Rosedale is one of the wealthiest and one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Toronto. Formerly the estate of Sheriff William Jarvis and it was named by his wife Mary for the wild roses that grew there in abundance! Rosedale is located just north of Bloor, east of Yonge Street and west of Bayview Ave. This beautiful area is composed of North Rosedale and South Rosedale which are divided by the Park Drive Ravine which is part of the Rosedale Ravine.
Rosedale is known as the area where the “Old Money” lives but it is also home to many successful couples with young families. That being said, it still appeals to well established Torontonians in every age group. Beautiful Rosedale, located in the middle of three ravines, with lovely homes and quiet well treed streets, is a much sought-after address.
History: South Rosedale was first settled in the 1820’s by the Jarvis family who sold the homestead in 1864. This led to the residential development of the area soon after. A bridge was built over the ravine and North Rosedale was established in 1909. A home called Chorley Park was occupied by the Lieutenant Governor in 1915. Demolished in 1960 and there is now a Rosedale park by the same name.
Top Schools: South Rosedale is home to an exclusive all-girls school, Branksome Hall. There is also a small elementary school in central Rosedale, Rosedale Junior Public School,. De La Salle and Upper Canada College, are private boy’s schools that are nearby.
Great Parks: Rosedale Park is the site of the park’s annual spring party, Mayfair. Chorley Park is at the east end of Douglas Drive in North Rosedale. Craigleigh Gardens is in South Rosedale. Whitney Park is in North Rosedale.
Fabulous Shopping: For neighbourhood food shopping the Summerhill Market is great. ‘The Five Thieves’ on Yonge Street south of the Summerhill LCBO is outstanding with All the Best Fine Foods, Harvest Wagon, Pisces Gourmet Seafood, Ollife Meats. At Yonge & St. Clair there are also several specialty gift and home decor shops. Holts and Harry Rosen are on Bloor Street and Yorkville and Hazelton Lanes have many interesting shops.
Fab Pubs/Restaurants: On Yonge Street north of Summerhill are Cafe Doria, The Monk’s Table, Rebel House, The Rosedale Diner, Terroni, John & Sons Oyster House, Didier and Capocaccia. North on Yonge Street are Granos and Tabule, further north is Centro. In Yorkville there is One Restaurant and Sassafraz. and many others.
Convenient Transit: There is a bus that travels through Rosedale to the Rosedale subway station. South Rosedale is also within walking distance of the Castle Frank subway station. Rosedale is 15 minutes by car to downtown and the financial district and minutes from the Don Valley Parkway, half an hour by car or limousine to Pearson International Airport and 20 minutes to the Island Airport.
Best Hospitals: Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and Sick Children’s Hospital. Other:The Rosedale Animal Hospital at Yonge and Woodlawn Ave.