Rosedale is an affluent neighbourhood that was historically the estate of William Botsford Jarvis, a key figure in the early development of Toronto. It was named by his wife for the wild roses that grew in abundance throughout the area. Rosedale is located north of the downtown core, and is one of the city’s oldest suburbs. It is also one of the wealthiest and most highly priced neighbourhoods in Canada.
Rosedale’s boundaries consist of the CPR railway tracks to the north, Yonge Street to the west, Bloor Street to the south, and Bayview Avenue to the east. The neighbourhood is divided into a north and south portion by the Park Drive Ravine.
People are attracted to Rosedale for the architecture and the character that comes from a historic or established property. The houses here were built mainly in the late 1800s in the Victorian style of the times. Victorian homes in Toronto are distinctively tall and stately and offer excellent curb-appeal to this day.
The neighbourhood is definitely affluent, with an established heritage feel. Rosedale actually extends into the downtown core, but acts as an oasis within the hustle and bustle of the urban centre. Built on a series of ravines, the neighbourhood features winding, leafy streets that tend to discourage faster, cross-town traffic (nobody takes a shortcut through Rosedale.)
Another feature of the neighbourhood is that the houses are all different from each other. So while design features are of the Victorian era, the details are individual to each residence.
People in a large percentage of Rosedale love the walking accessibility to boutique shopping and dining along Yonge Street, and all the benefits of the heart of the city to the south. As well, the neighbourhood has good proximity to a variety of private schools that appeal to the demographic that lives here.