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Weekend Open House Tour: The Excelsior

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The current climate calls for the deal-savvy, and we think there's some value—and some stuff to be tentatively excited about—out in Dist. 10-C, the Excelsior. This weekend offers face time at a few possibilities that people less inclined to hit the pavement may not notice.

Location: 647 Madrid St.
Size: 1,100 sq. ft; 2 bed, 1 bath
Price: $699,000; about $635 per sq. ft
Pitch: "This wonderful Edwardian is a winner! The main level boasts an open floor plan w/ a spacious living room w/working fireplace, large dining area, high ceilings & large bay windows."
We're Intrigued because?: Seems homey. Garage. Nice deck. Views.
Open House: Sat AND Sun, 2-4 p.m.

Location: 61 Naples St.
Size: 1,150 sq. ft.; 2 beds, 1 bath
Price: $595,000; about $517 per sq. ft
Pitch: "Darling Victorian in Excelsior with waitscotting [sic], brass hardware, wall paper and oak hardwood floors fitting to a Victorians design." and "A must see home. Beautiful oak floors and period details. Fresh cookies will be served."
We're Intrigued because?: Honestly? The cookies. Entry-level price point and fruit trees are nice, too.
Open House: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

Location: 26 Valmar Terrace
Size: 1,750 sq. ft.; 4 beds, 3 baths
Price: $797,000; about $455 per sq. ft.
Pitch: "This spacious four bedroom, three bathroom single-family home is located on one of the best blocks in the Excelsior. The social rooms . . .have an open floor plan with panoramic views as well as great light."
We're Intrigued because?:Listing says "square footage cited from tax records and has not been verified. Buyers urged to investigate." Even if we're not crazy about the architecture, it does seem too good to be true—and worth personal verification.
Open House: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

[Exterior of 26 Valmar Terrace; image courtesy MLS]