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Riverdale Neighbourhood

Known as the gateway to Toronto’s east end, Riverdale is a large, diverse neighbourhood close to schools, transit, parklands, and downtown conveniences.

Although it is a high-density urban area, the many surrounding green spaces and quaint neighbourhood shops give it a family-friendly, community feel.

Railway labourers built the first homes in Riverdale in the 1850’s. The construction of the Prince Edward Viaduct (Toronto’s largest bridge) in 1918 brought further residential development to the area and provided a link to the city’s downtown core. Today, Riverdale is a bustling mix of families, retailers, artisans and professionals who enjoy the more recent renewal of Toronto’s east end.

Riverdale Homes

Riverdale is comprised mainly of two and three-storey Victorian homes built between 1880 and 1920. These charming gingerbread homes have either laneway or street parking, and are shaded by the tallest Maple trees in Toronto.

Riverdale Real Estate Market

The homes of South Riverdale tend to be smaller, older, and more affordable than those in North Riverdale. That said, both North and South Riverdale both offer opportunities for reasonably priced real estate as the area east of the Don River experiences a recent upgrade in the form of new construction and hip, downtown cafes and shops. Much like neighbouring Leslieville, Riverdale is a smart real estate choice from both a lifestyle and investment perspective as the area’s value increases with gentrification.

Riverdale Schools

Riverdale has an abundance of options when it comes to excellent public education in Toronto, including top-ranked and highly coveted Jackman Avenue Junior Public School.

Living in Riverdale

Riverdale is bordered by some of Toronto’s most vibrant cultures and communities, including Greek Town (on Danforth Avenue, east of Broadview Avenue), and a smaller, east end Chinatown with its bakeries, grocery stands, and restaurants (in and around the intersection of Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue). Additional retailers can be found at Queen Broadview Village and Gerrard Square (at Pape Avenue and Gerrard Street East).

Between the big shopping streets, Riverdale is home to a meandering system of parks and parkettes. Riverdale Park East has an outdoor pool and running track,

Withrow Park is home to a popular community farmer’s market, while Jimmie Simpson Park offers tennis courts, a wading pool, a hockey rink and a baseball diamond. The Riverdale neighbourhood encompasses four public libraries for further community programming.

Riverdale Area Transportation

Regular TTC bus and streetcar service runs along Broadview, Carlaw, Jones and Greenwood Avenues, as well as Queen Street East and Gerrard Street connecting to the various Bloor-Danforth subway stations of Broadview, Chester, Pape, Donlands and Greenwood.

5 minute drive to Don Valley Parkway, Lake Shore Boulevard East, and Gardiner Expressway.

*Courtesy of Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage