The Krisel Connection is dedicated to showcasing and discussing the works of modernist architect William Krisel. Architect to tens of thousands of tract homes, custom residences and numerous commercial buildings, Krisel’s distinct style and cutting-edge design helped set the tone for modern architecture in America during the mid-century.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Canyon View Estates Renovation Opportunity – Palm Springs, CA
Recently listed is this Palmer & Krisel-designed condominium
renovation opportunity in south Palm Springs’ Canyon View Estates community.
Built in 1963, this midcentury modern three bedroom, two bathroom condominium encompasses
1,664 square feet, includes a one-car garage and sits on a 3,000 square foot lot
and carries an asking price of $375,000 with monthly homeowner’s association
dues of $320.
Front of home
The front of this south-facing home features an impeccably
manicured front yard, with lush, green turf and an oasis of cacti, ground
covers, palms and agaves. Natural stone accents, diamond shadow block and
square screen blocks make up the facade of the home, with the front door
sitting behind a recessed wrought iron enclosure resembling prison bars.
Living room and patio
Living room and mirrors
There aren’t many photos of the interior provided, just of
the living areas and outdoor patio, but from what’s shown the unit appears to
be in need of cosmetic updating. The entry opens up into the rear-facing living
and dining great room, which overlooks the private north-facing patio. The
great room features the signature eight-pointed vaulted ceiling that makes many
of the Canyon View units unique. Clerestories allow for glimpses of mountain views
and allow for natural light to fill the living areas.
The kitchen sits at the front of the unit, and provides a
large pass-through to the great room. A service door is provided accessing the
garage, and the room appears to have last been updated in the late 1970s. While
modern at the time, the cabinetry now shows dark, and when coupled with the
wall paper and flooring the whole room appear dark. The kitchen could be really
interesting with some color and complimentary seventies décor, but most likely
will be removed by a future buyer.
While there are no photos provided, the master bedroom sits
at the rear of the unit and accesses the north-facing patio, while the
secondary bedrooms sit towards the front of the home. All three bedrooms are
located on the west side of the home, and the middle bedroom features a sunwell
for the window.
Back of unit
Northwest patio views
Northeast patio views
The north facing patio features some decorative screen block
accents, and is a blank slate awaiting personalization. The community pool sits
just to the northeast of the patio, and the adjacent greenbelt offers a
park-like feel to the yard.
If anyone out there has an immaculate collection of vintage
seventies collectibles and furniture, they’d look right at home in this unit.
Otherwise, most will probably opt for a clean-lined modernist restoration,
which would look right at home as well. Either way, this is a great buy in a
fantastic south Palm Springs neighborhood.