Thursday, September 1, 2016

Renovated 1960 College Glen Estates Palmer & Krisel-Designed Home For Sale – San Diego, CA

Built in 1960 by the Drogin Construction Company is this Palmer & Krisel-designed home in San Diego’s College Glen Estates neighborhood. This renovated midcentury home features four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,492 square feet on a large 19,100 square-foot canyon-side lot and carries an asking price of $599,000.

Front of home

The exterior of the home retains its original form; however, the façade has seen significant modifications to it, with the full removal of all clerestory windows, and replacement of the original windows with mullioned white vinyl windows. The shallow front yard is mostly paved, with small planters surrounded by river rock located near the entryway.

Living room 

Living room and entry

Living and dining room 

Inside, the home has been fully renovated, including having its trademark open-beamed wood ceilings covered with drywall and filled with can lights and ceiling fans. The living room is long and linear, with a fireplace at the rear of the room, which has seen its stacked block accents covered with big-box store slate tiles. Wood floors with fat ornate baseboards fill the room, which has seen a breakfast bar placed between it and the kitchen.

Kitchen and dining


Dining and kitchen 

Dining room and backyard

The kitchen features all newer traditionally-styled raised panel cabinetry mixed with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. An enormous range sits along the north wall of the kitchen, and traditional tilework surrounds the range. A funny ceiling cutout sits above the upper cabinetry between the kitchen and living room, and is illuminated drawing more attention to it.  

Strangely with the high-end appliances, the light fixture is an inexpensive fluorescent flush-mount that neither aligns with the midcentury modern or imposed 21st century traditional look of the home.  The dining room sits open and adjacent to the kitchen, and overlooks the backyard through mullioned French doors.

Secondary bedroom 

Secondary bedroom 

Guest bath 

Master bedroom 

Master bath

The three secondary bedrooms all sit along the west side of the home, and feature nearly identical makeovers, with identical wood floors, wall-mount air-conditioner units and mirrored closet doors. The bathrooms have been renovated in keeping with the imposed 21st Century traditional look of the rest of the home.

Back of home

Backyard deck and views

Backyard and deck

The backyard consists mainly of a large covered deck area, overlooking the adjacent canyon-side and south-facing backyard. Much of the large lot slopes downward, and features lots of mature eucalyptus trees and native landscape.

Despite all the traditional modifications, this home presents a great opportunity for a full restoration, and features a great low-maintenance lot with tranquil views.

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