Saturday, May 28, 2016

Palmer & Krisel Fixer Opportunity in Sunmor Estates – Palm Springs, CA

Built in 1958 by the Alexander Construction Company is this mid-mod Palmer & Krisel fixer opportunity in Sunmor Estates in Palm Springs, CA. Situated on a 12,100 square-foot cul-de-sac lot, this home includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,278 square feet, a private backyard with an in-ground pool and carries an asking price of $489,500.

Front of home

Front of home and garage


Located on a Jill Circle, a street named after the Robert and Helene Alexander’s daughter, is this wonderful diamond in the rough. Quietly facing south, the home features an older desert front yard, asphalt driveway and a carport converted to a two-car garage. Original decorative stone accents sit next to the front entry, and deep roof overhangs welcome guests to this desert retreat.

Entry and living 
Living room 

Living room 

Living, entry and kitchen 

Inside, the home has seen a heavy southwestern motif applied to it, with lots of light Saltillo tile covering the floors and rear-facing fireplace, along with a mirrored wall next to the leaded glass entry door. The original open-beamed vaulted ceilings are still in place, and a skylight has been added to the living room.

Original dining area adjacent to kitchen 

Addition at rear of home

Dining room addition

Dining addition at rear of home

The original dining area sits adjacent to the living room and opens to the adjacent kitchen; however a rear sunroom addition has been tacked onto the home which is currently used as the dining area. Judging by the listed square footage of the home, the rear addition isn’t taken into account, which most likely means there aren’t any permits for the room. The addition eliminates the original living room floor to ceiling windows, along with the original dining room sliding glass door and kitchen window, cutting down on the amount of natural light entering the space.




The kitchen has been updated over the years; however the cabinet boxes appear to potentially be original, while the door faces date from the later part of the 20th century. The appliances have all been updated over the years, and a skylight helps to add daylighting to the kitchen workspace.

Secondary bedroom

Secondary bedroom

Guest bath

Master bedroom 

Master bedroom 

Master bath

The three bedrooms are all in their original configurations, with the secondary bedrooms at the front of the home and the master at the rear. All three bedrooms feature open beamed vaulted ceilings, while the master includes a sliding glass door to the backyard. Both bathrooms appear to have early 1980s updates, and the guest bath contains its original 1958 pink tub and tile surround.

Pool and backyard

Pool and backyard


Pool and back of home

The northeast-facing backyard is an excellent landscape opportunity, with its large 15’ x 30’ Alexander swimming pool at the center of the yard space. Saltillo tile covers the pool decking and adjacent patio, and an assortment of shrubs, trees, palms and other desert plantings make up the yard.

While the current southwestern theme of the home is a far cry from its midcentury modern roots, there’s great potential on this property to create a dream modernist showplace.

Check out the full listing on here: 222 North Jill Circle

Or here: 222 North Jill Circle

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