Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Renovated Midland Meadows Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale – Fullerton, CA

Built in 1955 by Midland Properties is this freshly renovated Palmer & Krisel-designed midcentury modern home in Midland Meadows in Fullerton, CA. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,341 square feet on a 7,400 square-foot lot and carries an asking price of $499,000.

The exterior of the home has been re-envisioned with horizontal wood slat siding which unfortunately replaced the distinct original Bill Krisel board and batten siding which gave texture and shadow to the façade of the home. The home sits lengthwise on the lot, with the bedrooms at the front gable end of the home and the living areas at the rear. The two-car garage features a reverse-angle roofline, which gives the home the appearance of having a butterfly roofline.

Living, dining and kitchen 

Inside, the home has seen the great room concept applied to all the living areas, creating one super giant entry-foyer-kitchen-island-dining-living room. While this approach is often taken to make homes feel larger, the effect tends to be the opposite, making rooms seem smaller than they appear and eliminating interior privacy. Luckily the original clerestory and floor-to-ceiling windows on the back of the home are still intact, allowing the living areas to blend with the outdoors.

Living, garage entry and front entry

The living room features its original cut stone fireplace, which has seen its stones painted blue, black, grey and white. The original open-beamed vaulted celotex ceilings have survived the renovation intact, and add height and volume to the interior living areas.

Kitchen and living



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen has been extended into the original dining room, and features composite counters, stainless steel appliances and a wood-topped central island. There’s only two sets of upper cabinetry, both tucked in a corner near the fridge, whose placement looks unfortunately out of place, almost as much as that wall-mounted boob light near the range.

Front bedroom 

Front bedroom 

Side bedroom 

Side bedroom

Guest bath

The four bedrooms are fairly diminutive in size, with two bedrooms on the east and two on the west sides of the front of the home. This particular model featured no true master bedroom, and provides jack-and-jill bathrooms between the bedrooms. Both front-facing bedrooms still feature their original clerestory windows, and both bathrooms have been updated in a style in line with the rest of the updates found throughout the rest of the home.  


The bad news about the south-facing backyard is that it backs up to the Riverside Freeway, but on the plus side there’s a pretty formidable wall separating the yard from the freeway. There’s a corrugated steel-roofed covered patio against the back of the home, and the remainder of the yard is essentially a blank slate ready for a fitting water-conserving makeover.

This home is in move-in ready condition, and should appeal to those that like modern conveniences within midcentury lines.

Check out the full listing on here: 506 West Houston Avenue

Or here: 506 West Houston Avenue

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