Only a decade or two ago, Riverdale was dull, and snobs from the Annex spoke of it with distain as a more or less a blank spot on the map, "out the Danforth." But today, this community just east of the Don River, has achieved life, vibrancy and a warm place in the hearts of real estate people: last year houses here sold for an average of $700,000. If they're priced according to market value, homes tend to sell within days and often with multiple offers. The streets running east of Broadview are tree-rich, with many a magnificent old maple. This is a family neighbourhood, and for excellent reasons - many of the sturdy old homes from the 1920s have long backyards, much larger than those across the river in Cabbagetown. The area attracts residents of all flavours: on one short strip of Riverdale Avenue, you can encounter a pop star, a stockbroker, a married couple. Just to the north is the Danforth commercial strip, which pulses with energy all year long but comes to life in the summer.