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For sale: architect Rodney Walker’s ‘simple but magical’ O’Neill Duplex in Silver Lake
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Designed by architect Rodney Walker and built in 1953, the O'Neill Duplex No. 1 (above) is a reflection of the architect himself, says co-listing agent Courtney Pickard, and is "approachable, livable, and humble in what it's made of." It is now on the Southern California market. Photo: David Fitzgerald

One of the most architecturally rich areas in Los Angeles is the beautiful community of Silver Lake. There, works by modernist architects—including Neutra, Schindler, and Lautner—can be found throughout the hills, along with Streamline Moderne designs by William Kesling.

A unique property by Case Study House program architect Rodney Walker recently hit the Silver Lake market, the O'Neill Duplex No. 1.

 

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Built in 1953 and today designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 868), the duplex, located at 2342 Cove Avenue, is listed at $2,480,000 by Joe Reichling and Courtney Pickard with Compass Realty. Unit No. 2, now a single-family home, is not for sale.

The home is also on the Mills Act, a tax credit program that will allow the home's next owner a tax break through a contract that is grandfathered in with the property.

 

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Architect Rodney Walker: Case Study House program graduate.
 

"I'm so glad the property has been designated, and the Mills Act will be a real tax benefit to the new buyer," says Pickard. "The current owners of the property have done so much work on it; it’s kind of locked and loaded for the new owners."

Designed by Walker for client Virginia O'Neill, the home is a reflection of the architect himself, Pickard says, and is "approachable, livable, and humble in what it's made of."

 

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Photo: Eric Charles

"Here we have this man who didn't want to be a licensed architect," adds the realtor. "He considered himself a builder, and really focused on the affordability aspect of housing."

After a visit to the home, Pickard reminded us, "It's a very simple build here, and that's why it feels so magical, because it was just such an approachable way of living."

Another special aspect of the hillside property is its head-on view of the Silver Lake reservoir, and across the Hollywood Hills.

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