Posts by Philip Ferrato

    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.  

    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.