Best Fall Open Houses: Sept. 24-25

There's something about that "Open House" sign that acts like a magnet. Whether you're looking for a new place to live, keeping tabs on real estate in your neighborhood, or just angling for a sneak peek at someone else's private domain, the lure of an open door is powerful.

On this, the first official weekend of fall, we invite you to curl up by the fireplace with a nice hot cup of cider and sneak a peek at autumn's best open houses. What's that you say? You don't have a fireplace? Then maybe you need one of these houses.Sept. 24-25

1. Napa, Calif.

Open house: Sunday, Sept. 25
Location: 1323 Loma Vista Drive
Price: $1,490,000
Property details: If it's fall, it must be grape harvest time. This wine-country 2-bedroom is cozy at 1,680 square feet, but it's got great outdoor space, a brick patio, and a screened-in porch.

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2. Tiburon, Calif.

Open house: Saturday, Sept. 24
Location: 150 Rock Hill Drive
Price: $2,995,000
Property details: Off in the distance, is that...the Golden Gate Bridge? Why, yes. In addition to nearly 4,000 square feet of open, airy, impeccably designed space, this place also has killer views of the Golden Gate and Richardson Bay.

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3. Ridgefield, Conn.

Open house: Sunday, Sept. 25
Location: 105 Nod Hill Road
Price: $2,895,000
Property details: You can't get much more fall-friendly than a house called "The Chimneys." With 3 acres of woods, you can see all the colors of autumn without leaving the property. And considering that the place has 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a gym and a wine cellar, why would you want to?

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4. Framingham, Mass.

Open house: Sunday, Sept. 25
Location: 36 Checkerberry Lane
Price: $950,000
Property details: A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace dominates the living room of this 5-bed, 4-bath manse. And if the East Coast's Indian summer holds this weekend, the in-ground pool might look especially inviting. Listed for $950,000, the seller will "entertain offers between $899,000 and $1 million." Anticipating a bidding war perhaps?

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5. Portland, Ore.

Open house: Sunday, Sept. 25
Location: 2817 NW Fairfax Terrace
Price: $1,250,000
Property description: Color inside and out! If the blaze-orange maple in the front yard isn't autumnal enough, just step inside, where there are pumpkin-colored walls in the dining room, burnt orange in the den, blue in the living room and let's call it aqua in the billiard room. The kitchen, thankfully, is mostly white.

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6. Washington, Conn.

Price: $1,100,000
Property description: OK, so this property has no open house. In fact, it's so chi-chi we don't even know the address. But we thought this 1800s-era converted cider mill with its own private waterfall was so charming we wanted you to see it.

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7. Ewing, N.J.

Open house: Sunday, Sept. 25
Location: 3 Woodbury Road
Price: $575,000
Property description: The simple Colonial exterior belies the riot of landscaping out back. The place could use some updating, but hey, it was built in 1843, so cut it some slack. Additions over the years expanded it to 6 bedrooms and 4 baths.

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