Open House Obsession: Two Ways to Live Mid-Mid-Market in SF

San Francisco's Mid-Market neighborhood has long been a target for renewal, but it wasn't until a major payroll tax break brought in Twitter, Zynga, and other digital ventures did the neighborhood get on its way as a place to both live and work. Here are two wildly different places on the market that bookend the neighborhood's residential style and are open on Sunday, November 11.

967 Natoma Street, $849K

Conjuring up images of "Tales of the City," this c.1917 structure (top, and below) probably had a previous life as a stable, but now the 1-bed, 1-bath, 1-car garage wraps around a courtyard full of tropical plants, assorted deities, and a koi pond like a wacky aunt. The listing say "expansion potential" which is true, but expansion would wipe out its inherent charms.

If that's what you're up for, however, there's probably no reason why you couldn't turn this into a 3-story, family-ready house. Either way, worth a visit. On a narrow street that seem to veer step-by-step between charm and grunge.

Open Sunday, November 11 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM

1234 Howard Street, $1.08M

Think of it as an iPhone for living. One of those condos so rigorously designed you have to throw out everything you own, revamp your wardrobe and get new titanium eyeglass frames. In a building designed by San Francisco's uber-minimalist architect Stanley Saitowitz, the 1-bed, 1.5-bath flat is a linear plan of open and enclosed spaces and a lot of acid-etched white glass, and although the listing says two bedooms, that's debatable. The bathrooms are seriously sublime but not very private, and having been in a few of the units in this building, we can vouch for the impeccable detailing throughout.

We love the exterior louvers that change the facade as occupants adjust the light, and see it as one of the most beautiful apartment buildings in San Francisco, but it may still make you feel fat.

Open Sunday, November 11 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM

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