Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood holds the distinction of being the oldest suburb and one of the most affluent postal codes in the province of Ontario. Rosedale homes for sale are very pricey not only because of the prime location but also because of limited housing stock in the area. About half of North Rosedale houses have earned the historic designation. The number of existing residential homes is under a thousand.
The neighbourhood is home to a remarkable collection of stately mansions displaying Georgian, Tudor and Edwardian influences. The homes go back to 1860 to 1930 when residential developments began in the area. Many of the homes have undergone major renovation or razed and rebuilt. Development projects have conformed to the area’s aesthetic standards. The typical home would have many bedrooms, high ceilings and elaborate windows. Other upgrades would include a game room, library and a conservatory.
The exclusivity of homes for sale in Rosedale is enhanced by proximity to several ravines that serve as a buffer zone protecting Rosedale from the rest of Toronto. The ravines are Moore Park Ravine on the northeast, Rosedale Valley ravine on the southwest, Vale of Avoca Ravine on the north and Park Drive Ravine that cuts through the center of the community.
Residents can take advantage of prestigious schools in the area including Branksome Hall, Bishop Strachan, Rosedale High School for the Arts and Upper Canada College.
Rosedale Park features tennis courts, a wading pool and an ice rink. Chorley Park is known for scenic trails overlooking the Don River Valley. Other parks within the vicinity of Rosedale include Craigleigh Gardens and Beaumont Park.
Public transit consists of buses serving local routes and connecting to the Rosedale subway station, a stop on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. Buses also cover Sherbourne station, a part of the Bloor-Danforth subway line. An on-ramp to the Don Valley Parkway is a short drive away.
Rosedale is close to Toronto’s downtown core, yet the neighbourhood has successfully insulated itself from the bustling metropolis with winding roads that deter traffic and heavy foliage to enhance privacy.