The Lowdown on Roncesvalles

Your Typical Neighbour

The cost of purchasing a home here is shapes what your typical neighbour looks like in this area. Established families with two working parents are the most common, and while the post-WWII eastern European influence is still prominent, it is losing steam as the neighbourhood draws more young families looking to size up from other popular spots in the city.

What We

Community! Most of your daily needs can be met in this neighbourhood, and nearly ALL your wants, too. Cool clothing spots, amazing coffee, fine baking and a wealth of food and culture are literally right around the corner! Oh and then there’s High Park just a few blocks away.

What We Don't

Few sales + high demand mean competition can be fierce. Homework is the name of the game here, driven by a need to put your best and final out first if you want to join Roncy’s happy homeowner brigade!

Property Statistics in Roncesvalles

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Source: TREB Statistics

Roncesvalles village offers you some beautiful home buying opportunities, on the rare occasion that they come available. Turnover here is low and bidding wars have been frequent in recent years. “Families, not flippers” is the more common trend here these days, and the families making the jump are digging deep to move into the definition of a family-friendly neighbourhood.

Most homes are attached or semi-detached, with rare fully detached homes appearing on some of the residentially focused side streets. Well-maintained Victorian and Edwardian homes line the streets with pretty porches and beautiful gardens. In recent years a few condo buildings have appeared broadening the demographic of the neighbourhood slightly.

Roncesvalles is green. VERY green. The neighbourhood is littered with mature trees, and its proximity to High Park and the lake make it an ideal spot for those wanting to stick close to outdoor recreation. Proximity to vast green space helps avoid stroller congestion on weekends!

Area: 2km

Population: 15,050


Kids: 15%

Youth: 9%

Seniors: 16%

Visible Minority: 31.7%

Average Family Income: $82,993


Lower Education: 29.5%

Higher Education: 7.4%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 45%

Tenanted Homes: 55%

There are a number of school options nearby that can satisfy desires for public, separate, private and Montessori. The local Montessori spot has been a staple of the neighbourhood for 40+ years and occupies a beautiful home right across from High Park.


Fern Avenue Public School
Tamarack West Outdoor School
St. Josaphat Catholic School
ÉÉC du Sacré-Coeur-Toronto
St. Helen Catholic School
Howard Junior Public School


St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School
Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School
Alexander Muir/Gladstone Ave Junior and Senior Public School


High Park Gardens Montessori

Proximity to downtown is one of the most appealing things about this tight-knit community. Streetcar enthusiasts boast it’s the best line in the city, and it provides easy access to both connecting lines and the Bloor subway. Auto lovers have no love lost either as both the Queensway and Gardiner provide a quick exit from the city.

About Roncesvalles

What’s not to like about Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood? Streets are lined with beautiful homes, friendly faces, burgeoning local businesses, and some of the city’s best parks. Walking down Roncesvalles Avenue, the smell of homemade bread and rich coffee coming from nearby Mabel’s Bakery serves as a reminder that “Roncey” is a neighbourhood abundant in life’s simple pleasures.

No longer one of Toronto’s best-kept secrets, the restoration of the neighbourhood has resulted in destination-worthy restaurants, boutiques, pubs, and indie coffee houses. Staying true to its roots, authentic Polish butchers, delicatessens, and restaurants stand strong with the area’s newest entrepreneurial ‘allies’. The seamless mixture of old and new combine effortlessly to create a tight-knit community that has everything a resident would need—or want.

Bordering High Park, Roncesvalles is the perfect place to run the dog, go on a stroller-equipped coffee date with friends, or be first to the High Park Cherry Blossom watch. Suitable for any active Torontonian or nature-loving family, Roncesvalles fosters well-being and community at every corner. And how can we forget the Annual Polish Festival? Held each September, it is a testament to the neighbourhood’s strong Polish community roots.

Roncesvalles brims with turn-of-the-century brick homes, inviting porches, sweeping gardens, and charming laneways. Houses are located within walking, or short driving, distance to local schools and amenities. Real estate in this vibrant area is highly sought-after and homes listed for sale in the neighbourhood typically sell quickly.

Fun fact: Roncesvalles Avenue takes its name from the Battle of Roncesvalles, which took place in Spain’s Roncesvalles Pass in 1813. (The name ‘Roncesvalles’ means ‘valley of thorns’ in Spanish.) It was at this gully that Colonel Walter O’Hara — an early 19th-century Irish settler who played a significant role in the establishment of the neighbourhood — once led the winning regiment that fought against Napoleon’s army.

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