Posts by Philip Ferrato

  On a  site in Los Feliz so steep that probably no one ever thought to build on, an architect assembled a four-level green complex of parking, studio, pool and house.  

    An 1881 cottage in the Silver Lake/Echo Park area of Los Angeles. Whether there's a second bedroom and bath is open to interpretation. Literally.

  With an award-winning garden and a pool that multitasks as outdoor lighting and a water feature, this classic mid-century in Pasadena is on the market. As for the bulbs, we're thinking they're probably LEDs that won't need replacing anytime soon.

In San Francisco, sometimes those pretty Victorians hide a minimalist heart.  

    In the early 1950's Bay Area architect William Wurster and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin put together Greenwood Common, an alternative plan to the suburbs that were spreading across the country. One of the ten houses there just came on the market.

  This old-school Pasadena mid-century condo might well have housed an archetypical "little old lady from Pasadena." It now makes a great case for her to hang in a while longer.

  Los Angeles after WWII (and before air-conditioning) was a hotbed of both political radicalism and modern design. Sometimes they joined forces and experimented in "Modern" living.   

  Sometimes, not even the sleekest design or best green intentions will sell a house. Maybe accidentally having a great party space will do it.

  In San Francisco, a house can't make up its mind what it wants to be when it grows up. And is full of surprises.

  Sometimes, reducing the price is the key to selling your house. In this case, $3.5M off the top seems to have done trick. With apologies to both Samuel Colerigde and Olivia Newton-John.