Location: Lake Merritt, Oakland, California
I submitted an application to rent my apartment, sight unseen, as I was making a rather speedy move from the East Coast. (Small world alert! One of our House Tour participants, Colleen, lives in Fay's old DC apartment! - Janel) I was instantly smitten by the charming elements of the pre-war building: hardwood flooring, crown molding, cut glass doorknobs and the working fireplace. If these elements weren't enough, the apartment has large paned windows on three sides that flood the place with natural lighting all hours of the day.