A West Hollywood-area home built for Oscar winner Wallace Beery in the 1930s is on the market at $1,075,000.
The actor commissioned local architect William Kesling to build the retreat close to the studios so he could go there during filming. The Streamline Moderne design, with exterior horizontal "speed lines" and wing-like pergola gates, reflects Beery's love of aircraft and flying. The 1,404-square-foot open plan house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The home was restored and updated in 1980. The current owner, TV producer Michael Taylor, redid the landscaping, adding eco-friendly plantings, a rear patio, a koi pond and walking paths. He upgraded the interiors with surround sound throughout the house, installed a tankless water heater and central air conditioning, and reconditioned the fireplace to run on gas.
Berry, who died in 1949 at 64, won his best actor Oscar for "The Champ" (1931). He appeared in more than 230 films.
Taylor's credits include the series "Caprica" (2010), "Battlestar Galactica" (2008-09) and "Stephen King's Dead Zone" (2002-06). He bought the property in 1999 for $449,000, according to public records.
Victoria Massengale of Keller Williams Realty, Beverly Hills, is the listing agent.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times