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What You Can Buy For $500,000 Around Toronto

Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a feature that explores what kind of home you can buy for a set amount in various Toronto neighbourhoods. Today's price: $500,000.

↑ 1. $519,000: 279 Harvie Avenue. This barn-roofed three-bedroom, three-bathroom house near St. Clair Avenue was renovated recently; the wiring and plumbing have been redone, and the hardwood floors have been refinished throughout. The kitchen is small but tidy, with newer appliances, heated floors and a walk-out to the deck. There's a nice roomy laundry area in the basment, and the washer and dryer are both new, too.

↑ 2. $509,300: 86 Maywood Park. This house close to Kennedy station is being sold as-is, with disclaimers from the sellers and the agent, but it could just be that the home's been empty and neglected for a while. The garden's totally overrun but nothing a machete couldn't take care of. The house backs onto a ravine, with good access to all the nature trails (and fewer neighbours to worry about).

↑ 3. $519,888, 190 Clearbrooke Circle. Here's a conversation piece: this three-bedroom Rexdale home was renovated by none other than Mike "Make it Right" Holmes, who put nearly $100,000 worth of improvements into the bungalow including a totally updated kitchen . The rooms are bright and sunny, with lots of floor-to-ceiling windows (luckily, the sellers are including the window coverings in the deal).

↑ 4. $519,000: 36 Beacon Road. Here's a little bungalow in Scarborough that comes with its own mature apple trees. It's a solid home with a money-earning apartment in the basement with separate entrance. The owners made some questionable paint choices; that brownish burgundy looks bad enough in the kitchen, but set against the pale greenish tile, harvest gold fixtures and yellow countertop you're definitely going to want to hit the Benjamin Moore store before you even move in.

↑ 5. $519,900: 131 Priscilla Avenue. Lastly, let's look at this detached home in what they're optimistically calling Upper Bloor West Village. It has three bedrooms but just one bathroom (and that one's in desperate need of a makeover, along with the original kitchen). The original 1930s fireplace and surround are still there, and there's a cute built-in corner cabinet in the dining room. One of the bedrooms has fake-wood panelling halfway up the walls, and a window that looks out onto a picturesque brick wall about four inches away. Everything in the house looks dingy and sad, but it might be a fun project for someone who likes to fix things up. The staircase in particular would probably clean up nicely.

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