Rosedale Guide

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History

Rosedale was created when Sherrif William Botsford Jarvis and his wife Mary settled on a homestead in the 1820's. Mary Jarvis herself came up with the Rosedale name, as a tribute to the profusion of wild roses that graced the hillsides of the Jarvis estate.
Mary's frequent walks and horseback rides through Rosedale blazed a trail for the meandering and winding streets have become Rosedale's trademark. The Jarvis family sold the Rosedale homestead in 1864 which led to the subdivision and development of South Rosedale.

North Rosedale's development began in 1909 when a bridge was built over the Park Drive ravine. Prior to its residential development North Rosedale had been the original home of St. Andrews College and the Rosedale Golf Club. It was also the site of the former lacrosse grounds, where the Canadian Football League's first Grey Cup game was played.

Present

For more than one hundred years Rosedale has held the distinction of being Toronto's most fashionable address. Located north of Downtown Toronto, it is known as the area where the city's "Old Money" lives.  Many of Toronto's wealthiest and most prominent citizens reside in the Rosedale making it one of the wealthiest and highly priced neighbourhoods in Canada.

Only a few minutes from Toronto's major business, entertainment and shopping districts, residents of Rosedale feel as though they live miles away, simply because the neighbourhod is surrounded by three beautiful ravines, preserved as parkland. Even though Rosedale is located in the middle of Toronto, and has many convoluted routes that wind through the neighbourhood, virtually no vehicular traffic can be heard due to the abundance of trees and foliage that surround the community.

South Rosedale is currently home to an exclusive all-girls school, Branksome Hall. Rosedale Public School is a small elementary school in central Rosedale that is across the street from Rosedale's community centre: Mooredale House.

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 within the City of Toronto's Rosedale-Moore Park neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is divided into a north and south portion by the Park Drive Ravine.

Homes

Homes in Rosedale are mostly single family Victorian, Georgian, Tudor, and Edwardian style mansions that were built between 1860 and 1930. Many Rosedale homes are listed on the Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties. South Rosedale also contains a number of condominium, co-operative, and co-ownership apartment buildings. These apartments are surprisingly affordable and provide a good entry into the neighbourhood.

Shopping

Rosedale residents living west of Mount Pleasant Road are within walking distance of the upscale shops and restaurants, located on Yonge Street, in the Summerhill area. North Rosedale residents, east of Mount Pleasant Road, can obtain all of their household needs within a small commercial block on Summerhill Avenue, at the very north end of Rosedale.

Recreation & Leisure

Rosedale is passed through by a network of ancient ravines, including the Vale of Avoca, Moore Park, Park Drive and Rosedale Valley ravines. The beautiful trails in these ravines are enjoyed by nature, and fitness enthusiasts alike. Access points to Rosedale's ravine trails are located at designated spots throughout the neighbourhood.

Rosedale Park, located off Schofield Avenue, has eight tennis courts, a sports field, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool. Ramsden Park, off Yonge Street, features four tennis courts, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool.

Mooredale House is a community centre run by the Rosedale and Moore Park resident associations. There is a small annual fee to join Mooredale, which offers sports, fitness, arts, and music programs for adults and children.

Transporatation

Rosedale buses run on South Drive, Crescent and Glen Roads, as well as Summerhill, Maclennan, Highland and Elm Avenues. The Rosedale buses connect with the Rosedale station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line or the Sherbourne station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.  Motorists are just minutes away from the Don Valley Parkway.

Check out another useful site with more information on Rosedale. Goto www.rosedalemainstreet.ca.