Pierre Koenig’s Wilheim House Asks $2.9M in Los Angeles

By Brian Libby

Call this a case study in warm, wood-ensconced modernism from an architect known for working with steel or perhaps an example of relatively modest postwar housing from a man whose work has long been associated with Hollywood glamour. In the Crestwood Hills enclave of Brentwood, Los Angeles, known for its high concentration of homes by midcentury masters, the 1961 Wilheim House is a quintessential work by architect Pierre Koenig—with some unconventional characteristics.

Koenig, a World War II veteran, earned an architecture degree in 1952 from the University of Southern California. The young architect became interested in steel framing for houses, and when one of his professors rejected the idea, Koenig successfully designed and constructed a steel-framed home two years before he even graduated, which won him an American Institute of Architects Design Award.

The architect gained fame in 1960 with completion of the Stahl House, better known as Case Study House #22. A steel-and-glass box cantilevered its sloping site in the Hollywood Hills, the Stahl became perhaps the most familiar house of the iconic Case Study program, which included works by celebrated modernists like Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, A. Quincy Jones, and Eero Saarinen. Koenig’s two Case Study houses, the 1960 Stahl House and 1958 Walter Bailey House, were both framed with steel.

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Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts Leased This Pasadena home, Now Listed at $5 Million

By Sandra Barrera

A two-story traditional house recently leased by Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts for $15,000 monthly has landed on the market.

The asking price is $5 million.

Located in the sought-after Linda Vista neighborhood a stone’s throw away from the Rose Bowl, this 4,147-square-foot residence with a brick and clapboard facade is also known for its appearance in the Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler 2017 comedy “The House.” It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms and sits on a quarter-acre-plus lot that backs onto a lawn and pool with a spa. String lights hung by the production for “The House” shoot remain in the backyard.

The house originally dates to 1932. But the architect owner updated and expanded it to accommodate his family after taking ownership in August 2000 for $650,000. “They put so much love into it, and you feel that when you walk in,” said Neha Jespersen of Deasy Penner Podley, the listing agent. The downstairs has formal dining and living rooms and a family room that opens to the breakfast area and gourmet kitchen. Double ovens and sub-zero refrigerating systems outfit the kitchen at the back of the house.

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A Santa Monica Mid-Century by a Late Actor Turned Architect Lists for $3.15 Million

by Brian Libby

Though it measures just 1,216 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths, this classic Mid-Century by architect William Wallace Reid feels larger. Maybe that’s because, in classic Southern California fashion, the indoor spaces are just the beginning for this Santa Monica residence. Located only a half mile from the public Will Rogers State Beach in Los Angeles, the home sits on a 5,530-square-foot hillside lot and offers a variety of lush outdoor gathering spaces.

Reid was born in Los Angeles in 1917 to an early-Hollywood power couple. His father, silent-film actor Wallace Reid, was once called “the screen’s most perfect lover” and had supporting roles in two major films by director D.W. Griffith: 1915’s The Birth of a Nation and 1916’s Intolerance. Reid’s mother, Dorothy Davenport, began her career as an actress but eventually became a screenwriter, director, and producer. As a child, Reid acted in 10 films between 1920 and 1943. He later became an architect and spent much of his career designing multifamily condominiums and apartments in Los Angeles. The compact dwelling at 229 Amalfi Drive in Santa Monica marks one of the earliest single-family residences of Reid’s career. He designed the striking Mid-Century in 1953 for himself and his wife, Paula.

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November 2021 Newsletter

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Deasy Penner Podley Welcomes Sharon Baum

deasypennerpodley is excited to announce Sharon Baum as a new agent to our Westside family.

Sharon Baum has helped more than 200 clients achieve their real estate goals since obtaining her license in 2012, earning a 2014 Realtors® Choice Award in the process. Sharon understands that real estate transactions can be an emotional journey; she takes the time to explain what clients can expect emotionally, honoring their feelings and assuaging their stresses throughout the process. For this reason, she most loves collaborating with first-time homebuyers and clients experiencing significant life changes.

Before beginning her real estate career, Sharon spent 13 years doing internet marketing for a large corporation. This, along with being a single parent to three children, gave her the creative thinking and interpersonal skills to expertly manage situations where emotions run high and problems need quick solutions. She is uniquely braced to decompress any situation by leading with integrity, generosity of spirit, and a sense of humor.
In real estate, Sharon is driven by the joy of having offers accepted for her buyers or sellers, allowing her clients the opportunity to move forward. Outside of real estate, she continues making a difference in people’s lives and in the community with a philanthropic mindset and an upbeat approach. Sharon serves all of Los Angeles and particularly loves working in the stunning and historic Echo Park neighborhood. She is a student of historic home preservation, historic architecture, and design.
Sharon moved to California from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in January 2020 to fulfill her lifelong dream of immersing herself in Los Angeles’ architecture, history, amazing views, and rich textures. An artist at heart, she uses her eye for design as an amateur photographer. Sharon is known to get lost in research, reading and writing about local history, mysteries of old Hollywood, and other curiosities. When working with historical properties, she takes great joy in researching the history of a house or building, and sharing relevant findings with her clients to make their experience one of a kind.
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