Long before Frank Zappa’s 1982 hit single “Valley Girl” cemented the San Fernando Valley into pop culture, the area gained prior fame for its housing. With the post-World War II housing boom, vast tracts of single-family homes reaching from Van Nuys to Woodland Hills “came to epitomize a suburbia where even the middle class could have backyard swimming pools.”
It’s where Eric Pringle and his siblings lived. Their home at 13343 Willard St sold to buyers who jumped at the opportunity to return this fixer to its former 50s glory.
The home at 13343 Willard St sits on a cul-de-sac with a single-story layout conditioned for optimal light, space, and entertainment. The three bedrooms rest in their own wing, allowing privacy from the public areas. There’s a den that can also double as a home office.
The kitchen looks onto the dining area and the living room with a decorative fireplace, where sliding glass doors lead to the yard. There’s also an attached garage with direct access to the house.
There are many pros and cons to buying a fixer home. Like another fixer home in the San Fernando Valley, this one checked all the pros and attracted buyers willing to pay over the asking price. Removing the carpet to reveal concrete floors (we hope) and adding a fresh coat of paint inside and out would make a remarkable difference. And there’s no telling the wonders a full bathroom and kitchen down-to-the-studs gut will do. This home received 22 offers. It was listed for $695,000 and sold for $765,555.