Known for its European influence, Roncesvalles exudes a small-town feel amid the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Bordered by Roncesvalles Ave., Dundas West, Landsdowne Ave. and The Queensway, this neighbourhood is very popular among young families who like the idea of raising their kids in a safe and quaint neighborhood while still having quick access to downtown and other amenities.
Many of the homes in Roncesvalles are original turn-of-the-century Victorian and Edwardian homes that are accented with unique architectural details. Front porches and lush gardens surround these quaint houses, most of which are attached or semi-detached properties, with a few detached homes here and there. Garages are typically found behind the homes and out of sight from the streetscape.
Properties in Roncesvalles are highly sought after by homebuyers in Toronto. As such, the real estate in this neighborhood is currently experiencing a healthy level of revitalization and gentrification with a new generation of homeowners who enjoy the charm of older homes.
Lovingly dubbed “Roncy” by the locals, Roncesvalles is known for its Polish community who has a heavy influence on the community. The Roncesvalles Polish Festival, which takes place every year in September, attracts thousands of people. The festival includes Polish dancers, children's games, rides, polka bands and tons of ethnic food and refreshments.
The close proximity to High Park offers residents close access to waterfront bicycle and walking trails. Visitors to this park can take part in all sorts of sporting activities, including tennis and fishing in Grenadier Pond. There’s also a children's playground and a zoo. Local parks include Sorauren Park and the Charles G.Williams Park, and the Keele Community Centre has an indoor swimming pool.
Torontonians enjoy strolling down the oversized sidewalks to head to local markets, shops, cafes and pastry shops in the neighborhood. The area is also known for offering affordable health foods, gifts, hardware and clothing at a discount. Roncesvalles residents have their pick of the litter when it comes to restaurants, with favourites including Pizzeria Defina, Easy Restaurant, Hey, and Lit Espresso Bar.
Residents have the advantage of hopping on and off the streetcars along Queen St., Dundas St., and Roncesvalles Ave., with stops at a number of subway stations along both the
Yonge-University-Spadina and Bloor-Danforth subway lines. Go Transit also has a station at the north-east corner of Bloor St West and Dundas St West. Commuters travelling by car can quickly hop on the Gardiner to get out of the city, and can get to the downtown core within 15 minutes.