Riverdale Guide

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Welcome to Riverdale:

An easy commute from downtown, Riverdale is a diverse, family-friendly neighbourhood with a colourful, hipster vibe. Studded with independent art galleries, authentic restaurants and locally-owned coffee bars, Riverdale boasts three gorgeous local parks and good schools, making it a magnet for Toronto families with kids. It’s a great place to grow up.

Highlight:

Riverdale Park, 100 acres of public parkland with soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, a running track and a hockey rink, plus free movies in the park all summer long.

What you'll fall in love with:

Riverdale is the kind of neighbourhood that keeps a walk-up ice cream bar in business – it’s called Sweet Jesus, and it offers up soft-serve with wild toppings like candied bacon and peanut butter drizzle (inspired by Elvis). It’s is just one of many quirky local business that thrive in this community-oriented enclave. Others include the Tiny Record Shop (vinyl only), Boxcar Social (curated world coffees) and The Big Carrot (natural foods co-op, worker-owned). And of course Riverdale is home to the Danforth, which is still the best place in the city to get Greek food.

A little bit of history:

Like many communities in Canada, Riverdale was a small town that boomed when the federal government built the railway in the mid-1800s. Many of the homes in the area were built in the late 1800s as rooming houses for labourers. The City of Toronto annexed the area in 1884 and by the 1950s, the area was well-known for its large Greek and Italian populations. The Danforth has long been known as Greektown, and many of the area residents can trace their roots back to this era.

House Style:

Single family homes built in the late 1800s, along with some semi-detached homes and condominiums.

Prices:

Last year the average single-family home in Riverdale cost just over $1 million.

Local Schools:

There are 10 schools in Riverside, including the highly-ranked Pape Avenue Junior Public, which ranked 9.1/10 on the Fraser Institute’s 2015-16 review. Other good schools include Withrow Avenue Junior Public (8.3) and Frankland Community School (7.1). Riverdale Collegiate is the local high school. Riverdale is also home to the prestigious Montcrest School, a private elementary school founded in 1961 and housed in a row of century-old homes atop Riverdale park. Neat fact: The Degrassi series of high school dramas was named after a street in Riverdale.

What you Won't find:

Riverdale is a family-friendly community with big parks, good restaurants and landscaped front lawns. While there are good pubs and late-night eateries along the Danforth (Alexandros serves gyros until 4 a.m.) you won’t find booming after-hours clubs and bumping nightlife – for that you’ll have to take an Uber downtown, just 20 minutes away.

The commute:

Riverdale is popular with working parents in part because the commute to downtown is so quick. The TTC will get you from Pape and Danforth to Union Station in about 20 minutes, and a car is a bit quicker, but not by much. Your bike will get you there in about half an hour.

Downside:

If we find anything bad we will get back to update this!

Life Style:

In recent years, the area long known as Greektown has undergone a transformation, welcoming young urban families with children and all of the attendant change. Yoga studios, upscale boutiques and spendy coffee shops have replaced some of the mom-and-pop stores that have defined the area since the Greek and Italian families started calling it home in the 1950s. The result is a vibrant cultural mix, expressed best by the Riverside Eats & Beats street festival, organized by the local Riverside Business Improvement Area every June.

The Danforth isn’t the only place to shop, however. Riverdale is also home to Toronto’s “East Chinatown,” a thriving collection of Chinese and Vietnamese businesses that stretches several blocks down Gerrard Street, from Broadview past Carlaw. The community has been growing there since the early 1970s, and locals enjoy fantastic Dim Sum, Pho and noodle restaurants, plus an array of Asian grocers and retailers. The local branch of the Toronto Public Library is bilingual in Chinese and English, too.

Riverdale is also home to three big green spaces: Withrow Park, Riverdale Park and Jimmie Simpson Park. The sprawling Riverdale Park offers an outdoor hockey rink and tobogganing hill in winter, while the smaller Withrow Park at the centre of the community offers a farmer’s market and Canada Day fireworks in the summer. Jimmie Simpson Park is a dog walker’s heaven, with a second community hockey rink that hosts shinny games all summer long, too.

Neighbours:

Riverdale runs from the Danforth on the north end down to Gerrard Street on the south end, and from the Don Valley Parkway in the west to Pape Avenue in the east. Locals are mainly couples, most with children, but lots without. The area draws active community members and boasts a handful of strong community organizations that keep the neighbourhood clean and thriving. Many of the houses in the area were built in the 1800s for working class Torontonians, and these stately Victorian and Edwardian homes have been refurbished by young families moving into the area.

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28 ELMSDALE RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

28 Elmsdale Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4J 3M4

$2,950 Monthly

House 3 2
116 ALDWYCH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

116 Aldwych Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 1X6

$1,179,000

House 5 3
78 MILVERTON BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

78 Milverton Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M4J 1T8

$889,000

House 3 2
265 GAMBLE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

265 Gamble Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2P4

$1,298,000

House 5 4
237 SAMMON AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

237 Sammon Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 1Z4

$1,099,000

House 4 2
375 SAMMON AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

375 Sammon Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2A6

$1,249,500

House 4 3
19 STRATHMORE BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

19 Strathmore Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M4J 1P1

$1,099,900

House 5 4
326 MONARCH PARK AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

326 Monarch Park Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4T1

$2,400 Monthly

House 2 1
140 GOWAN AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

140 Gowan Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2K6

$1,259,000

House 3 5
72 BOULTBEE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

72 Boultbee Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 1B1

$2,800 Monthly

House 2 1
#306 -280 DONLANDS AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#306 -280 Donlands Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 0A3

$539,900

Apartment 2 2
356 JONES AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

356 Jones Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 3G3

$899,000

House 3 2
105 STRATHMORE BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

105 Strathmore Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M4J 1P3

$1,389,500

House 5 3
82 LINNSMORE CRES, toronto, Ontario
For rent

82 Linnsmore Cres

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4K1

$4,000 Monthly

House 3 2
28 EARL GREY RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

28 Earl Grey Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4J 3L2

$675,000

House 2 1
105 LAMB AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

105 Lamb Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4M5

$1,349,900

House 5 4
188 LINSMORE CRES, toronto, Ontario
For sale

188 Linsmore Cres

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4L4

$929,000

House 4 2
#UPPER -107 LAMB  AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#upper -107 Lamb Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4M5

$2,550 Monthly

House 2 1
53 HARCOURT AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

53 Harcourt Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 1J3

$1,799,900

House 4 4
392 JONES AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

392 Jones Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 3G3

$3,450 Monthly

Row / Townho 3 3
202-204 O'CONNOR DR, toronto, Ontario
For sale

202-204 O'connor Dr

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2T1

$2,595,000

Other 13 12
928 GREENWOOD AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

928 Greenwood Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4C3

$2,800 Monthly

House 3 2
317 O'CONNOR DR, toronto, Ontario
For sale

317 O'connor Dr

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2V1

$699,000

House 4 1
1021 GREENWOOD AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

1021 Greenwood Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4C9

$3,000 Monthly

House 3 2