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REFINED ROSEDALE

Refined Rosedale

THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IN TORONTO, WITH WINDING, TREE-LINED STREETS AND STATELY MANSIONS, IS STILL CLOSE TO THE CANADIAN CITY’S FINANCIAL CENTER

With its winding tree-lined streets and grand mansions, Rosedale is one of Toronto’s most charming, exclusive, and sought-after neighborhoods.

“There’s a real sense of community,” says Paul Maranger, broker, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada-Paul & Christian Associates.

Despite its grandeur, it’s very neighborly, says business partner and sales representative Christian Vermast: “There are parks, and the streets are very walkable, so you always see people out exercising or walking the family dog.”

This Georgian-style home in Rosedale, asking just under C$7 million, is on one of the picturesque neighborhood’s secret streets. It has a private garden and a swimming pool.
This Georgian-style home in Rosedale, asking just under C$7 million, is on one of the picturesque neighborhood’s secret streets. It has a private garden and a swimming pool.

Photo Credit: Alex Rothe

A VARIETY OF ICONIC HERITAGE HOMES

The neighborhood, in the heart of the city of Toronto, is bounded by Bloor Street on the south, Yonge Street on the west, Bayview Avenue on the east, and Whitehall Road on the north.

“What’s wonderful about Rosedale is the tremendous diversity of housing styles,” Maranger says, adding that lots typically are 50 by 120 feet, and prices vary according to the square footage of the residence.

Vermast notes that because Rosedale is surrounded by ravines that limit vehicular traffic, it’s very quiet and peaceful.

It has two sections, each of which features different eras of historic housing, whose prices range from C$4 million to C$20 million.

In north Rosedale, which was planned in the 1930s, estates are in the English Tudor and other historical-based styles popular during that era. South Rosedale, which dates to the 1880s, features Victorian and Edwardian mansions.

Although there are around 2,500 houses in Rosedale, at the end 2021 there were only 20 in the greater Rosedale area on the market. “In normal conditions, there should be 80 to 100 for sale, so we are in extremely tight market conditions,” Maranger says.

In addition, there are some low-rise Mid-Century Modern horizontal co-ops that were built in the 1950s on the sites of former mansions.

Along the neighborhood’s periphery, there are a number of condo buildings built from the 1980s to the present day. For instance, Scrivener Square, which comprises a pair of mid-rise Parisian-inspired buildings built 17 years ago, is one of the city’s most sought after. At the latest project, 7 Dale Avenue, which is still under construction and which Vermast calls “an architectural marvel,” units sell for C$6 million to C$15 million.

“Rosedale residents range from young families with children to seniors who have lived in their homes for generations,” Maranger says.

It’s the neighborhood of choice for many senior-level executives, Vermast adds, “because the city has a vibrant international business community—financial capital markets, health research companies, high-tech ventures—and Rosedale is a short distance to all those sectors.”

WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE

From location, nightlife spots, fine-dining establishments, and luxury shops to green spaces, the heritage-protected neighborhood, whose name comes from the wild roses that grew on the original estate, represents the best the city has to offer.

Rosedale has a distinct look and feel. “Rosedale’s meandering streets twist and wind so much that it’s easy to get lost,” Maranger says. “It feels more European than other areas of the city.”

Vermast notes that “there’s parkland galore,” adding that Rosedale Park has tennis courts and soccer fields, Chorley Park features vast lawns, and Craigleigh Gardens caters to dogs.

And the neighborhood is walkable: Rosedale Ravine has 5.5 miles of hiking trails and connects to the Evergreen Brick Works, a former quarry that has ponds and a large farmer’s market

In May, the annual Mayfair festival, which features everything from carnival rides to live bands, is held in Rosedale Park.

The community, which is close to Toronto’s Financial, Discovery, and Hospital districts, is a short subway ride from the shops and restaurants in the Yorkville neighborhood and the upscale shopping district Mink Mile along Bloor Street.

Favorite dining spots in the area include Sash, which serves seasonal, internationally inspired American cuisine; Sorrel, which has a French-Mediterranean menu and an extensive wine list; Quanto Basta, an upscale bistro with Italian entrees and a lengthy wine list; Terroni, which has Italian fare and rooftop seating; and the Rosedale Diner, which serves brunch, dinner, wine, and beer.

The Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, a private athletic club in the heart of Rosedale, also offers fine dining for members.

For luxury shopping, residents also head to Yonge Street, which is filled with high-fashion clothing shops and interior design stores.

Hopson Grace is as well-known for its window displays as it is for the home goods it sells; Parterre Flowers specializes in custom, European-style arrangements; and Summerhill LCBO, which is located in the city’s historic train station, is the liquor store brand’s flagship.

For gourmet provisions, residents go to Harvest Wagon, Olliffe Butcher Shop, Nadege Patisserie, and Pisces Gourmet Seafood Specialty Shop.

Maranger adds that the Summerhill Market, which is in north Rosedale, “is one of the city’s best purveyors of high-quality prepared foods and gourmet/deluxe groceries.”

Residents often join the Royal Canadian Yacht Club or the York Club; they are about five kilometers away.

The neighborhood is home to Branksome Hall, an International Baccalaureate World School and university-preparatory school for girls in junior kindergarten to 12th grade. Other private schools close by include Upper Canada College, for boys in senior kindergarten to 12th grade; the York School, a co-educational institution for students in junior kindergarten to 12th grade; and the Mabin School, a co-educational school for students in junior kindergarten to 6th grade.

Rosedale’s lovely backyards and abundant parkland, the agents say, make it the ideal home for families. “It’s very lush and green,” Vermast says. “Most people can’t believe it’s so close to the financial center. No city in the world has that luxury.”

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