Welcome to Rosedale:
Named for the wild roses that once grew there, Rosedale is a distinguished, old-world community in the heart of Toronto, with elegant brick mansions built on canopied cul-de-sacs and meandering streets that were once horse trails. Widely considered to be the best neighbourhood in the city, Rosedale offers luxury shopping, fine dining and a tight-knit community feeling, all in close proximity to downtown.
What you'll fall in love with:
Rosedale is a verdant oasis in the middle of the city, and locals love the winding network of trails that run through the area’s many protected ravines. The community is divided in half by the Park Drive Ravine, and buffered on all sides by the Rosedale, Moore Park and Vale of Avoca ravines. The sprawling Chorley Park and smaller Rosedale park offer additional respite from the city and even the streets themselves are lovely for walking, studded with stately, ivy-covered homes, wrought iron fences and old-growth trees. It is a beautiful neighbourhood to live in.
What you Won't find:
You won’t find affordable tract homes or cookie-cutter row houses in this exclusive neighbourhood. While there are a handful of elite condominium units for wealthy buyers who want maintenance-free living, Canadians with average incomes won’t find affordable condominiums here, either.
The local public elementary school, Rosedale Junior Public, was extraordinarily well-ranked in the Fraser Institue’s 2015-16 review, receiving a 9.6 out of 10. The Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, a secondary school, has been listed among the Top 10 schools in Canada by MacLean’s Magazine. Rosedale is also home to the prestigious Branksome Hall, an all-girls boarding school that offers the International Baccalaureate program. Tuition hovers around $30,000 per year for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 12, climbing to over $50,000 for older girls who board at the school. Uniforms, computers and club fees are extra.
Situated in the very heart of midtown Toronto, Rosedale’s proximity to the core is one of its main charms. It’s a short walk to Yonge and Bloor and about 20 minutes by car to Union Station and the city’s financial and entertainment districts – public transit takes about 10 minutes more. Rosedale residents not only enjoy a quick trip to work in the morning, but also easy access to concert halls, museums, universities, theatres, shopping and all of the cultural excitement that downtown Toronto has to offer.
Locals enjoy access to some of the most beautiful parkland in midtown Toronto and active residents’ associations work to bring the community together and protect the distinguished character of the neighbourhood. Rosedale Park features sports fields, an ice rink and eight tennis courts and is home to the annual Mayfair. This neighbourhood carnival, put on by the Mooredale House community centre, features rides, games, bingo and raffles, plus a wine and beer garden for the adults. Mooredale House, run by the Rosedale and Moore Park resident associations, also provides local kids and adults with year-round access to everything from music programs to sports clubs. Craighleigh Gardens, tucked away in the southeast corner of the community, is a bucolic oasis that has been described as Lucy’s first glimpse of Narnia (a reference to the fantastical winter landscape made famous in the C.S. Lewis series, the Chronicles of Narnia). Featuring black iron gates and towering trees, the gardens offer an off-leash dog park for neighbourhood pooches. The quiet 12-acre Chorley Park in the north-east corner of Rosedale was once home to Ontario’s fourth Government House, built in 2015 but demolished 45 years later to save money. The park, which overlooks the Don River Valley, is now home to picnic tables and a canopy of old trees. Area trails that lead down into the valley link up with the Don Valley Brick Works and Toronto’s Beltline Recreation Trail. The local shopping district caters to wealthy Rosedale residents and offers the finest food, clothing, furniture and décor shops. A group of specialty food stores known locally as “the five thieves” offer groceries, fish, freshly baked bread, fine cheeses, meats and a patisserie.
A little bit of history:
Rosedale was settled in the early 1800s and named by one of its first residents, Mary Jarvis, who cantered on horseback through the area on trails that later became streets, and who fell in love with the wild roses that bloomed across her family’s estate. Residential development started in 1864, and most of the homes in the neighbourhood were built between the 1860s and the 1930s, with many renovations and upgrades since. The architecture in the community is varied but mainly traditional, with Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian styles along with the occasional Tudor design. North and South Rosedale have been designated a heritage conservation district by the City of Toronto.
Rosedale is bordered by the CP rail tracks to the north (just south of St. Clair Avenue), Rosedale Valley Road to the south, Yonge Street on the east and Bayview Avenue on the west. The community is home to people of all generations and includes singles, couples, families and seniors living mainly in single-family detached homes. Rosedale is among the most prestigious and fashionable neighbourhoods in Canada, and locals are among the wealthiest people in the country. Famous residents have included Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman of Onyx Corp and Indigo Books respectively, and Ken Thomson of Thomson Corporation, who was the richest man in Canada when he died. The average price of a single, detached freehold home is $2.7 million, but prices can easily reach $10 million for the most extraordinary properties.
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