Posts by Philip Ferrato

Sometimes, realtors and their clients like to be coy. Here's a house in Oakland that's not on the MLS, has no address, and the price is available only "on request."

  This charming William Wurster house in Berkeley has been languishing on the market since May, 2010. Let's see if a little surgery won't bring out its inherent good looks.

Marin County's Sausalito is full of quirky mid-century houses. This one's renovation takes it completely over the top.

  The Cold War was on, Eisenhower and Nixon were in office. The Red Scare was in full swing, especially in Los Angeles, and someone built this house.

There's something to be said for minimalist design as an opportunity to get rid of everything. This condo almost requires it, and liberation can finally be yours for $609K.

The hills of Berkeley are full of hidden mid-century gems. This beautifully restored period house is available for $2.5M.

Pacific Heights is full of grand mansions- this is probably the only one with an indoor sports court with French doors to a terrace. No word on whether it has an electronic scoreboard. All this, plus bullet-proof windows, can be yours for $32M.

It's not every day a house by modernist master Antoine Predock comes on the market, but this one's been languishing, unbought for about six months and reduced by $351K.

  San Francisco's Clarendon Heights neighborhood of is full of mid-century modern houses by interesting architects. This one was built at the end of the Depression and on the brink of World War II.

"You've never seen anything like this in Marin!" says the realtor. She's right. You haven't.