saleoftheweekfeb4 First-time homebuyers and empty nesters love the manageable square footage and prime location near Lovers and Inwood. photography courtesy of Dave Perry Miller

I am ready to jump on this home at 4710 W. Amherst Ave., smack in the heart of Briarwood. (It would be perfect for my daughter and son-in-law.) Updated in 2001, the home features a second story and downstairs master suite with large bath and great storage. You can see how they really opened up the first floor, from the foyer to the remodeled kitchen, which can be so tricky in these choppy 1940s cottages. The house is 1,720 square feet, with rich wood floors everywhere, three bedrooms (two are up with bath), utility room, fenced backyard with security cameras, and a pretty flagstone patio. Briarwood, like its next-door neighbor Devonshire, is of the hottest areas in town for first-time homebuyers and empty nesters who want a little less square footage and yard, mostly because the location right off Lovers and Inwood is so darn convenient. By the way, this is the home that an imposter on Craig's List hijacked last week to lease out for $900 a month—not true. The home is listed with Martha and McKamy Tiner at Dave Perry-Miller for $399,000. Not too shabby.

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