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For those who adore the finer things in life, Rosedale is the place to be. The neighbourhood’s namesake comes from the abundance of wild roses that once grew in the area. Now, Rosedale is known as one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Toronto, home to some of the oldest and most affluent families in the city.
Full of cul de sacs, lush foliage, and built along three of the city’s ravines, Rosedale is one of the few areas in Toronto where you'd be hard-pressed to hear any vehicular traffic. Aside from its peaceful residential retreats, the neighbourhood also features a number of parks, fine-dining restaurants and upscale shopping options.
You'll truly want for nothing in Rosedale, but the area is still well equipped with convenient transit options that help residents link up with other parts of the city.
Of course, large, beautiful homes, tranquility wrapped in an amenity-laden city, imminent access to beautiful nature and excellent transit options fit just about everyone's taste. That's why it's not at all surprising that Rosedale is among the most expensive neighbourhoods to live in, in all of Toronto.
Who lives in Rosedale?
Rosedale is one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Toronto. Thanks to the area’s upscale character, plentiful amenities and convenient transportation options, it attracts a large number of working aged professionals and well-established families.
The following data was obtained from the 2016 Rosedale-Moore Park neighbourhood census profile, and the City of Toronto Ward 27 profile. Average prices are determined by the realestatecondos.ca listings.
Population growth: 1.4%
Rent/Own: 63% / 37%
Median Age: 35
Average household income: 145,614
Average condo sale price: $2,093,975.76
Average condo rent price: $5,636.58
Average family size: 2
Population density: 4,500 people per square km
It's easy to get around Rosedale no matter your mode of transportation. Those with cars are able to drive through the area with minimal traffic, the neighbourhood is easily walkable and offers a scenic backdrop, and those using the TTC have several options, depening on they're destination.
Many of the local amenities are walkable, so you should be able to do many of your day-to-day errands on foot. You're even able to get to the Bay-Bloor area relatively quickly. The Walk Score gives Rosedale 84/100, classifying the neighbourhood as one of the more walkable places in the city.
If you’re looking to get elsewhere in the city, the TTC is at your doorstep.
The neighbourhood scores an 87/100 Transit Score, since getting just about anywhere is a cinch. Rosedale station is conveniently located along the TTC’s Line 1 (Yonge-University), and also serves as a major bus stop. Additionally, you’re within walking distance to the 512 St. Clair streetcar line, which lets you cut west across the middle of the city.
Rosedale is a well-rounded community, hosting a nice variety of amenities. From groceries and designer clothes, to fine dining and unique cafes, you’ll find most everything you need within walking distance.
If you enjoy shopping, then you’ll feel right at home in Rosedale. Sure, you’ll find your typical retail stores, but the independent boutiques are what makes shopping in the area special. There are high-end niche stores for all needs and styles, and you can shop knowing that very few others will be rocking the same item!
You won’t have to venture far from home to do your day-to-day food shopping, either. There are a number of both independent and chain grocery stores in the area, as well as a number of specially butchers and markets.
Well-known restaurants and cafes
There is fine dining aplenty in the Rosedale neighbourhood. From traditional Italian, to trendy fusion restaurants, you're bound to find something new and delicious. You can also find many of your favorite chains, be they sit down places or take out counters.
If it’s a daily caffeine fix you’re after, there's no shortage of cafes in the area. You’ll find your classic Starbucks, but by just strolling down the Rosedale section of Yonge Street, you’ll find a number of indie shops as well. Strange Love is a favorite in the area, as is the new coffee and wine bar, Boxcar Social.
In the spring, you can enjoy the annual Mayfair celebration held at Rosedale Park. Traditionally hosted on the first Saturday in May, you can take part in rides, games, craft tables, flea markets and a number of other carnival-like activities.
Conveniently, if you’re looking for entertainment elsewhere in the city, you can take the subway downtown to the Entertainment District. Alternatively, you can enjoy a pleasant walk to the Bay Street Corridor and explore the designer shops and unique culture of the Financial District.
Schools in Rosedale
In the immediate vicinity of Rosedale there are three different schools. Two of them are public: Rosedale Public School and Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. The third is the prestigious private all-girls school, Branksome Hall.
If you have your sights set on one of the high schools closer to Yonge and Eglinton, commuting is a breeze.
Parks in Rosedale
There are a number of parks scattered throughout the neighbourhood, many in diverse forms. From small green spaces and walking trails, to dog parks and skating rinks, there's always something to do outside.
The most notable park in the Rosedale area is Rosedale Park itself. It’s a one-stop shop for any outdoor activities you may want to partake in.
You can have your pick of lush grassy areas to stretch out on, let your furry family member run free at the dog park, or cool down in the wading pool during the hot summer months. If you’re looking to stay active you can jog on the park's scenic trails, play some baseball, or skate on the outdoor rink in the winter.