Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Long Beach Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale – Long Beach, CA

Sited in northern Long Beach, CA is this 1955 Palmer & Krisel-designed home for sale. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,312 slightly expanded square feet all on a 5,900 square-foot lot, the asking price of this minor fixer home is $439,999.

Driveway and front of home

Front of home 

The home sits behind a patchy lawn on a lot devoid of trees, giving the front yard an instant opportunity for a re-visioning. The front of the home remains virtually untouched, with the original board and batten accents adjacent to the front door and original single-panel garage door featuring the same paneling. Two of the bedroom windows facing the street have been shortened, but their original frames remain in place.

The home features two additions; a small addition at the front of the home connecting the formerly detached garage to the main dwelling structure, and a most-likely non-permitted addition at the rear of the home (judging by the square footage) appearing as if a covered patio evolved over time into a habitable room.

Living room 

Living room 

Living room 

Addition at rear of home 

The kitchen sits off the entry at the front of the home while the living and original dining nook sit at the rear. The living room still features its original unpainted stacked brick modernist fireplace. The clerestories on the side of the home are still intact; the living room once overlooked the backyard through large glass windows, but now accesses the non-permitted addition at the rear of the home. The rear addition features a questionable drop ceiling under a shallow pitched roof, and three walls of glass overlooking the south-facing back yard.

Kitchen and breakfast nook

Kitchen and entry

The kitchen has been expanded and pushed into the former breezeway that once stood between the home and carport, and features updates from the late 1980s or early 1990s. An L-shaped wall of raised-panel cabinetry sits at the front of the home, and a column from the original front of the home once stood sits now in the center of the room. The laundry sits in it’s original location tucked between the kitchen and original dining/living room, and a door adjacent to the fridge provides access to the two-car garage.

Secondary bedroom 

Master bedroom 

Guest bath

Master bath

Secondary bedroom 

The bedrooms in this home are relatively small in size, and both end bedrooms still feature their original clerestory windows. Both bathrooms have been updated over time, and are in need of another update to better reflect the modernist architecture of the home.


Addition and backyard

Like the front yard, the backyard is devoid of trees, and consists of flat, patchy turf. The addition sits on the former patio space, leaving the backyard with minimal usable patio space. There’s plenty of opportunity to create a modernist makeover within the space, and add some trees to the south-facing space.

This home presents a great opportunity for those looking for a modest fixer that can be taken back to its modernist roots.

Check out the full listing on here: 3240 E La Jara Street

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