Friday, September 23, 2016

Fixer Friday: Corbin Palms Short Sale Palmer & Krisel-Designed Home for Sale – Woodland Hills, CA

Built in 1954 is this Palmer & Krisel designed short-sale home in iconic Corbin Palms in Woodland Hills, CA in the San Fernando Valley. Built by the Alexander Construction Company, this midcentury home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,532 expanded square feet, sits on a 7,500 square-foot lot and carries an asking price of $550,000.

Front of home
With a few exterior modifications, the home features a couple of altered rooflines and elongated front replacement windows, which chops up and changes the proportions of the home from what was originally offered. The breezeway between the two-car garage and carport has been enclosed, and a reverse-angle roofline has been placed over the addition, while the garage contains a roofline bringing a third roof pitch on to the front of the home. Most of the original board-and-batten finish is still on the exterior on the home along with original stucco, and a green lawn with mature landscape welcomes visitors to the home.

Inside, the home shows fairly cluttered, as the current homeowners furniture is fairly large scaled. The living and dining rooms sit towards the rear of the home, while the kitchen sits adjacent to the south side of the home. A fourth bedroom once sat between the entry and kitchen, but it has now been converted to an open pass through area, that leads towards the family room addition that sits at the front of the home between the kitchen and garage. All three bedrooms lie along the north side of the home.

Living room 

Dining room 

Former 4th bedroom & family room addition at front of home

Family room addition at front of home

The living and dining rooms overlook the backyard through original floor-to-ceiling windows and two-pane French doors. The original fireplace location is intact, however the hearth and surround has been traditionalized, with tile surrounded and a flattened overmantle. Hopefully the original stacked brick is under all that drywall and intact.



The kitchen has been seen newer raised panel cabinetry added to it, some with glass fronts, granite counters and black appliances. While not modernist or complimentary of the architecture of the home, the kitchen is functional and still has a few more years of life left in it. The original south-facing clerestory windows above the cabinetry are still in place, as are the open beamed celotex paneled ceilings, allowing for the home to be filled with natural light.

Bedroom at front of home

Guest bath at front of home

Bedroom at rear of home

Bedroom at rear of home


All three bedrooms lie along the north side of the home, and due to the bath layout there is no true master. Both bathrooms have been updated over time, both with heavy traditional undertones and ornate detailing.



The west-facing backyard features a modest-sized trellised patio adjacent to the living and dining rooms, and is lined with lots of mature trees and shrubs around the perimeter. A small patch of curvilinear turf sits adjacent to the patio and walkways, and a variety of fences surround the yard.
There’s quite a bit of opportunity with this midcentury home to take it back to its modernist roots. If you’re willing to endure a short sale and have a bit of vision, this could be a great opportunity.

Check out the full listing on here: 6445 Oakdale Avenue

Or here: 6445 Oakdale Avenue


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