The Rosedale neighbourhood is just a few minutes from major business, entertainment, and shopping districts. The area is home to some of Toronto’s wealthiest and most prominent citizens. Despite its close proximity to Toronto, the neighbourhood is surrounded by scenic ravines and parkland.
This Toronto neighbourhood began in the 1820’s when Sheriff William Botsford Jarvis, and his wife Mary settled on a homestead. Mary Jarvis came up with the name Rosedale, to pay tribute to the array of wild roses that grew on the hillsides. The frequent walks the couple took fashioned a trail for the winding streets that are now a Rosedale trademark.
The Rosedale homestead was sold by the Jarvis family in 1864 which allowed for the development of South Rosedale. The development of North Rosedale began in 1909 when a bridge was constructed over the Park Drive ravine.
Prior to all the homes being built, the neighbourhood was the original home of St. Andrews College and the Rosedale Golf Club. Rosedale also had a former lacrosse ground where the Canadian Football League’s first Grey Cup game was played.
In the Rosedale neighbourhood, you can find Victorian, Georgian, Tudor, and Edwardian style mansions that were built 1860 and 1940. Many of the residential opportunities in Rosedale are listed on the Toronto Historical Board’s Inventory of Heritage Properties.
The southern part of the neighbourhood includes a number of condominium, co-operative, co-ownership apartment buildings. Some of the apartments are considerably affordable and allow a good entry into the neighbourhood. Rosedale is known for its Garden Suburb street pattern, ravine topography, grand old homes, and classical architecture.
People living in this neighbourhood are within walking distance of the upscale shops and restaurants, located in the Summerhill area. East of Mount Pleasant Road supplies residents with all of their household needs within a small commercial block on Summerhill Avenue.
Rosedale is filled with a network of ancient ravines such as the Vale of Avoca, Moore Park, Park Drive and Rosedale Valley ravines. The scenic trails are enjoyed by residents in the neighbourhood and fitness and nature enthusiasts alike. The Rosedale Park has eight tennis courts, a sports field, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool.
Ramsden Park, located off Yonge Street has four tennis courts, an artificial ice rink and a wading pool. Mooredale House is a community centre run by the Rosedale and Moore Park resident association.
Residents in Rosedale have access to buses that run on South Drive, Crescent and Glen Roads, as well as Summerhill, Maclennan, Highland and Elm Avenues. The Rosedale bus connects to the Rosedale station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line or the Sherbourne station the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Those who drive are just minutes away from the Don Valley Parkway.
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