There’s so much to love about Rosedale it’s easy for many to hate….only because it’s a competitive Real Estate market to break into!
This is one of Canada’s wealthiest communities, and homes in Rosedale are stately and picturesque. Houses are generally Edwardian, Tudor, Victorian or Georgian heritage, towering with grandeur and old-world charm. Like a scene from a black-and-white film, nodding to simpler times and fairy tale endings, Rosedale’s classic beauty continues to stand the tests of time. For many, life as a resident of Rosedale encompasses a dream realized.
The meandering roads, charming cul-de-sacs, (3) local ravines (preserved as parkland), pedestrian-friendly streets, and professionally-manicured lawns, provide a calming and highly walkable backdrop for any millionaire city-dweller. And, like a page ripped from a romantic tale, Rosedale’s history is just as novel.
The area gains its name from an abundance of wild roses that once bordered the hillsides of the area’s first estate – owned by Sheriff William Jarvis and his wife, Mary. Mary was an avid equestrian and would ride her horse across the area’s winding streets and rose-covered hillsides. It’s from Mary, and after the rose-covered hillsides, that Rosedale gains its name. (Thanks, Mary!)
In 1854, the area was sold and eventually subdivided in 1854 as a “garden suburb”, leading to residential development of the Rosedale we all know (and covet) today. Modern Rosedale thankfully retains an abundance of trees and foliage to this day.
South Rosedale is also home to Branksome Hall, a popular girl’s private school that also offers boarding through its International Baccalaureate program, as well as a small elementary school in central Rosedale, only a stone’s throw away. It’s a popular option for many local families looking for alternative schooling.
The high walkability of Rosedale brings locals within arm’s reach of the TTC, major roadways (Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant, the Don Valley Parkway), schools, boutiques, restaurants, pubs, cafes, and salons. Many of these local offerings are luxury-focused and higher-end — no basement bargains to be found here.
Although Rosedale is an area where there are no bargains to be found, if you can afford the hefty price tag of a home in the area, all we say is: why not!?
Popular local hot spots include: The Rosedale Diner, The Quail & Firkin, Starbucks, Black Camel (best sandwiches in Rosedale hands-down!), Tuck Shop Trading Co, Delineation, Ani & Wren, 6 by Gee Beauty, and WANT Apothecary (to name a few).