Open House Obsession: Rodney Walker Modernist Cottage Gets Bounced Around, Still Lovely


Where: 15142 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air
When: Sunday, July 28 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
What: A classic, modest Mid-Century house that epitomizes the unpretentious post-WWII aesthetic of LA Modernists, before Bel Air became the expensive, overheated neighborhood it is now. The entrance from the driveway is through a gate and a lushly-hedged side yard:

On the market a few times in the past five years, most recently this past March when the 2-bed, 1.75-bath property was listed for $1.45M and went “pending” soon after. That sale failed to close. On month later it reappeared on the market for $1.65M with new photographs, only to drop 100K three weeks later. Still sweet, even though the kitchen and bath finishes might need some re-thinking, and we like the skylit living space that breaks down into quadrants with kitchen, dining and two seating areas:

Outside, the views are lovely, and we’d be happy waking up here– just maybe in a less-lumpen bed:

Downside: It’s expensive at about $1K per square foot, and as for marketing, the agent could have done a better job with staging and photography. Apparently on a private driveway shared with three other houses.
More: To get a better understanding of Walker’s work– and a lesson in how to market a house– have a look at Crosby Doe’s sale materials for Walker’s own c.1959 house in Ojai.