Enchanting Streamline Moderne built for cartoonist Walter Lantz asking $3.2M in Toluca Lake

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Turning heads and capturing fancies in Toluca Lake is a striking Streamline Moderne built in 1934 for Walter Lantz. The pioneering animator is credited with making the sound era’s first Technicolor cartoon—1930’s “King of Jazz”—but is best known for creating the popular character of Woody Woodpecker.

According to the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey, the elegant residence was designed by Kenneth Worthen, Sr., an unlicensed architect who built many period revival homes throughout Toluca Lake and Burbank between 1930 and 1947.

Located a block north of the Lakeside Golf Club at 4217 Navajo Street, the two-story home contains four bedrooms, four baths, a living room, a formal dining room, a library, an office, and separate guest quarters within its 4,025 square feet of living space.

Character features include a gracefully curving staircase with steel railing, stepped-tray ceilings, hardwood floors, soffit lighting, two fireplaces, wood-paneled walls, steel-banded windows, art deco tile, and period fixtures.

Outside, there’s a generously sized saltwater swimming pool, a well-manicured lawn, a flower garden, and a detached four-car garage. On a .38-acre lot, the well-preserved property is asking $3.2 million. Seda Shumate of Ramsey Shilling Associates has the listing.


The entry foyer features towering ceilings and a glamorous curving staircase.

In the living room, soffit lighting casts an inviting glow.

The library has wood-paneled walls, built-in bookshelves, and one of the home’s two fireplaces.

Streamline moderne elements such as steel-banded casement windows and stepped ceilings are showcased in the bedroom.

The bathrooms feature original Art Deco-era tile and fixtures.

Sliding glass doors open to the saltwater pool.

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