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Magnificent midcentury modern by Rodney Walker available for lease in Sherman Oaks

Monthly rent is $10K

The modernist home has been impeccably preserved since its construction in 1949
Color photos by Cameron Carrothers, courtesy Christina Hildebrand/Crosby Doe Associates

Though the brilliant Rodney Walker is believed to have built more than 75 homes during his career, including Case Study Houses 16 through 18, frustratingly, only about 35 have been identified. Of those, a not-insignificant number have been demolished or altered beyond recognition.

Thankfully, the spectacular Asher Residence in Sherman Oaks suffered no such ill fate, and today appears much the same as it did when Walker completed it in 1949.

Located just below Mulholland Drive on a private road off Beverly Glen, the two-story home is a symphony in redwood, glass, and stone. Its upper level is devoted entirely to a master suite with private bath, and expansive roof deck offering 180-degree views. The lower level contains two bedrooms, three baths, an office, an open-plan living/dining area, kitchen, and laundry room.

Among the noteworthy features of the well-preserved residence are a brick fireplace, artfully designed light panels, built-in furniture and shelving, an accordion-style room divider, and swiveling windows.

On a .46-acre lot with mature trees and manicured gardens, the Asher Residence is now available for lease, furnished, at a monthly rent of $10,000.

The exquisite residence was once photographed by Julius Shulman
Julius Shulman/J. Paul Getty Trust/Getty Research Institute Los Angeles (2004)
Julius Shulman/J. Paul Getty Trust/Getty Research Institute Los Angeles (2004)