No search for luxury real estate in Toronto is complete without mentioning the leafy streets of classy Rosedale. There is a reason this area is so well known. Not only are the houses stunning in an understated kind of way, but you can enjoy the sereneness of this quiet residential enclave while still being centrally located just above downtown Toronto. Traffic is very light here due to twisty roads and cul-de-sacs, nature is practically at your doorstep with all of the ravines that traverse the community, and the western border host a variety of amazing restaurants and shopping. Schools here are a step above what most other communities offer. There is the Rosedale School of the Arts and Branksome Hall offers an International Baccalaureate education for girls as well.
The homes here are mostly large detached dwellings, many of which are over 100 years old. Stylistically, they range from Edwardian and Tudor to the more ubiquitous Victorian and Georgian. There are some McMansion’s being built here now, but nothing like neighbouring Forest Hill. This has always been Toronto’s old-money neighbourhood, and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
Built on the estate of William Botsford Jarvis, it is named after the wild roses that grew there in abundance in the 1800's. Built in an area with three ravines, Rosedale offers an impressive country feel considering it's location in the middle of the city. This is the place where one of Canada's greatest artists, Robert Bateman learned to love the outdoors. He would often ramble around the ravine after school and learned to appreciate the abundant wildlife which lived there. If you have the means, this is definitely one of the nicest areas in the city to live.
Branksome Hall - Girls school offer the International Baccalaureate program. Known for it's rigourous academic program.
Rosedale Heights School of the Arts - An arts-based public school in the area.