Average sales price freehold (2009): $1,577,157; (2010): $1,663,589

Lowest price sold (2009): $529,000; (2010): $571,000

Highest price sold (2009): $7,637,500; (2010): $6,250,000

Average sales price condo (2009): $567,689; (2010): $705,368

Postal code: M4W

Boundaries: C.P.R. Tracks – Rosedale Valley Rd; Bayview Ave – Yonge St

Subway Stations: Rosedale and Summerhill

Rosedale is Toronto’s distinguished neighbourhood, known for the grand homes that line the winding, tree filled roads. It’s been said that “Old Money” lives here. The wealthiest families live in Rosedale; their incomes are second only to those living in The Bridal Path.

The neighbourhood is closed off from the rest of the city, engulfed by gorgeous ravines and streets that follow the earth’s natural topography, resulting in low traffic and a remarkably quiet atmosphere. Yonge St, north of Church St, is lined with upscale boutiques, fine restaurants and luxury condos.

Real Estate: For the most part, the homes were built between 1860 and 1930 and the architectural integrity has been well preserved. A good percentage of the buildings are protected by the Ontario Heritage Act, making it difficult to alter the appearance of the historically significant facades, let along demolish the buildings completely.

The prevalent architectural styles are Georgian and Edwardian. Georgian architecture, in particular, is very easy to observe. The front door is typically gabled with transom windows, decorative pilasters and a crown over the front door.

Quoining is used at the corners either to give the impression of strength and firmness.

The Adam is a variation on a Georgian style, symmetrical and often three stories. Windows are typically double-hung and there are usually six panes of glass per window. The front door typically has a fanlight with side lights, elaborate pilasters and a crown.

Parks: The Don Valley Brick Works is a former quarry and industrial site located in the Don River valley. Currently the buildings sit mostly unused while the quarry has been converted into a city park which includes a series of naturalized ponds. The park section of the Brick Works includes a series of three ponds, a large meadow and a small forest.

Chorley Park is a beautiful plot of naturalized land filled with trails, also boasts a beautiful view of the Don River Valley.

Hot Spots:

Summerhill Market – 446 Summerhill Ave
Summerhill Market is a hidden gem beloved by Rosedale residents and other mid-town locals. It’s not cheap but inside are the finest quality groceries, meats, fish, produce and gourmet treats.

Pastis – 1158 Yonge St
Right in the heart of Rosedale, Pastis Express is a well-known restaurant with an extensive menu and a classy ambiance.

Olliffe – 1097 Yonge St
Olliffe is Rosedale’s favourite butcher. The meat selection is probably without equal in Toronto and there are always new prepared creations ready to be picked up for a no-fuss dinner.

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#1 Jimi Hendrix Interview on 04.03.12 at 2:48 am

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#2 Hanna in the City on 04.04.12 at 4:56 pm


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