In an otherwise languishing real estate market, this condo went "pending" in less than a day.

Up in the Berkeley Hills, there's a (mostly) renovated house from 1962 with the perfect view towards the Golden Gate Bridge, framing the America's Cup Race route. Invest in binoculars to offer to your guests.

A Modernist house, built below street level but wide open in the back,  is on the market in Los Feliz. The realtor describes it as a "hidden treasure".

Once the home of an eminent UC Berkeley English professor, this c.1933 house has a host of places for your extended library.

Pacific Heights is full of big traditional houses, many now too formal to live in comfortably. Here's one that functions in the 21st Century.

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.

It's not quite in the Liberty Hill Historic District and a few feet outside the Mission, and probably in Dolores Heights. Whatever, it's on a beautiful block in a classic San Francisco location.

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

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.