As the listing says: "Designed as a modernist Roman Villa for John Kelsey and his family, wrapping around an Impluvium (a pool open to the sky within the house). The formal entrance gallery is a grand Miesian glass box."

Living in this house could inspire a return to jewelled caftans and fondue parties. Best of all, it's open on Sunday, October 23 from 2:00 to 5:00.

A beautifully-detailed renovation by Shortridge Architects in Pacific Palisades, with a video of the house right after work was completed, plus pictures of how the current owners have comfortably settled in. Or see it for yourself— the house is open on Sunday October 16, 2011 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM.

Not to worry, there's room for a pool. And worth a visit if you're in LA— there's an open house on Sunday, October 16th from 2-5pm.

In West Hollywood, this irresistible mash-up of styles looks like a great place for a party.

If you looked at as many real estate listings as we do, you'd find both uninspired landscaping and uninteresting art on the walls. Just not always, we're glad to report.

Signature works by great architects don't always sell. Here are two properties designed by architect Gregory Ain— both with respectful additional work by two other eminent LA architects, Michael Folonis and Pierre Koenig— one for a radical collective in Silver Lake, the other a handsome house for progressive lawyer Ben Margolis, in Los Feliz.

Iconic- and idolized- architect John Lautner (2011-1994) got his start with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesen, moved to Los Angeles to supervise Wright's projects, and went on to his own career designing some of the most radical residential work built in Los Angeles and Southern California in the 20th Century. These days, his houses are much sought-after by Hollywood's creative community.

In the Tendernob— on the edge of one of San Francisco's "polite" neighborhoods and one of its seedier ones, close to Union Square and downtown— this vintage classic is on the market.

A beautifully-detailed house built by welders instead of carpenters in a Birkenstock-friendly neighborhood. Under ten feet wide and in an uneasy alliance with the neighbors, it's a Minimalist cottage perfect for someone with their own expectations about what a house should be.