signature soffit has been removed and strange sconces have been placed at a now awkward height. The signature Krisel modernist fireplace is still intact, but the original north-facing clerestory windows which would have been located over the over mantle have been drywalled over, completely diminishing the sleek lines of the fireplace.

The hodgepodge of styles continues at the front-facing kitchen, with new white shaker cabinets, traditional ornate crown molding, and modern composite counters. Mid-range appliances – but no fridge – round out the rest of the room with modern tiled backsplashes.

Guest bath

Guest bath

Secondary bedroom 

Master bedroom 

Master bath

Master bath shower

Both the guest bath and master bath have received modern trended makeovers, with subway tiled tub and shower surrounds dominating the look of the space. Both bath vanities are shaker-styled, with oval sinks, and stone counters. Identical big-box store mirrors and light fixtures are found in both bathrooms, while neither appears to provide a towel rack. The master bedroom sits at the front of the home, and like the living room has had its original clerestory windows drywalled over, cutting down on the amount of natural light entering the room. The remaining three bedrooms are split from the master, located on the south side of the home.


Patio and pool 

Trellised patio

The backyard features a large trellised shade structure attached to the rear of the home. A large concrete patio leads to the large curvilinear swimming pool, which is surrounded by a low seating wall. Mature trees surround the yard, adding privacy and protection from the west-facing sun.

For those who like their midcentury modern mixed with lots and lots of competing styles, then this will be a sweet find for someone. Otherwise, most will find that there’s a lot of undoing to do here.

Check out the full listing on here: 10625 Debra Avenue

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