Posts by Philip Ferrato

Cutting-edge when it was finished in 2000, 369 Upper Terrace is a renovated Mid-Century with views to the Pacific Ocean. It still looks great. If you have time for one open house this weekend, this is it.

Whether you call them Spanish, Mediterranean, or Andalucian, these stucco houses were all the rage in 1920s Los Angeles, in a style filtering through economic levels from grand mansions to apartment houses.  Here are three single-family houses open this Sunday, April 22— a stucco cottage in Silver L

Berkeley was long a testing ground for new ideas in residential design, receptive to the Arts & Crafts movement and full of Shingle-Style houses both by anonymous builders and well-known architects, and later, the Progressive community that UC Berkeley attracted wanted the modest, modern houses

We've chosen three houses open this weekend, each an example of different ways live in LA. 512 S. Norton Avenue, Windsor Square/Hancock Park, $1.595M (pictured above)We're loving this quirky 4-bed, 3-bath c.1922 and vaguely English house in the Windsor Square neighborhood for a few reasons.

Actually, the most important part of our criteria for this was having more than just one bathroom. Two flats are in the inner Mission, an historic and rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, and one is the loosely-bordered Irving neighborhood of the Inner Sunset.

LA's most interesting residential direction is in tightly-packed, multi-level dwellings, well-connected to intimate outdoor spaces with private roof-top decks with views over the neighborhood.

Julia Morgan is probably best known for one thing— wrangling the whims, ambitions and shopping sprees of William Randolph Hearst into San Simeon– but she's also responsible for more than 700 buildings in a career that started before the 1906 earthquake.

Heading to the West Side this weekend, there's some great stuff to look at— in Santa Monica, a 1932 "adobe" that looks an awful lot like a Cliff May, a cottage in Brentwood and a small house in Venice behind an austere white wall— all updated and looking move-in ready.

Like last week, this weekend's most interesting open house in the Bay Area— in terms of design and price— is this classic Mid-Century Modern in Kensington (just north of Berkeley.) It's had a crisp rehab by Bee Renovated and is ready to move into.

A lot of extravagant Mid-Century Modern comes on the market in Los Angeles— built during the post-war boom— but it's rare to see that mid-century life style so well preserved.

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