Posts by Philip Ferrato

Los Angeles is full of vast, stucco condo buildings— few of which are especially interesting. Here are three recent projects open this weekend really worth a look.

San Francisco's Mid-Market— the sorry stretch of Market Street from roughly 6th Street to Van Ness Avenue— is currently undergoing a change as brand-new start-ups join successful firms like Twitter and Zynga thanks to a massive payroll tax break by the city.

Silver Lake (or Silverlake) is one of our favorite neighborhoods, full of classic examples of LA's Modernist tradition, with houses by Schindler, a whole colony of Neutra houses, and a slew of others scattered around the two hills flanking the reservoir.

In sharp contrast to the currently overheated San Francisco and Peninsula housing markets, a lot of Oakland is just very warm. There's a lot of house to be had in some great neighborhoods.

Someone once aptly described him as a "desert architect," and Donald Wexler is responsible for much of Palm Spring's iconic Mid-Century look over a long career. This classic Post & Beam he designed in 1961 is on the market and has an open house on Saturday, May 26. 

There's not much to look at this holiday weekend— even realtors are taking a break— but this cottage may be one of the last untouched Arts & Crafts houses in town, in an historic neighborhood and just downhill from Macondary Lane.

Driving around LA's older neighborhoods, you can't help but notice those tall green hedges, right up against the sidewalk with a gate or door set into them. Concealing the house behind from prying eyes, theyr'e better than solid walls, having the advantage of being graffiti-proof. Here are three examples, all built in the '20s within a few minutes drive, open on Sunday, May 20th.

There's not a lot of new family-size construction in San Francisco's iconic Nob hill neighborhood. With a roof deck big enough for a private playground, this may prove to be someone's dream house. You can live here vicariously (if very briefly) on Sunday afternoon.

We looked online and found 78 houses with pools open on Sunday, May 13 in LA County. A quick scan of the listings brought us to these two houses, both sort of awful and sort of fabulous, for people who like their bling in espresso-stained wood and indoor water features. Both are great places for 200 of your best friends on a warm weekend night.

Three prime examples of the uniquely San Franciscan full-floor flat, these Post-Victorians come with their own quirks. Sometimes, they can seem long and narrow, but also offer a lot in their generous proportions, traditional details, and privacy.

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