Our City Spotlight  series explores the neighbourhoods that make up Toronto and the GTA. Each month, we take a look at what makes these areas unique and what we love most about them. Join the discussion on our social media to share your favourite things about each of our featured neighbourhoods!

This month we're featuring Rosedale, an affluent neighbourhood that has held the distinction of being Toronto's most fashionable address for over a century. The area features a unique topography - it's situated among three ravines which have been preserved as parkland, and many of its streets are cul-de-sacs lined with an abundance of trees and foliage, lending the area its timeless feel, impervious to change, despite its central Toronto location. 

A snapshot of typical Rosedale homes.

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Housing in Rosedale

Rosedale homes are mostly single family detached dwellings, many of which are at least 100 years old, built between 1860 and 1930, including some former farmhouses that are closer to 200 years old. Many of Rosedale's large and stately homes are Heritage Properties, with styles that range from Edwardian and Tudor, to the more common Victorian and Georgian.

South Rosedale also contains a number of condominium, co-operative, and co-ownership apartment buildings. These apartments are surprisingly affordable and provide a good entry into the neighbourhood. Nearly half the residents are renters, which means there are grad students and artists mixed in with the bankers and trust-funders. Low- and mid-rise apartment buildings poke out between the oaks and maples from Bloor up to St. Clair, and strolling along streets like Elm Avenue, it’s hard to tell which of the grand old homes have been subdivided.

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Recreation in Clairlea-Birchmount

Rosedale is traversed by a network of ancient ravines, including the Vale of Avoca, Moore Park, Park Drive and Rosedale Valley ravines. The beautiful trails in these ravines are enjoyed by nature, and fitness enthusiasts alike. Access points to Rosedale's ravine trails are located at designated spots throughout the neighbourhood.

Rosedale Park, located off Schofield Avenue, has eight tennis courts, a sports field, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool. Ramsden Park, off Yonge Street, features four tennis courts, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool. Rosedale Park is also host to Mayfair, the annual spring park party traditionally held on the first Saturday in May. The event typically consists of rides, games, and the coveted flea market.

Mooredale House, at 146 Crescent Road, is a community centre run by the Rosedale and Moore Park resident associations. There is a small annual fee to join Mooredale, which offers sports, fitness, arts, and music programs for adults and children.

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Shopping & Dining in Rosedale

Rosedale residents living west of Mount Pleasant Road are within walking distance of the upscale shops and restaurants, located on Yonge Street, in the Summerhill area.

North Rosedale residents, east of Mount Pleasant Road, can obtain all of their household needs within a small commercial block on Summerhill Avenue, at the very north end of Rosedale.

Restaurants such as Cafe Belong and Terroni's Bar Centrale, and cafes including Boxcar Social, Nadege Patisserie and Greenhouse Juice Co are among our favourites to visit when we're in the neighbourhood!

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Why We Think You'd Love Rosedale

Rosedale is the ideal neighbourhood for families who are predominantly drawn to its large, sizable detached homes, and it continues to be sought after for its tranquility, convenience, and proximity to the fine selection of upscale shops and restaurants in nearby Summerhill. Many public and private schools are situated in the neighbourhood including Branksome Hall, an exclusive all-girls school. The neighbourhood is well-serviced by transit, and motorists are just minutes away from the Don Valley Parkway.

Although Rosedale is located close to the downtown core, you'd never know it as you wander along its gorgeous, winding streets, which are divided into countless little pockets - there's a timeless feel to the area, which is notoriously resistant to change. If you're looking for a premier address in the city with an understated elegance and a central location that doesn't feel like it, this is the neighbourhood to be in.

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Now is the ideal time to get in to the area, before values rise even more - talk to us if you're interested in finding a home in the Rosedale neighbourhood!