Toronto's Riverdale community is a thriving residential neighbourhood, bounded by the Don River Valley to the west, Sammon Avenue to the north, Jones Avenue and Donlands Avenue to the east, and Gerrard Street to the south.
Beautiful homes, tree-lined streets, vibrant shopping districts, a thriving arts community make this one of Toronto's most sought after neighbourhoods. Add easy access to the Danforth, Downtown Toronto, parks and great schools and it's no wonder that this community is a popular choice for buyers.
Shopping & Dining in Riverdale
Riverdale's prime shopping and dining can be found on it's main thoroughfares - the Danforth is home to great clothing, furniture and accessories shops alongside dozens of cafes, restaurants and bistros, many with a decidedly Greek influence. Once you're south of Gerrard, there's an almost seamless transition to the eclectic boutiques, galleries , high-end restaurants and funky coffee shops that run along Queen Street throughout Leslieville.
Riverdale Toronto Parks and Recreation
Riverdale denizens can take in the sun or a stroll or take part in activities in one of three area parks:
Riverdale Park East - This large park features three baseball diamonds, a skating rink, tennis courts, and a running track. A community centre is currently under construction on the site, which will offer more options for activities.
Withrow Park - Also offering tennis courts and a community centre, this park is a dog-lovers dream, featuring a large off-leash area. which has a large off-leash dog area.
Jimmy Simpson Park - Amenities here include tennis courts and a community centre, as well as the Royal Canadian Curling Club, host to a league of close to 500 members.
The many neighbourhoods of Riverdale
Riverdale is comprised of many diverse neighbourhoods, offering buyers many diverse options when choosing where to buy.
South Riverdale, the southern half of the Riverdale neighbourhood, is bounded by the Don Valley Parkway to the west, Jones Ave. to the east, Gerrard Street East to the north, and Lake Shore Boulevard to the south.
South Riverdale is comprised of many smaller communities:
Riverside, formerly known as the Queen Broadview Village is a small neighbourhood located within the larger neighbourhood of South Riverdale, Its a mixed income and largely multicultural neighbourhood, currently experiencing a trend of gentrification along Queen St. East and Broadview Ave. A large number of schools can be found in this area, just east of Broadview.
East Chinatown in Riverdale
At Broadview and Gerard, East Chinatown is Toronto's second largest Chinatown, with plenty of shopping options for those looking for exotic fruits and vegetables as well as great prices on staples.
The Studio District
The southern part of South Riverdale, just north of the Port Lands, is the Studio District. Industrial warehouses along Lakeshore avenue house production studios, with many film employees living in the Victorian houses along its tree-lined streets. This area has become a hub for the arts, with many artists operating from live-work studios.
The Pocket, referred to by the city as Blake-Jones, is a pocket of tree-lined streets with residences built just before the turn of the century to the 1930s. There are still a few houses in this part of Riverdale are more affordable than other areas, and most homes are semi-detached.