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This Weekend's Open Houses for the Larry Ellison Set

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During his performances, jazz pianist Fats Waller used to cry out such gold nuggets as "I wonder what the poor people are doing today?" Odds are pretty low that the hosts of this weekend's open houses would find the humor in that question. They would also be pretty distraught at the punchline. Here are some of this weekend's open houses, in all their opulent glory.

For those looking to rub elbows with the well-heeled denizens of Telegraph Hill, 468 Filbert Street offers a perfect opportunity. With 5 beds and 5.5 baths, the 5,440 square foot monster offers enough space for a bi-cornered couch. But wait, "is there enough room for my floor to ceiling collection of French wine?" Oh, rest your pretty little head. Originally listed at $5,495,000 in May, the property was reduced 9.1% in June to $4,995,000.

Half a block from the Presidio, 37 Walnut Street includes Golden Gate and extensive Presidio views. Every bit as corpulent as 468 Filbert, 37 Walnut includes 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and an au pair suite, all in a sprawling 5,112 square feet. One might think for $3,950,000, the property should come with its own interior decorator to get rid of the tile. Judgment aside, extra points for the atrium.

Last, but certainly not least, we head back to Sea Cliff for the swank 16 25th Avenue. With 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, the house is situated on a corner lot, and features its own rec room, a large kitchen, and a small garden. Oh, and then there are the gorgeous views of the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands, you know, if you're into that kind of thing. All can be yours for $4,488,000, marked down from $4,895,000 in June. What a bargain!