There are dreams and there is reality. Then there’s a place where the two meet.

Considered one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Santa Monica, The Canyon is home to an impressive array of to-die-for residences, but few are as notable as 612 E.

Let’s paint a picture. It’s a poolside picture where the sun strikes the rippled aqua pool water and kisses warm wooden lounge chairs with plush towels draped over them. In the picture we’ll add sky-high palm trees, a delicate mist carrying from the ocean into this vignette, and you.

Behind a fully mature garden and a Spanish Bungalow beats the heart of a house remade for artists. Open on Sunday, April 12 from 2:00pm-5:00pm.

Hugging the side of a canyon and with views out to the ocean, this 1923 Spanish/Arts & Crafts house takes a romantic look back at the Los Angeles of our dreams. Open on Sunday August 10 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

L.A.-based architecture firm Marmol Radziner are well-known for their prefab projects, including this beautiful but troubled home in Desert Hot Springs.

                                   While the rest of the country suffers from debilitating snowstorms and seasonal affective disorder, Angelenos in January suffer from a much different malady: art fair fatigue.

Remember Post-Modernism? OK, you're probably too young. But this 1981 condominium complex in Santa Monica is a classic example of what was once a radical surprise, and there's a unit for sale.

If it was especially hard to get out of bed this morning, blame the chill in the air that seems to always coincide with the first of November. It's that, or your bare hardwood floors.