Bertram, left, stands on the front porch with his wife, the actress and writer Ann Magnuson. She purchased the house after the 1992 Los Angeles riots. "The area was still dicey then, but the price was right," she says. The couple met in 2000, when Bertram tagged along with a friend to a birthday celebration at the performer's house. "I wanted to go because it was a Neutra house, but the party was so insane, we only spoke briefly," recalls Bertram, who wed Magnuson in 2002. "The next morning my friend and I came back to help clean up, and Ann mentioned she wanted to get new cushions for the built-in sofa. I brought over some fabrics on another visit, but by then I was definitely more interested in her than reupholstering."
Christine House / For The Times