Known for his trademark flourish of a birdhouse embedded in a roof, architect Robert Byrd designed many residences in Encino's upscale Rancho Estates neighborhood, including this rustic 1950s farmhouse on Encino Avenue. And guess who used to live here! That's right, "mega producer/director Ron Howard"! (Perhaps the headline gave it away?) Sited on half an acre, the 5,900-square-foot house features five bedrooms, six baths, vaulted ceilings, stone flooring, leaded glass windows, a Regal Beagle-esque pub, seven fireplaces, and, per the listing, "extensive use of wood and brick throughout," which is putting it mildly. There's also a full guesthouse that has been subjected to some fairly dire updates, a swimming pool and spa, rolling lawns, and a three-car garage. Asking price is $2.99 million.
· 4535 Encino Avenue [Estately]