Roncesvalles Village is known as one of the most popular and diverse neighbourhoods in the west-end of Toronto. This vibrant and treed community that's steps to High Park attracts both families and singles alike wanting to call this pocket their home. At any given time of day, you can find an assortment of residents strolling along the shopping district, ranging from the Seniors who’ve lived there for decades to the young urban parents pushing their strollers and walking their dogs.
This hood has an artistic and creative vibe which has sustained such cultural venues as the Revue Cinema, which is one of Canada’s oldest movie houses. This tight-knit community banded together to help declare the Revue a historical site in 2007 and encouraged some local residents to purchase the building and allow the community to operate the cinema as a non-profit business.
Roncesvalles is still associated with being the Little Poland of Toronto with all of the delicious bakeries, butchers and restaurants that attract people from across the city. At the same time a number of fab boutiques and eateries have joined the area and together this myriad of businesses independently owned and operated, create a hip neighbourhood that offers a little bit of everything including character and charm! Stroll down Roncesvalles with the café’s serving fair trade brew, specialty gift shops, organic grocers and health food stores, shoe boutiques, book and music stores, art and video shops, hardware stores and restaurants offering various gourmet cuisines with music venues and second-run flicks at the revitalized Revue Cinema. Put it all together and you’ve got a unique urban setting in the Roncy hood, that is quickly becoming known as Toronto's "Foodie" destination.
True to being such a leafy and lush area, Roncesvalles also boasts being just steps to High Park, with its 400 acres of forests, playgrounds, Grenadier Pond, Zoo, baseball diamond, outdoor theatre and swimming pool. Also nearby is Sorauren Park at the corner of Wabash and Sorauren, which was the site of a former bus garage. It’s a multi-use park in Roncesvalles Village and Parkdale area with the field house the 1st phase of bringing back an industrial site for community use. The park features 2 tennis courts, 2 soccer fields and a field house with a playground across Wabash from the park.
The area residents also are able to quickly access historic Sunnyside Pavilion which proudly sits along the Lakefront with playgrounds, picnic areas, pool, boardwalk and recreational trails. For the water enthusiasts the Argonaut Rowing Club and Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club are along the waterfront.
Part of living in the city and enjoying an urban lifestyle is sometimes being able to leave the car at home, or in some cases choosing to not even have one. Living in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood makes this an easier decision. They’ve had a long and proud association with the TTC since 1895. Five streetcar routes serve the area which can be accessed by such choices as The Lakeshore West, Queen Street West, Dundas Street West, College Street and King Street West. The northern part of Roncesvalles is only minutes walk to the Dundas subway on the Bloor-Danforth line.
Aside from the amazing shopping district and the close proximity to downtown Toronto; the other huge draw for those choosing to live within this beautiful treed area of Roncesvalles Village is the style and character of the homes.
Roncy's unique housing stock ranges from Victorian to Edwardian houses, Detached, Semis and Attached properties. Grand mansions from yesteryear line the treed winding streets boasting their whimsical historical features. Solid brick houses with Victorian gables, columned front porches for relaxing after a long day, fireplaces and interior wood trim and finishes, stained and leaded glass windows are just some of the features of these homes. Blended together you’ll find two-storey, two-and-a-half storey and three-storey houses. Unlike today’s mishmash of infills, these homes flow together for a timeless landscape.
Today, many of these properties have been renovated and restored while still keeping their original period details intact. Modern conveniences have been added to compliment contemporary designs. High-end finishes along with state-of-the-art technology marry together with the vintage character.
Like many Urban Toronto neighbourhoods, parking is at a premium and it’s another "green" reason for considering using "Zipcars" on demand as well as public transportation. Many of the local residents use permit street parking with some of the properties having rear laneways along with garages, front pad parking or a rare private drive.
Amongst the mature homes found nestled in the Roncesvalles Village neighbourhood, are a small number of condos and lofts that are meeting the demands and needs of urban first-time buyers as well as residents downsizing or looking for a condo-lifestyle. These unique buildings include commercial, industrial and church loft conversions as well as High Park Lofts on Roncesvalles Avenue being Toronto's first geothermal condo building. New construction to the neighbourhood is also bringing in mid-rise warehouse styled condos at 383 Sorauren and another geothermal project on Howard Park called Howard Park: Residences in Roncesvalles Village, with both condos and townhouses.
Roncesvalles residents are strongly attached to their community with it's fabulous shops and eateries, and more often than not are choosing to remain in their neighbourhood when making the decision to move to a larger or different type of space.. Roncesvalles Village has become the "Village" that you just want to keep living and playing in!