The 1,857-square-foot house is one of the largest in a development of 52 so-called "Modernique Homes," which strove to combine good design and low cost. Conal and Ross were both interested in the Ain homes before they met in 1987.

"They were designed with a romantically progressive ideal of everyday social interaction, including contiguous — shared — lawns," Conal said.

The couple increased the size and improved the function of the house while retaining such original details as the sliding room dividers, clerestory windows and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Houses in the tract follow variations of similar footprints that can be configured to suit the owners' needs.

"The thing I love most about the floor plan is that it is completely laid out for 'Mom,' " Conal said, calling it "a true matriarchal design — in 1948." The kitchen is in the front of the house with the sink looking out the front window. "Mom can see anyone approaching the house, as well as the kids, if they happen to be playing out front."

The pair added bamboo flooring, a new kitchen and an art studio. The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

"Each bedroom has built-in closets and dressers," Conal said. "It's almost designed like a boat for efficiency of usable space."

Conal is known for his depictions of political figures and guerilla street posters that blanketed cities overnight. He has a painting in the Museum of Contemporary Art's "The Artists' Museum," which opened Oct. 31.

Ross did the title designs for films including "Michael Clayton" (2007), "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999) and "The English Patient" (1996). She also designed Conal's three books.

Scott King and Brian Linder of Deasy, Penner & Partners have the listing.

Rocker rolls out of Woodland Hills

Richard Fortus, rhythm and lead guitarist for the rock band Guns N' Roses, has placed his Woodland Hills house on the market at $549,000.

The single-story contemporary has an open floor plan and cherry plank flooring. The kitchen features granite countertops and new stainless-steel appliances. There are three bedrooms, 13/4 bathrooms and 1,500 square feet of living space.

A swimming pool, a covered patio, a barbecue and an outdoor living room with a built-in kitchen complete the grounds.

Fortus, 43, joined Guns N' Roses in 2001. He tours with the band and played on the album "Chinese Democracy." He also has played with the Psychedelic Furs, recorded film scores and toured with artists such as Enrique Iglesias and Rihanna.

Susan Motter of Rodeo Realty's Woodland Hills office is the listing agent.

New director at Oscar winner's home

Update: A Brentwood home designed by Roland Coate for Academy Award-winning director William A. Wellman has sold for $7.5 million. The Connecticut farmhouse-style compound had come on the market in February at $10 million.

Reached by a long driveway that created the feel of a country lane, the two-story house sits on 3 acres of meadows and woods with a pool, a pool house, a putting green, a horse corral and walking paths. The compound, built in 1942, was the scene of parties and family gatherings. There are seven bedrooms and 91/2 bathrooms in 6,295 square feet of living space.

Wellman, who died in 1975 at age 79, directed the silent film "Wings" (1927), which won the first best picture Oscar. He won a best original story Oscar for "A Star is Born" (1937).

Mary Lu Tuthill and Kathleen Tuthill of Coldwell Banker, Brentwood, had the listing. Kathleen Tuthill represented the buyer.