OK, it's true, I'll admit a weakness for rooms with horizontal wood paneling and beamed ceilings, and I'm probably not alone. Especially from trees the likes of which we'll never see again. Here's a house in San Francisco's Parkside neighborhood in almost original condition, including one of the two kitchens.

Last year, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected Lieutenant Governor. With a second child and no legal need to stay in San Francisco, the Newsom family moved to Marin County. Which is also an easier commute to Sacramento, but we think the real reason has to do with laundry. Their Ashbury Heights house just came on the market.

In San Francisco's Japantown, a condo within striking distance of sushi, cinema and the best spa in town.

Our readers sent in 47 before-and-after bedroom makeovers, and you voted on which one deserved a spot in our next issue.

On Sunday afternoon, after a seemingly endless week of rain, the clouds finally parted for the L.A. chapter of the American Institute of Architect's semi-annual Home Tour. This tour focused on the Westside of LA, with four houses spanning Santa Monica, Brentwood, Bel Air and West Hollywood. We made it to three out of four, skipping Cory Buckner's rehab of a two-story home in Brentwood's Crestwood Hills due to time constraints.

Design afficionado and collector Benny Aguilar sees a story in every piece of furniture that he brings into his 650-square-foot home. Looking at his midcentury headboard—a masculine, grain-rich piece with cerused wood slats and the original owner’s shoe horn hanging from a hook on one side—Aguilar muses aloud, “I wonder what the workers were talking about when they were building this.” It’s as if, by bringing this item into his home, he has also invited the ghosts of all who have touched it, including the man who sat on the edge of the bed each morning and slid his feet into his stiff leather shoes.

Transformed by the German artist Christian Moeller, this 1963 house in Los Angeles is on the market for $1,249,000, and recently reduced from $1,499,000.

It's a rare crystal-clear day here in the city by the bay, and readers, it is a true delight. Even up in Twin Peaks, a notoriously fog-filled neighborhood, I could make out the Golden Gate Bridge peeking out from over the distant hills. The beach and slate blue water lifted their omnipresent veil and called to me. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that this beautiful clarity lasts through the weekend.