Experimental ‘Case Study’ House From 1948 to List in Los Angeles for $11.9 Million
One of Los Angeles’s most architecturally significant mid-century homes is coming to the market next week for $11.9 million, Mansion Global has learned.
Case Study House No. 18, also known as the West House, was designed by Rodney Walker in 1948 and stands on half an acre of ocean-facing land in the city’s affluent Pacific Palisades neighborhood.
The Case Study Houses were a residential architecture experiment that brought together architects like Walker, Pierre Koenig, Charles and Ray Eames, A. Quincy Jones and Ralph Rapson. They were challenged to design and build replicable, inexpensive and efficient model homes as the U.S faced a housing boom caused by the mass return of soldiers following World War II.
The unique properties “are a very important moment in Southern California’s architectural history,” said Aaron Kirman of AKG Christie’s International Real Estate who shares the listing with his colleagues Ray Ross and Charlene Duarte-Brannstrom.
“It’s very difficult to put a price on Case Study homes because like a fine piece of art, they’re so unique and limited,” Kirman added.
Between 1945 and 1966, 36 case study houses were commissioned; 10 were never built, and a handful have been demolished or significantly remodeled. About 20 remain standing and true to their original design. Almost all are in the Los Angeles area.
In fact, this particular example is on the same street as some of its contemporaries like Case Study House No. 8, now better known as the Eames House, and Case Study House No. 20A, starchitect Richard Neutra’s Stuart Bailey House.
The single-story, two-bedroom spread has an “efficient and straightforward design,” that provides “a harmonious blend of functionality and style,” according to the listing.
It exudes mid-century style, from the white beamed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, to the wood-paneling and exposed-brick fireplaces.
“The sellers have taken great care of the home and have left original features that case study followers, admirers and buyers will certainly appreciate,” Kirman said.
There’s also ocean views from all of the public areas of the home, as well as plenty of outdoor space for entertaining.
The owners, who couldn’t be reached for comment, paid $6.5 million for the home in 2015, records with PropertyShark show.
[Corrections & Amplifications: The names of two of the listing agents in a previous version of this story were incorrect due to misinformation provided to Mansion Global]