Welcome to Rosedale
For well over a century, Rosedale has been known as the city’s most fashionable address. Oft-cited as“Toronto’s charming suburb,” some of the wealthiest and most prominent Canadians reside in this neighbourhood.
One obscure and rather interesting historical fact is that Rosedale was the first area in Canada tohave curved streets. These roads wind among towering trees and beautiful parks to create ananomaly - even though Rosedale is situated in the city centre, virtually no traffic sounds can beheard. Rosedale seems asifit’s almost a world apart from Toronto, yet itis conveniently only minutes away from the bustling downtown atmosphere of the nation’s largest city.
Rosedale began as the 120-acre home of William Botsford Jarvis, which stood until 1905 atCluny Drive and Rosedale Road. In 1827, William Jarvis was appointed High Sheriff of the Home District, and two months later married Mary, the granddaughter of William Dummer Powell, then-Chief Justice of Upper Canada. Mary named the estate Rosedale because the house was built amidst rambling bird-filled hedges and hillsides dotted with wild roses. Eight years and five children later, Mary and the estate’s staff had developed beautiful gardens - featuring, ofcourse, roses. In 1836, Joseph Bloor and William Jarvis subdivided the land between the ravine and modern-day Bedford Road which laid space for the villageof Yorkville.
Today, Rosedale is filled with Victorian, Georgian, Tudor, and Edwardian style mansions that were built between 1860 and 1930. Accordingly, dozens of the neighbourhood’s homes are listed on the Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties. In addition to its gorgeous mansions, South Rosedale also has a number of condominium, co-operative, and co-ownership apartment buildings. Units in these buildings offer excellent value and provide a good entry into the neighbourhood.
The Park Drive Ravine divides the neighbourhood into a north and south portion. Impressive natural beauty is provided by the ravines and gorges, which seclude Rosedale fromthe rest of the city and offer diverse opportunities for walking and cycling. The neighbourhood boasts many recreational opportunities for families, including Rosedale Park’s renovated play area and splash pad, soccer fields, tennis courts and outdoor skating rink. The ever-popular 2 Mooredale House keeps Rosedale residents active with organized sports, a swimming pool and various community programs.
Residents living west of Mount Pleasant Road are within close walking distance of the boutique shops and upscale restaurants lining Yonge Street where north Rosedale meets the Summerhill area. Those living east of Mount Pleasant can walk down to the ever-bustling Bloor Street. For more information on Rosedale’s shops and restaurants, visit one of our favourite blogs: http://www.blogto.com/rosedale/