Named as a tribute to the abundant roses that graced the hillsides of the Jarvis estate, Rosedale is one of the oldest suburbs in Toronto – and also one of the wealthiest. It’s known as the area where the city’s ‘old money’ resides, and where some of Canada’s most richest and famous people live and have lived. This is the neighbourhood to be if you appreciate historic character, class, quiet and opulent living in the city.
Located to the north of the CPR railway tracks, Yonge Street to the west, Aylmer Avenue and Rosedale Valley Road to the south, and Bayview Avenue to the east, Rosedale has been built among ancient ravines and preserved parkland, making it a beautiful lush area of the city. The thick foliage from the trees muffles the noise of the city creating quiet streets with low traffic. The beautiful single family detached dwellings are Victorian, Georgian, Tudor, Edwardian homes, which were built between 1869-1930. Many of these homes are the Toronto Historical Board’s Inventory of Heritage Homes. In fact the entire area is now a heritage district.
There are many upscale shops, trendy places to have a casual drink, casual and fine dining restaurants and popular coffee shops. Ravines such as Vale of Avoca, Moore Park, Park Drive and Rosedale Valley offer beautiful trails to hike for those looking for some scenery that is easy on the eyes. Neighbours also frequent Schofield Avenue to play a match of tennis on one of the 8 tennis courts, or enjoy sports on the sports field, artificial rink and wading pool. There is also Mooredale house, a community centre for adults and children, which also funds Rosedale’s annual spring party on the first Saturday of May.
Rosedale is located in a convenient area of Toronto. The Yonge subway line runs right through the neighbourhood. It’s a short few minutes from the DVP, and the exclusive all-girls school, Branksome Hall and Rosedale Public School are in Rosedale as well. It’s a very desired and sought after neighbourhood.