For over a century, Rosedale been Toronto's most sought-after neighbourhood, with its beautiful ravines and parkland attracting many of Toronto's wealthiest and prominent citizens. The area was homesteaded in the 1820s by Sherrif William Botsford Jarvis, and his wife Mary named it for the wild roses on the Jarvis estate. The south part of Rosedale was subdivided in 1864, and the streets followed the Jarvis's horseback trails around the estate. In 1909, after the Park Ravine was bridged for Glen Rd, the south part of Rosedale was developed. Though St. Andrews College and the Rosedale Golf Club were originally located here, they have long since moved away.
Motorists are just minutes away from the Don Valley Parkway, and can access downtown via Mount Pleasant Road/Jarvis Street. TTC provides bus service connecting to the Rosedale station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.
The community is served by 3 elementary schools, 2 public high schools, and 3 private schools. Nearby colleges includes De La Salle College on Avenue Road at Farnham, George Brown College just south of Davenport, St Michael's College nearby at Bathurst & St Clair. University of Toronto is accessed via the Bloor-Danforth subway, and York University's Glendon Campus just north on Bayview Rd.
The community has access to first rate furnishings, retail and restaurants along Yonge Street, between Crescent Rd and Summerhill.
Rosedale has several ravines which have recreational pathways that are part of the Beltway trail system that continues for 8 kilometres, and there are access points to ravines throughout the community. Rosedale Park has 8 tennis courts, and outdoor ice rink, a sports field, a playground and a wading pool. Nearby Ramsden Park (west of Yonge Street) has 12 tennis courts, an outdoor ice rink, a playground, and a wading pool.
Rosedale's many historical homes date to between 1860 and 1930 and are listed on the Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties. They are typically mansions in the Victorian, Georgian, Tudor, and Edwardian styles. Along the ravine beside Bloor are a number of high-rise condominium buildings, and along Glen Rd are a number of modern homes. Homes in Rosedale run from low-medium to luxury levels. More Rosedale Photos