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The 12 smallest houses for sale in San Francisco

For homebuyers who don't want too much or too little, one of these may be just right

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Our second Micro Week continues, giving us a hankering for the most bite-sized single family homes on the market today.

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We already sorted out the city's smallest condos (from little more than 260 square feet!), but, paradoxically, Micro Week demands more.

As with the condos, we should note that these rankings are mostly educated guesses, since some home sales simply don't bother measuring or providing the square footage.

So if anybody can ID a house listed anywhere even smaller than these, let us know.

But for now, look closely (very closely) at some of the city's smallest wonders.

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1679 46th Avenue

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Our square footage ceiling tops out at 850 feet with this Sunset pick, a two bed, one bath affair circa 1941 for $899,000. While it's certainly not big, it's not exactly what you usually have in mind when you hear the word "micro"...

140 Jules Avenue

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...just like this other 850 foot, two bed, one bath house down in Ingleside. It's 19 years the elder to the Sunset House, presently listed for $689,000 after being off the market for decades—so long that the city doesn't even have a record of its last sale.

1979 34th Avenue

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Getting smaller! This Listerine-colored two bed, one bath, '40s era house (not far away from our last two bed, one bath, '40s era house) cuts the space down to 800 feet. Which as we'll see in a moment is a somewhat popular figure. At $928,000, this is (perhaps unexpectedly) one of the priciest small houses on offer today.

218 Ramsell Street

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Ramsell Street, if you're curious, is a two-block stretch running between Sargent Street and Head and Brotherhood Park, only about 1,300 feet from end to end. It's hardly the shortest street in the city (or even the neighborhood), but it's nice when our Micro Week houses are considerate enough to sit on micro streets.It appears that 800 foot, two bed, two bath houses on the West side were all the rage in the '40s. This one's listed now for $735,000, nearly triple its last public sale ($265,000) in 2000.

64 Carver Street

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But Carver Street has Ramsell beat, being only 260 feet from end to end. It even intersects with Mayflower Street, which is only 90 feet. The pink pad in the middle of the block is (say it with us) two beds, one bath, and 800 feet, but presently listed for almost $1 million ($995,000).

1664 Geneva Avenue

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Only a couple of blocks from the Cow Palace, this one just barely inches over the line to qualify as a San Francisco house. Though another modest 800 foot affair, it has a pretty sizeable backyard on its 2,500 foot lot, divided into four escalating tiers. (Which have seen better days, by the looks of them, but that's drought for you.)

112 Judson Avenue

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The market dips under the 800 foot mark for the first time with this Sunnyside fixer from 1926, only 780 feet in all and listed for the bargain (by San Francisco standards) price of $599,000. No word on what precisely needs to be fixed in there--unless they simply feel that it ought to be bigger?

283 Madrid Street

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Some amount of attention has been paid to the Excelsior in recent years as San Francisco's least appreciated neighborhood (in terms of home values, that is). This can sting the pride (and pocketbooks) of some homeowners there who feel passed by by the boom times, but others may be glad there's anywhere grounding the city's median home price a little bit.This house from 1922 shakes out to 750 feet end to end, making its $599,000 price tag a somewhat convenient $799/square foot.

579 Clipper Street

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Whereas small condos tend to cluster around the center of the city, small single family houses seem to be a decidedly southern-lying phenomena. The fixer at 579 Clipper Street (714 square feet) sits just on the edge of Noe Valley. And, being a Noe Valley house, it racks up the highest list price of any of our micro houses: $999,000.

4353 17th Street

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This tiny yellow house (670 feet) is set so far back from the sidewalk that it's vanished completely, so you'll just have to take our word for it that it's really there (and really listed for $628,000). And, yes, this once managed to land north of Market Street, the only of the 12.

556 Ellington Avenue

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Here it is, a 1906 house in the Outer Mission that's almost the most micro home listed right now. It's 660 square feet, so what could possibly be smaller? Well...

125 Britton Street

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And here it is, the smallest house you can buy in San Francisco today, a mere 650 feet, and even equipped with a low ceiling over the porch to get you into the habit of thinking small before you even get in the front door.

1679 46th Avenue

Our square footage ceiling tops out at 850 feet with this Sunset pick, a two bed, one bath affair circa 1941 for $899,000. While it's certainly not big, it's not exactly what you usually have in mind when you hear the word "micro"...

140 Jules Avenue

...just like this other 850 foot, two bed, one bath house down in Ingleside. It's 19 years the elder to the Sunset House, presently listed for $689,000 after being off the market for decades—so long that the city doesn't even have a record of its last sale.

1979 34th Avenue

Getting smaller! This Listerine-colored two bed, one bath, '40s era house (not far away from our last two bed, one bath, '40s era house) cuts the space down to 800 feet. Which as we'll see in a moment is a somewhat popular figure. At $928,000, this is (perhaps unexpectedly) one of the priciest small houses on offer today.

218 Ramsell Street

Ramsell Street, if you're curious, is a two-block stretch running between Sargent Street and Head and Brotherhood Park, only about 1,300 feet from end to end. It's hardly the shortest street in the city (or even the neighborhood), but it's nice when our Micro Week houses are considerate enough to sit on micro streets.It appears that 800 foot, two bed, two bath houses on the West side were all the rage in the '40s. This one's listed now for $735,000, nearly triple its last public sale ($265,000) in 2000.

64 Carver Street

But Carver Street has Ramsell beat, being only 260 feet from end to end. It even intersects with Mayflower Street, which is only 90 feet. The pink pad in the middle of the block is (say it with us) two beds, one bath, and 800 feet, but presently listed for almost $1 million ($995,000).

1664 Geneva Avenue

Only a couple of blocks from the Cow Palace, this one just barely inches over the line to qualify as a San Francisco house. Though another modest 800 foot affair, it has a pretty sizeable backyard on its 2,500 foot lot, divided into four escalating tiers. (Which have seen better days, by the looks of them, but that's drought for you.)

112 Judson Avenue

The market dips under the 800 foot mark for the first time with this Sunnyside fixer from 1926, only 780 feet in all and listed for the bargain (by San Francisco standards) price of $599,000. No word on what precisely needs to be fixed in there--unless they simply feel that it ought to be bigger?

283 Madrid Street

Some amount of attention has been paid to the Excelsior in recent years as San Francisco's least appreciated neighborhood (in terms of home values, that is). This can sting the pride (and pocketbooks) of some homeowners there who feel passed by by the boom times, but others may be glad there's anywhere grounding the city's median home price a little bit.This house from 1922 shakes out to 750 feet end to end, making its $599,000 price tag a somewhat convenient $799/square foot.

579 Clipper Street

Whereas small condos tend to cluster around the center of the city, small single family houses seem to be a decidedly southern-lying phenomena. The fixer at 579 Clipper Street (714 square feet) sits just on the edge of Noe Valley. And, being a Noe Valley house, it racks up the highest list price of any of our micro houses: $999,000.

4353 17th Street

This tiny yellow house (670 feet) is set so far back from the sidewalk that it's vanished completely, so you'll just have to take our word for it that it's really there (and really listed for $628,000). And, yes, this once managed to land north of Market Street, the only of the 12.

556 Ellington Avenue

Here it is, a 1906 house in the Outer Mission that's almost the most micro home listed right now. It's 660 square feet, so what could possibly be smaller? Well...

125 Britton Street

And here it is, the smallest house you can buy in San Francisco today, a mere 650 feet, and even equipped with a low ceiling over the porch to get you into the habit of thinking small before you even get in the front door.