Open House Report, SF Edition: 5 Places to Check Out on Sunday, January 29th Between 2-4pm

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.

75 Folsom Street, #1001, $975K (above): The only condo on this week's list, a updated two-bedroom in the Hills Plaza Tower with views of the Bay Bridge. There are big windows, circa-2010 baths and kitchen, plus 1-car parking and a 24-hour attended lobby all in a handsome 67-unit tower. HOAs of $1200 a month. The owners' terrace looks over the Embarcadero and the Bay.

145 Magnolia Street, $2.995M: Just north of Lombard Street in the Marina District, this sophisticated Post-Modern house was built in 2000 with wide-open loft-like spaces. The 5-level, 5-bed, 4.5-bath house came on the market in September 2011 for $3.25M and has a rear patio and a roof deck, but sadly, no elevator.

865 Duncan Street, $1.275M: Bank-owned and probably still too expensive, we're loving the restrained '40s vibe here. Needs a lot of work, but this substantial 4-bed, 3-bath house has a huge back yard and lots of possibilities. Ignore the weird shed in the back unless you plan to keep chickens. On the edge of Noe Valley/Diamond Heights.

33 Twentieth Avenue, $1.7M: This tastefully renovated Marina-style is on a quiet dead-end street north of Lake Street. While it looks like it could be your grandparent's house, they were stylish grandparents. This adult 3-bed, 3-bath house also has great views over the GGNRA to the Marin Headlands.


4 Lower Crescent Avenue, $2.95M: Across the bridge in Sausalito, built in 2010, this hillside modern by architect Jay Behr has views down the canyon to the North Bay. Done with impeccable style, the 4-bed, 3.5-bath is arranged in levels with most rooms facing south. Reduced this week from $3.195M. [Note: Open 1:00-3:00pm]

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