There's so much great residential design in Los Angeles, and like the city itself, always in flux. Styles get revived, get tired, get renovated, and then look dated again, and depending on the economy, get renovated again. Here are five open houses this Sunday worth visiting even if you're not in the market. in Santa Monica, a Mid-Century whose 90s renovation is showing its age and a Post-Modern condo that's still looking OK.

Want to spend the weekend touring the best of San Francisco's on-the-market real estate? We recommend these five open houses: two classic San Francisco condominiums on the edge of Nob Hill— from the days when it was the place to live— and three in SOMA, one a suite in the St. Regis that's a short sale plus a pair of lofts in vintage warehouse renovations.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of those days where most people wind up with chicken wings and guacamole in front of big-screen TVs, and that goes for realtors, too.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of those days where most people wind up with chicken wings in front of big-screen TVs, and that goes for realtors, too.

What would Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles be with an open house or two after brunch? It's the best way to see what's on the market without being tethered to a real estate agent- required for house hunters and a guilty pleasure for the rest of us. Be sure to check the listings links to confirm times.

What would Sunday afternoon in San Francisco be without an open house or two after brunch? It's the best way to see what's on the market without being tethered to a real estate agent- good for serious house hunters and a guilty pleasure for the rest of us. Check the listings to confirm times. If it's raining, be prepared to take off your shoes and wear your best socks.

Unless all your friends already live in Palm Springs, when you buy a place there you can expect a lot of guests. Here's a house where the issue of guests has been addressed by professionals.

If you're like us, you've been looking around your kitchen, thinking about the holidays, and wondering how you're going to pull it off. All this week we've been looking at entertaining-ready kitchens that you may not find under the tree but can still go on your wish list. The holiday forecast for Lake Tahoe is a mix of sunny and cloudy, with no snow expected until around New Year's Day. Maybe this will show up in your stocking next year?

If you're like us, you've been looking around your kitchen, thinking about the holidays, and wondering how you're going to pull it off. This week we'll be looking at entertaining-ready kitchens that you may not find under the tree but can still go on your wish list. Here's one in Marin County's Mill Valley.

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