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30 Patio Ideas to Make Your Backyard Look Incredible

Kick back under the sun with these stylish designer ideas for outdoor spaces.<p>Whether you have a porch, pool, or patio, our guide to creating a luxurious outside area will help you take full advantage of warm weather. Oh, and don't miss our top swimming pool designs and outdoor kitchens!

Landscaping

Walk-through: Classical finishes, expansive backyard define Mill Valley farmhouse

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character.<p>More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough<p><b>Address:</b> 151 Elm Ave., Mill Valley<p><b>Asking price:</b> $3.95 million<p><b>Description:</b> Designed by Barbara Chambers, this four-bedroom farmhouse …

Own Marlon Brando's Leicht House Above Sunset Strip

WOW House: The wild neo-Gothic A.F. Leicht house where Marlon Brando famously played the bongos for Edward R. Murrow is now for sale.<p>LOS ANGELES, CA …

Marlon Brando

Marmol Radziner - Arts District Loft

Against the industrial backdrop of the existing concrete floor and exposed structural concrete of the ceiling of this 2,000-square-foot loft are …

This Glass House and "Shiny Shed" Merge With Nature in Minnesota

Expansive glass walls and a reflective mirrored shed blissfully blend this home with its natural setting.<p>Minneapolis–based firm ALTUS Architecture + Design have designed a unique 2,850-square-foot residence in Woodland, Minnesota, by marrying glass-house architecture with a reflective "shiny" shed. …

Architecture

A Restored Midcentury Jewel by Richard Neutra Hits the Market at $13.5M

Originally built in 1954, the Hammerman House in L.A. underwent a thoughtful renovation by Neutra scholar and architect John Bertram.<p>Located in the posh neighborhood of Bel Air, 201 Bentley Circle is an updated midcentury gem by Richard Neutra, whose influence over California modernism cannot be …

Architecture

Eureka Valley home affords grand views, sumptuous finishes

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough<p><b>Address:</b> 4031 21st St., San Francisco<p><b>Asking price:</b> $3.495 million<p><b>Description:</b> Stellar views and refined finishes await at this …

Wicker Park home with private keyed elevator asks $864K

Norsman Architects designed the residence with a sliding glass wall<p>Turn the corner on this quiet, tree-lined street and you’ll run into quite the statement home. This Wicker Park residence sets itself apart with an asymmetrically-framed entrance and mostly black exterior.<p>Chicago-based Norsman …

Trailers reveal snippets of upcoming Dieter Rams documentary

Filmmaker Gary Hustwit has released a series of trailers offering a preview of an upcoming feature-length documentary that focuses on the life and …

Richard Meier's 1960s Smith House captured in new photographs

One of American architect Richard Meier's earliest projects, the Smith House, is portrayed in a fresh set of images by photographer Mike Schwartz to …

Gargantuan, $7.7 million modern masterpiece shows transformation of SF's 'hottest neighborhood'

Homes to hit the market in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood used to be small cottages, fixer-upper bungalows and 1920s tract homes that cost under $1 million.<p>Now, they have their own names and multimillion-dollar price tags.<p>"Noe Looking Glass" listed for $7.7 million is the latest in a string …

This D.C. Rowhouse is Serving Up Major Homebody Vibes

Things we love about this Property Crush:<p>D.C. has a fabulous restaurant scene, but with this kitchen, cooking at home would be a pleasure. Decked out …

Living Rooms

Records to Die For 2018 Page 2

<b>David R. Adler</b><p><b>Cal Collins: By Myself</b><br>Cal Collins, guitar<br>Concord Jazz CJ-119 (LP). 1980. Frank Dorritie, prod.; Phil Edwards, eng. AAA. TT: 35:88<p>The …

This Fixer Upper Bungalow Is Under $350K

It may not be a fixer-upper any longer, but this beautiful Waco property is certainly on the market. Patti Baker, a mother of two who had her gut …

Living Rooms

Cliffside Carmel compound featured in classic Clint Eastwood film asks $11 million

