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For $18K, rent a midcentury modern dream home in the Hollywood Hills

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Designed by architect Eugene Kinn Choy

Living room with glass walls
The house has walls of glass and a stone fireplace in the living room.
Photos courtesy Sotheby’s International Real Estate

We don’t know many people with $18,000 to spend on rent, but if we did, we’d visit them at this incredible midcentury modern home in the Hollywood Hills.

Located just above Runyon Canyon Park, the house was built in 1959 and designed by pioneering architect Eugene Kinn Choy. The first Asian-American architect accepted into the Southern California chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Choy also designed the elegant Cathay Bank building in Chinatown.

This home, called the Brander House, was photographed by celebrated architectural photographer Julius Shulman in 1961, and based on those images, it seems to be in mostly original condition.

The house hit the market earlier this year for the first time since 1972. Advertised for $9.3 million, it’s now listed as a rental.

Featuring 3,772 square feet of living space, the home has three bedrooms and an office space or guest room, along with four bathrooms. Interior features include hardwood floors, walls of glass, exposed beams, and sliding doors that provide outdoor access from nearly every room. A concrete breeze block forms one wall of the home’s covered entrance, which includes a shallow pond and skylights.

The residence sits on an acre of land with plenty of garden space, a large swimming pool, a tennis court, and a sauna. Monthly rent is $18,000.

Front view of house
Living room with view of garden
Tile bathroom
Side view of house with swimming pool