Home of the Week: Contemporary Eagle Rock house has garage on top

Accessed by a driveway bridge, this downtown-close contemporary was constructed on a lot previously considered unbuildable because of the steep grade. The newly built house is recessed into the site and designed with the garage on top to minimize obstruction of the neighbors' views. Existing walnut and oak trees create privacy.

Location: 4865 Mount Royal Drive, Eagle Rock 90041

Asking price: $669,000 or for lease at $3,500 a month

Year built: 2011

Architect: Christopher Griffin

House size: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms, 2,117 square feet

Lot size: 0.28 of an acre

Features: Living room, dining room and bedroom balconies; 15-foot-tall living room ceiling; tankless water heater; fire sprinklers.

About the area: In the first half of the year, 73 single-family homes sold in the 90041 ZIP Code at a median price of $415,000, according to DataQuick. That was a 7.3% decrease from the median during the first half of 2010.

Listing agents: Cheryl Manansala, (818) 380-5100, Keller Williams, Encino/Sherman Oaks; and Anita Rich, (818) 432-1565, Keller Williams, Studio City

—Lauren Beale

To submit a candidate for Home of the Week, send high-resolution color photos on a CD, written permission from the photographer to publish the images and a description of the house to Lauren Beale, Business, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Send questions to