Monday, May 9, 2016

Million Dollar Monday: Vintage Pacifica Palmer & Krisel For Sale – San Diego, CA

Perched on San Aquario Drive in San Diego, CA is this 1962 Palmer & Krisel-designed home in Pacifica built by the Drogin Construction Company. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,656 original square feet, this home sits on a large 12,100 square-foot lot with sweeping views of Mission Bay and carries an asking price of $1,149,999.

Front of home

The exterior of the home is in need of a little sprucing up, but contains some fantastic specimen Spanish Bayonet specimens along the curb line of the property. The rest of the yard is a blank slate waiting for a makeover that compliments the architecture of the home. The side-entry garage still contains its original clerestory windows, and the façade of the home contains all its original lines, with the exception of the vinyl replacement windows.

Entry hall 

Inside, the home contains most of it original finishes and fixtures. Well-worn with time, it’s fairly rare to see these finishes intact in this neighborhood, as the current million-dollar price tags tend to demand newer and shinier updates. The original paneling in the entry hall is still intact, as is the dividing screen separating the entry from the front-facing living room.

Living and entry

Living room 

Dining room 

The living room is anchored by a signature Krisel modernist fireplace, with simple vertical stone line and low firebox opening. Original vaulted open beamed wood ceilings line the room, and connect the rear-facing dining room with the living. The dining room overlooks the backyard, and large floor-to-ceiling windows provide interior views of Mission Bay.

Original kitchen room divider

Kitchen and family room 

Kitchen and family room 

Family room 

Kitchen and entry hall 

The kitchen is nice and vintage, with original cabinetry and rare surviving original cabinet room divider. The tile countertops are original, as is the hanging globe light above the sink, while the appliances have all been updated. The family room sits adjacent and open to the kitchen, and is well-lit thanks to southwest facing clerestories and sliding glass door.


Guest bath

Secondary bedroom 

Master bedroom 

Master bath


All three bedrooms are located on the north side of the home, and lie in their original configurations, with the master bedroom at the rear of the home. The bathrooms feature their original floating vanities, tub and shower surrounds.  The backyard is essentially in the same condition as the front yard, ready for a thoughtful makeover that compliments the home.

This home offers a great opportunity to polish a diamond in the rough, and with a few small tweaks this property could be a mid-mod stunner.

Check out the full listing on here: 5068 San Aquario Drive

Or here: 5068 San Aquario Drive

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