Tuesday, July 26, 2016

1961 Clairemont Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale – San Diego, CA

Built in 1961 by the Drogin Construction Company is this fairly original midcentury modern Palmer & Krisel-designed home in San Diego’s Clairemont community. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,616 square feet, this home sits on a 9,000 square-foot canyon view lot and carries an asking price of $895,000.

The east-facing home provides a moderate-sized front yard, with a variety of landscape materials found throughout the yard. The flat-roofed attached two-car garage sits closest to the street, while the gable end of the home is setback. The original clerestory and aluminum-framed windows are still in place, and concrete block accents sit adjacent to the front door.

Entry and living room

Living room

Dining room 

The entry leads into the linear living and dining rooms, which spans between the front and rear of the home. The vaulted, open-beamed ceilings are still in place, complimented by newer similarly-toned wood floors. Interestingly, this particular Krisel home does not provide a fireplace in the living room, allowing for the great room to function with great flexibility.

Dining room and kitchen



The kitchen sits open and adjacent to the current dining room, with original wooden cabinetry and salmon-colored tile counters. The appliances have been updated over time, and most likely a row of upper cabinets were removed from the divider between the kitchen and dining area for a more open feel. A simple globe pendant light gives the room a great period look, and everything still appears as fresh and functional as it did in 1961.

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Master bath

Secondary bedroom

Secondary bedroom
Secondary bedroom

Guest bath

Three of the four bedrooms are all clustered along the north side of the home, with the fourth bedroom sited at the front of the home. The master bedroom and bath both lie at the back of the home, overlooking the backyard. The master bath is mostly original, with mint-looking tub surround and vanity, while the guest bath maintains an identical original look with well-preserved fixtures and lighting.  


Back of home and backyard

Backyard views

The home backs up to Stevenson Canyon, with a large, flat lot providing fairly open views due to no rear fence. A simple brick patio sits off of the kitchen and dining rooms, and several large, mature trees frame the space and provide shade. Like the front, the back yard provides an opportunity to customize and install a water-conserving modernist landscape.

This home has lots of fun original details, character and features, with the potential for this to be a great time capsule home. Hopefully the next owner will maintain these details and enjoy them as much as the current owners obviously have.

Check out the full listing on here: 3945 Kenosha Avenue

Or here: 3945 Kenosha Avenue


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