Vibrant, bustling, and family-oriented, the Roncesvalles community can often feel more like a European village than a neighbourhood in the big city.
Much of that feeling is thanks to its strong Polish influence and roots. After the Second World War, an influx of Polish residents settled in the area. They built St. Casimir’s Church, established much of the Roncesvalles real estate, and paved the way for the many families and young Torontonians that call the neighbourhood home today. Here is what a home typically sells for in this community (Sourced TREB July 2018 – March 6, 2019):
- Amazing shops and restaurants on Roncesvalles Ave
- This is Toronto’s Little Poland and home to the annual Polish festival
- Locals know each other’s names and there are more independent stores than big brands
- Check out Gate 403; jazz bar with live music daily
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There is an artistic and eclectic vibe to the Roncesvalles neighbourhood which attracts singles, young families, and professionals who appreciate the neighbourhood’s central-but-not-downtown location. Great independent shops, restaurants, and cafés line Roncesvalles Avenue, adding convenience to any errand run or night out, while easy access to both High Park and the lakefront provide residents with a touch of nature.
Getting around in Roncesvalles is easier without a vehicle. Streetcars are prioritized on Roncesvalles and cars are actually discouraged (there’s also a lack of parking available). The community surrounding Roncesvalles real estate is very walkable and bike-friendly, with public transportation readily available
Streetcar routes run along Roncesvalles Avenue, Queen Street, and Dundas Street, connecting residents to Dundas West Station and Lansdowne Station.
Roncesvalles has many well-established family-friendly events throughout the year. Some local favourites include the annual Pumpkin Parade in Soruaren Park and the annual Roncesvalles Polish Festival, which is North America’s largest Polish celebration!
Sorauren Park itself is a much-loved community hub for families, especially for the farmers’ market which is held outside from May-October and moves inside to the Fieldhouse in the colder months. You’ll not only find local goods and produce here, but also entertainment and activities for kids.
Other events at Sorauren Park include outdoor movie screenings, summer camps, music programs, fitness classes, and the “Wa Bash”. The park also features an off-leash dog park, a playground, tennis courts, and an ice rink.
Roncesvalles real estate still retains its historical charm. Most of the homes here are turn-of-the-century semi-detached and detached homes. Some of the houses have been subdivided into apartments by investment buyers. You’ll notice a few newer condo developments in the neighbourhood, including Howard Park and The Roncy, as well as beautiful loft conversions such as the Robert Watson Lofts building.
|School||Fraser Institute Score||Address|
|Garden Ave. Junior Public School||8.3||225 Garden Avenue|
|Fern Avenue Jr. & Sr. Public School||6.7||128 Fern Avenue|
|Howard Jr. Public School||7.4||30 Marmaduke Street|
|Parkdale Jr. & Sr. Public School||2.1||78 Seaforth Avenue|
|Parkdale Collegiate Institute||5.3||209 Jameson Avenue|
|School||Fraser Institute Score||Address|
|St. Vincent de Paul||8.1||116 Fermanagh Avenue|
|Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton||4.4||1515 Bloor Street West|
Future home of Wabash Community Centre – mid 2023
40 Wabash Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
Parkdale Recreation Centre
75 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
361 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
1660 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
St. Joseph’s Health Centre
30 The Queensway, Toronto, ON, Canada
1645 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
High Park Library
228 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
The Revue Cinema
400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
100 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
Ed’s Real Scoop
189 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
Cherry Bomb Coffee
79 Roncesvalles Avenue
Lit Espresso Bar
221 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
Local Kitchen & Wine Bar
1710 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
Parts & Labor
1566 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
2125 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
392 Roncesvalles Avenue
Parkdale Collegiate Institute
209 Jameson Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
289 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
299 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
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