Suppose you had around $800,000 and had to choose between two homes near tobogganers' paradise Riverdale Park; how to make up your mind? Make 'em fight it out. It's time for Real Estate Deathmatch.
↑ Address: 47 Wolfrey Avenue
Beds, Baths: 3, 3
If you're not much of a DIY type, this pretty semi-detached home just half a block from Withrow Park might get your money. It's got a homey, rustic feel to it, with a deep, shady front porch and a wood-burning stove set into the original fireplace surround. The house's front is landscaped with shrubs and a rock garden, so you wouldn't have to worry about keeping a lawn up to snuff, and the back yard has a lovely flagstone patio, which you can keep an eye on from the second-floor sunroom/office. One potential drawback; the long, narrow kitchen has a pretty awkward layout. Rustic's all well and good, but serious cooks might want to throw some money at the room to bring it up to date.
↑ Address: 93 Langley Avenue
Beds, Baths: 3, 2
More adventurous buyers might want to opt for this detached home that's closer to gorgeous Riverdale Park East. The house is the same price as the one on Wolfrey, but it's being sold "as-is", which is a pretty good indicator there's some major work to be done on it. For one thing, there are three kitchens—maybe it was split into apartments, or used as a rooming house. There are some interesting original touches, though, like the marbled wainscoting in the hallway and the French doors. Not much garden space to speak of, with a small chunk of scrubby lawn out back and a few bushes around the front porch. There's a garage and driveway parking, though; with Riverdale's narrow streets, a place to put your wheels is going to be a big selling point.