Posts by Philip Ferrato

  Artists get to build unconventional houses. Here's one for sale in Tujunga made of industrial steel components and wrapped around a swimming pool.

  In La Jolla, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright built a group of houses on a ridge. One of them is for sale.

Portola Valley was, for decades, a weekend retreat for well-off San Franciscans, and this sophisticated ranch is for sale there.

  Donald Wexler is one of the defining architects of the mid-century Palm Springs Modern style. The house he designed for Dinah Shore in 1964 is for sale after an over-the-top renovation.

Remember Post-Modernism? OK, you're probably too young. But this 1981 condominium complex in Santa Monica is a classic example of what was once a radical surprise, and there's a unit for sale.

    Using a palette of redwood, brick, concrete and glass, Carl Marston built this home in the Hollywood Hills for himself and his family. It's been completely renovated and is on the market for $3,250,000.

This knotty-pine extravaganza is perfect for both Pilgrim-themed parties and reenactments of your favorite 60's sitcoms, and it's on the market. If you move fast, you should be in by Thanksgiving.

  Sometimes, we want to make our own places to live that are just as individual as our professional careers.  Artist/entrepreneur John Holmes did just that at his compound in Penngrove, in Sonoma County, but he hasn't had much luck selling it.

There are only so many places to live on San Francisco's Russian Hill. Its buildings are a chronicle of the city's culture and history, undamaged by the 1906 fire, later threatened with destruction by hi-rise buildings in the 1960's and now preserved. The Hermitage was the last project built on the historic hill, in 1986, and there's a penthouse on the market.

Richard Neutra was one of the defining architects of the last century, especially in Los Angeles, and one of his iconic houses came on the market last week in Pacific Palisades.