A Streamline Moderne by William Kesling Lists for $1.69M

A Streamline Moderne by William Kesling Lists for $1.69M

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
With aerodynamic elements and nautical details, this West Hollywood home is one of the finest examples of this distinct style in Los Angeles.

Modernist architect William Kesling designed this stunning home for Academy Award-winning actor Wallace Beery in 1936. Beery, in case you haven't heard of him, was the world's highest-paid actor back in 1932—with a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract that ensured this by stating that he was to be paid "$1 more than any other player at the studio." 

Designed by William Kesling in 1936, The Beery House features aerodynamic elements and nautical details that make it one of the finest examples of Streamline Moderne in Los Angeles. 

His former 1,400-square-foot West Hollywood home, which is also known as The Beery House, features a white stucco facade with long horizontal lines and elegant curvilinear forms. Made to take advantage of Southern Californian's sunny climate, the three-bedroom, two-bath home was designed for indoor/outdoor living. It boasts bright interiors, built-in cabinetry and furniture, a flagstone fireplace, and steel casement windows.  Outside, the home wraps around a lovely little backyard garden complete with a koi pond and exotic greenery—plus it's just minutes from the original Pink's Hot Dogs, a West Hollywood culinary gem. Keep scrolling to see more of this historic property, which is currently listed for $1,690,000.

A wall of windows topped with a row of clerestory windows in the living room fills the open space with natural light. Note the built-in dining table in the corner and the flagstone fireplace. 

The exterior's graceful forms are visible from inside the house. 

One of three bright bedrooms. 

The master bedroom features original built-in cabinets and a clever platform structure with storage tucked underneath.

The third bedroom is bright and sunny and just off the living room. 

The greenery-filled backyard features a small patio with a koi pond.

In his book "Kesling Modern Structures", author Patrick Pascal writes that the residence "invokes a flight aesthetic that indulged" Beery’s love of flying. 

947 N. Martel Avenue is currently listed for $1,685,000 by Adi Perez of The Agency. 

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