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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1001 GREENWOOD AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

1001 Greenwood Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4C7

$999,000

House 3 2
254 TORRENS AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

254 Torrens Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2P5

$949,000

House 3 2
U C 915 GREENWOOD AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

U C 915 Greenwood Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4B9

$2,600 Monthly

Other 2 1
#UPPER -184 PARKMOUNT RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#upper -184 Parkmount Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4V6

$3,650 Monthly

House 3 1
#BSMT -184 PARKMOUNT RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#bsmt -184 Parkmount Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4V6

$1,350 Monthly

House 1 1
27 MONARCH PARK AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

27 Monarch Park Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4P9

$849,900

House 3 1
325 BAIN AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

325 Bain Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 1B9

$975,000

Row / Townho 2 2
317 O'CONNOR DR, toronto, Ontario
For sale

317 O'connor Dr

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2V1

$639,000

House 3 2
515 DONLANDS AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

515 Donlands Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 3S4

$1,199,900

House 3 3
169 LINSMORE CRES, toronto, Ontario
For sale

169 Linsmore Cres

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4L3

$799,900

House 3 2
318 MONARCH PARK AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

318 Monarch Park Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4T1

$1,189,000

House 3 2
#MAIN&UP -143  GAMBLE  AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#main&up -143 Gamble Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2P2

$3,600 Monthly

House 3 3
#LOWER -143 GAMBLE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#lower -143 Gamble Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2P2

$1,200 Monthly

House 0 1
43 ROOSEVELT RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

43 Roosevelt Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4T5

$875,000

House 4 2
109 MEMORIAL PARK AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

109 Memorial Park Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2K1

$2,800 Monthly

House 3 2
49 FOUR OAKS GATE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

49 Four Oaks Gate

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2X3

$5,900 Monthly

House 6 6
151 LINSMORE CRES, toronto, Ontario
For sale

151 Linsmore Cres

Toronto, Ontario M4J 4L3

$1,099,000

House 4 2
82 EATON AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

82 Eaton Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2Z5

$899,000

House 3 3
90 CHATHAM AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

90 Chatham Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 1K7

$849,000

House 3 1
373 SAMMON AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

373 Sammon Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2A6

$669,000

House 2 1
60 EARL GREY RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

60 Earl Grey Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4J 3L2

$1,298,888

House 3 2
30 JUDITH DR, toronto, Ontario
For rent

30 Judith Dr

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2S2

$4,000 Monthly

House 4 3
78 MILVERTON BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

78 Milverton Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M4J 1T8

$1,129,900

House 3 2
48 PEPLER AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

48 Pepler Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4J 2Y8

$1,598,888

House 5 5