Actor Zac Efron, whose elfin face has mugged in such seminal classics as High School Musical, 17 Again, and Hairspray, has gone and listed his piece of L.A.'s architectural history, hoisting the Rodney Walker design he bought in 2008 onto the market for $2.849M. Though the spread only comes with 2,424 square feet and two bedrooms, Efron's place, which he got for $2.35M, commands a pretty penny for its pedigree; plans for the 1947 single-story were devised for Los Angeles' esteemed Case Study House program, a magazine-sponsored series that established L.A. as a hotspot for midcentury architecture.
What, exactly, is a Case Study House? Well, from 1945 to 1966—arguably the golden years of Los Angeles housing architecture—Arts & Architecture magazine recruited the likes of Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen to build inexpensive model homes around L.A. county. Efron has the keys to an early design, though the listing notes that the house itself wasn't built until after the program officially ended. There's a black-and-white photo credited to Arts & Architecture amidst the listing photos, which illustrates rather beautifully the home's description on the Wikipedia page for Case Study Houses: "Remodeled Beyond Recognition." In any case, the place is clearly of their ilk, with one low-sprawl story, walls of glass "in every room," and a "seamless indoor/outdoor flow," or so the brokerbabble boasts. The place is (sadly) no time-capsule home, as it's brimming with 21st-century touches, including heated concrete floors and an infinity pool "with an ozone system." Photos, below.
· 7861 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Los Angeles, Calif. [Redfin via Redfin Blog]
· All Case Study Houses coverage [Curbed National]