Open House Report, LA Edition: 5 Places to Check Out on Sunday Afternoon, January 29th

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.

1372-74 Edgecliff Drive, Silverlake, $745K: (above) Walk to Sunset Junction— four new houses (not condos.) Compact layouts with 2-car garages, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, the bells and whistles include pre-wiring for electric cars. Casting a wider net, the houses are open from 11:00am to 5:00 p.m.

Main Street, Venice, #3, $1.15M: The kitchen island to end all kitchen islands, this stone-and-timber number was (according to the listing) designed by Celebrity/Iron Chef Michael Symon. The 2-level, 2-bed, 2-bath condominium also has 2-car parking, a fireplace, plus a small outdoor space— which seems to be occupied by an outdoor grill and a smoker. We want to make a joke about going up in flames, but your neighbors will either love you or hate you. Open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

3050 North Beachwood Canyon Drive,  Beachwood Canyon, $935K: Classic modern, circa 1953, recently— and gently— redone. Check out the realtor's dedicated site [insert link] for a look at the best new bathrooms we've seen in a while. With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, the house appears to have a big studio space upfront. Open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2252 Bronson Hill Drive, Hollywood Hills East, $1.199M: A romantic Spanish-Mediterranean white stucco house from 1926, the 3-bed, 2-bath house is compact enough to almost be a "condo alternative" with a small garden. Tucked into the sharp angle of a switchback, it's the kind of quirky but beautifully-detailed classic you'd hope to find in the Hollywood Hills. Open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

3611 Colonial Avenue, Palms/Mar Vista, $1.885M: Walled and surrounded by lush landscaping, this 2006 house by architect Bill Tsui seems serious about good feng shui. The 3-bed, 4.5-bath house also hasn't been reduced to minimalist stage set  but actually looks comfortable for a family, and includes a 2-story guest house with a kitchen and bath. Have a look at the agent's dedicated site, but we're in love with that master bath. Open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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