Fairfax home built for Oscar-winner Wallace Beery returns to market

Fairfax home built for actor Wallace Beery in the 1930s is now for sale at $1.685 million.
The Fairfax home, a pristine example of the Streamline Moderne style, was designed and built for actor Wallace Beery in the 1930s. It’s now for sale at $1.685 million.
(Adam Latham)

In Fairfax, a Streamline Moderne-style home designed and built for Academy Award-winning actor Wallace Beery has resurfaced at $1.685 million, a slight price increase from when it was last on the market in 2019.

Berry, who appeared in more than 230 films and won a best actor Oscar for “The Champ” in 1931, had the home built in 1936 and used it as a retreat while working at the nearby studios.

The home, designed by local architect William Kesling, features strong horizontal lines and wing-like pergola gates that reflect Beery’s passion for aircraft and flying. Bands of windows, sharp angles and clerestory windows reinforce the aerodynamic design.


The 1,404-square-foot floor plan contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms. A step-up dining nook with built-in seating sits off the kitchen. Across from the dining area is a living room with high ceilings and a period fireplace.

The restored house was previously owned by television producer Michael Taylor, whose credits include the shows “Caprica” (2010) and “Battlestar Galactica” (2008-09). During his ownership, Taylor converted the landscaping to more drought-tolerant plants and upgraded the interiors with surround sound. He sold the place in 2011 for $875,000, records show.

Adi Perez of the Agency holds the listing.