Back in the early 1970s, when Clint Eastwood was looking for a Carmel abode to stage the final fight in his directorial debut, “Play Misty for Me,” he couldn’t have asked for a better situated property than 162 Spindrift Rd.<p>The cliffside home features large glass doors and an upper-level deck …

Clint Eastwood

Watch the Beatles Age Together in this Cool Digital Portrait Time Lapse

Watch the Fab Four go from fresh-faced youth down to two remaining knights as their hits play in the background. YouTuber Angel Nene says they used …

OMG, I Want This House, Palm Springs (Photos)

The Daily Beast presents a look at one of the most insane houses in the world.<p>Intro: When it comes to design these days, all anyone can talk about is …

Palm Springs

We Just Found the Tiny House of Your Dreams

Who knew it was possible to fit this much charm in 396 square feet?<p>To all those tiny houses outside of the South, we don’t want to say we told you …

Country Lifestyle

Tom Givone's Floating Farmhouse features a glazed waterside kitchen

Designer Tom Givone has overhauled a farmhouse in rural New York, with the addition of a glass-fronted extension overlooking a creek.<p>Self-taught …

Freshly completed waterfront paradise overlooks Tiburon’s Lyford Cove

Builder Joe Sherer designed the home on the shores Tiburon’s Lyford Cove for himself. But virtually anyone can appreciate the refined material palette, endless views and thoughtful built-ins at 2070 Paradise Drive.<p>Five years after acquiring the land and making his first drawings, Sherer finally …

How to Listen to Music: A Free Course from Yale University

Taught by Yale professor Craig Wright, this course, <i>Listening to Music</i>, operates on the assumption that listening to music is "not simply a passive …

A Midcentury Schindler Gem With a Writer's Studio Asks $2.3M

Built in 1946, this sculptural home for sale in Studio City celebrates the work of Rudolph Schindler, the seminal architect who pioneered the Southern California modernism movement we still love today.<p>Bathed in natural light and defined by eye-catching geometry, the Schindler-designed Roxy Roth …

Architecture

Groovy midcentury home asks $1.2M after refresh

Updated for smart-home living<p><i>Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the</i> <i>tipline</i> <i>and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got.</i><p><b>Location:</b> Richardson, Texas<p><b>Price:</b> $1,200,000<p>A groovy midcentury modern home is on the market …

Watch Phil Lesh Flip Through New Grateful Dead Photobook _Eyes of the World_

A new photobook will chronicle the Grateful Dead's legendary 30-year run from 1965 to Jerry Garcia's death in 1995 as Eyes of the World brings …

Rock Music

Berkeley 4-bedroom boasts enticing outdoor areas, bay views

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough<p><b>Address:</b> 462 Michigan Ave., Berkeley<p><b>Asking price:</b> $1.95 million<p><b>Description:</b> There are bay views from all the main level’s public …

Dining Rooms

Kessler Residence

Dallas, Texas<p>Low, sweeping proportions and open expanses visually engage the landscape and a series of levels and landings speak to mid-century roots. Visitors and inhabitants alike are gracefully guided throughout and framed views offer different perspectives on the home’s wooded surroundings, …

Architecture

Before-and-after photos: San Rafael Eichler is a five-month flip

This four-bedroom, two-bathroom Eichler in San Rafael is new to the market — well, sort of new. Fans of Eichler homes may feel some déjà vu here, and rightfully so, as the same property was also on the market less than six months ago.<p>But as the gallery of before-and-after photos shows, 811 Colindas …

Real Estate

The 10 essential tracks to listen to with new headphones

10 essential tracks to try when sampling a new pair of cans<p>As <i>The Verge</i>’s resident headphones obsessive, I hear a few questions quite often: what are the best Bluetooth headphones, where can I find those $1,000 cans for less than $100, and what music do you use for testing in your reviews? The first …

Audiophile

50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash<p>Jimi Hendrix's first album is one of the most exciting and important records ever made, a …

Guitar

Rock and Roll to Break Your Writer's Block To

Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett's Lotta Sea Lice charmingly riffs on the question of where inspiration comes from.<p>Courtney Barnett, the Melbourne indie-rock singer capable of turning such topics as real estate and elevator chitchat into droll, heartrending parables, was having trouble coming up with …

Groundhog Day