Posts by Philip Ferrato

  Most of us put up with the standard-issue 5-by-8-foot space allotted to bathrooms. We think that's insufferably inadequate for such an important room,  especially if we have to share. So here are five baths we'd happily trade up to.

  Not every day you see a house with seven bedrooms and its own parking lot. Almost completely un-remodeled. Just leave the kitchen alone.    

  In a town where parking issues can take on monumental proportions, the realtor announces in the listing, in caps: VERY EASY PARKING AT ALL TIMES OF THE DAY AND NIGHT. 

    In the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, a pair of siblings–two single family modern houses fill an empty lot where a house had burned down twenty years earlier.

    Exactly the kind of house the Cleavers, the Reeds, and Dr. Marcus Welby could have lived in.

    San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood is known for  both luxurious places to live and great views. Here's a 1920's cooperative apartment with both, on the market for $5.25M. 

  In the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles, someone dreaming of the Alps– or maybe just cowbells and raclette– built this "chalet" in 1923.

Sometimes, the generic houses built during San Francisco's post-war expansion get renovated via the DIY/Big Box stores. With predictably boring results. Here's an outstanding exception that just came on the market last week, asking $899K

  Buff, Straub & Hensman was one of Los Angeles area's most influential and successful architectural firms, and their career started with post-and-beam houses like this one in Pasadena. It just hit the market this week, asking $1.375M, and it surprisingly kid-friendly for the 1950's.

Pierre Koenig is one of the icons of Mid-Century architecture in Southern California, especially in the Los Angeles area. Here in Rancho Palos Verde, just south of LA, is a house he designed in the mid-1960s.