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We picked three open houses this Sunday in San Francisco (as usual, using the excellent Movoto open house listings.) None of the three listings bother to mention it, but while they might be in move-in condition, you may want to add a few personal touches beforehand. All are oustanding examples of their... genre.

$2,825,000: Not everyday you get a house with a pool house where the pool is actually inside the pool house. But hey, it gets chilly here. A ginormous, late-period Marston & Hurd Spanish that seems like it got stripped down and remodeled in fifties or sixties; pool house looks to be same era. Needs work, but the pool house could be demo'd and a spec house put up. On a great street in St. Francis Wood. We're betting into escrow by the time that fat guy's hooking up the reindeer; on the market for 8 days.
· 315 Santa Clara Avenue [Barbara Callan, McGuire]

$988,000: Classic-but-late Eichler on the downslope of Diamond Heights. Realtor says feel the harmonious melding of indoor living and nature... this lovely home exudes serenity throughout. Uh, ok. We prefer to think of it as full of potential. The same model Eichler, on the same street, in well-maintained original condition sold in about ten days earlier this fall for $1.1M. This one's been on the market about two weeks.
· 275 Amber Drive [Penny Welles, Hill & Co]

$650,000: Top floor flat! In a two story building. Private Deck! accessorized with washer-dryer. Condo? TIC? no idea! Noe Valley? maybe. Has a kind of minimalist charm with just a touch of white trash. More Wild West than Victorian. Listed as 90 Alvarado on Property Shark. Currently at day 104 on the market, down $25K.
· 1019 Guerrero [BJ Droubi]
· 90 Alvarado [Property Shark]