Posts by Philip Ferrato

    On the outer edges of Los Angeles, a rustic house built with stone from a nearby quarry and timber re-purposed from the Venice Pier.

    There's no view of San Francisco here, but we'd rather look at Angel Island, right?

    Like the rest of the country, the real estate market in Palm Springs has been suffering. Here's a short sale now priced at $324K less than it sold for in 2006.

    The Storybook Style was popular in the 1920's and '30s. In Tiburon, there's a rough-hewn example that approaches folk art in its execution.

  Buy it, just don't change a thing.

  A bathroom guaranteed to wake you up. The rest of the house is equally intense.

  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.