(San Francisco Chronicle) Readers from time to time ask why On the Block covers so many expensive homes and celebrity real estate. The answer is pretty simple: they make for better house porn, the glitz and glamour, the gorgeous layouts– even the tasteless displays of wealth tend to make better photo-ops than homes on the more modest end of the scale. The gallery above should confirm this.

Still, homes under $500K in San Francisco are news, whether they look sexy in photos or not. So today we look at 4 such homes. That means you got what you asked for, readers. We leave it up to you to decide– when it comes to these homes– if you get what you pay for.

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