A sought after neighbourhood in Toronto is Rosedale. This area is home to Toronto’s most prominent and wealthiest residents. Residents feel far removed from the city with the abundance of parkland and ravines in Rosedale. It is conveniently located just steps away from Toronto businesses, shopping districts, and entertainment.
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, C09.
Rosedale is an affluent neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which was formerly the estate of William Botsford Jarvis and so named by his wife, granddaughter of William Dummer Powell, for the wild roses that grew there in abundance.
It is located north of Downtown Toronto and is one of its oldest suburbs. It is also one of the wealthiest and most highly priced neighbourhoods in Canada. It is known as the area where the city’s ‘Old Money‘ lives, and is home to some of Canada’s richest and most famous citizens, including Ken Thomson who was the richest man in Canada at the time of his death.
South Rosedale was first settled by Sheriff William Jarvis and his wife, Mary, in the 1820s. Mary Jarvis, whose frequent walks and horseback rides blazed the trails for Rosedale’s meandering streets (which are one of the area’s trademarks), named Rosedale as a tribute to the abundance of wild roses that graced the hillsides of the Jarvis estate. The Jarvis Family sold the Rosedale homestead in 1864, which led to the residential development of the area soon after.
A noteworthy piece of Rosedale’s History, is that is was home to Ontario’s fourth Government House. The house was called Chorley Park, and it was built for the Lieutenant Governor in 1915. It was demolished in 1960 by the city of Toronto to save money. It is now a public park of the same name.