Actually, the most important part of our criteria for this was having more than just one bathroom. Two flats are in the inner Mission, an historic and rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, and one is the loosely-bordered Irving neighborhood of the Inner Sunset.

LA's most interesting residential direction is in tightly-packed, multi-level dwellings, well-connected to intimate outdoor spaces with private roof-top decks with views over the neighborhood.

Julia Morgan is probably best known for one thing— wrangling the whims, ambitions and shopping sprees of William Randolph Hearst into San Simeon– but she's also responsible for more than 700 buildings in a career that started before the 1906 earthquake.

Heading to the West Side this weekend, there's some great stuff to look at— in Santa Monica, a 1932 "adobe" that looks an awful lot like a Cliff May, a cottage in Brentwood and a small house in Venice behind an austere white wall— all updated and looking move-in ready.

Like last week, this weekend's most interesting open house in the Bay Area— in terms of design and price— is this classic Mid-Century Modern in Kensington (just north of Berkeley.) It's had a crisp rehab by Bee Renovated and is ready to move into.

Looking for something fresh to do this weekend? If your obsession with modern homes runs as deeply as ours does, check out the first Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour this Saturday.

A lot of extravagant Mid-Century Modern comes on the market in Los Angeles— built during the post-war boom— but it's rare to see that mid-century life style so well preserved.

If you've only got time for one open house this weekend. this almost-untouched little redwood cottage on Ashby Avenue in the Elmwood neighborhood gets our vote.

For architecture buffs/fanatics/collectors, there's a great Pierre Koenig cantilevering out over the Hollywood Hills, plus three smart Post-and-Beam houses combing original details and attractive renovation.

This weekend, four very stylish San Francisco classics, all different—  a condo actually in the Financial District skyline, an exercise in minimalism in SOMA, a rooftop pied-à-terre, and a classic Pacific Heights condo, updated.