Average Home Price: $547, 929 (2008)

Most common housing type: Semi-detached, 2 storey 3 bedroom

The elusive detached: 41%

Keeping up with the Joneses? Jackman Avenue Jr is ranked #121 out of 2742 Ontario elementary schools.  Parents’ average income is $135,100.  Frankland PS is ranked #86 out of 2742 Ontario elementary schools.  Parents’ average income is $132,600.

Houseflies around the city answer our questions…

My average neighbour is – 40’s, married with 2 kids, 1 dog and a backyard organic vegetable garden

What do you love about your neighborhood? Living so close to downtown, having the convenience of the subway line, wonderful parks and schools, and a tight-knit artistic community.

Riverdale Park - a favourite haunt of tobogganers, young and old

What do you like least about your neighborhood? Unless you feel like Greek or pub food, there aren’t too many dining options on the Danforth.  Also, along with the retired hipsters like the Barenaked Ladies and Gord Downie, the area is home to many well-do white collar professionals.  The neighborhood can feel like Rosedale East at times.

What do you wish you knew before you bought in the area? That fine dining would never really make it onto the Danforth.

Best places to dine? Allen’s, Globe Bistro, The Big Carrot Café, Pantheon, The Taste of the Danforth in August

Best places to caffeinate? Rooster Coffee House, Riverdale Perk Café, Starbucks

Best places to get boozy? Dora Keogh

Looking for organic dinosaur kale or organic brown rice flour in bulk? Your search ends here!

Best places to shop? The Big Carrot, Grassroots, 10,000 Villages, Treasure Island Toys, Body Blue

Best places to toss a frisbee? Withrow Park, Riverdale Park

Best street / worst street and why?

Best street: Carlaw Ave – Although there is a steady flow of one-way traffic, the homes are stunning and offer direct access to Withrow Park and a panoramic view of the skyline.

Worst street: Dearbourne Ave – The sounds and smells of the Danforth are too close for comfort and the street becomes clogged with shoppers looking for parking.

Must drive or TTC friendly? Metro pass all the way.  You can be anywhere in the city in 10 minutes.

Recent Nabe Sales:

Logan/Gerrard, Semi-Detached, 3 beds, 1 bath, 2 parking spots

List: $549,000

Sold: $679,000 (123% of list, Feb 2010)

The Deets: This Beautiful Victorian Semi In Prime Riverdale Has An Inviting Front Porch And Original Stained Glass Windows. Bright Main Floor Features Soaring Ceilings, Open Concept Lr/Dr With New Hardwood Floors. Spacious Eat-In Kitchen Has French Doors Leading To Lovely City Garden,Two Car Parking. Withrow School District,Close To Fabulous Parks, Ttc On Gerrard & Broadview. Loft Potential (Plans Available) + Opportunity To Finish Bsmt (Separate Entrance).**** EXTRAS **** Fridge,Glass Top Stove,Dw,Security Alarm (Mon Extra),Cac (05),Hwt(Rental),Washer/Dryer,Window Coverings

Carlaw/Withrow, Detached, 4 beds, 3 baths, 1 parking spot

List: $849,900

Sold: $908,000 (107% of list, Feb 2010)

The Deets: Quality Renovated Prime Riverdale Detached Steps To Withrow Park,Spacious 3 Sty,4 Bedrm,3 Baths,Gr Flr Family Rm & 2 Pce,Limestone Foyer And Fireplace Hearth. Front Yard Parking,Well Treed Garden,Landscaped Front And Back. New Rear Deck.**** EXTRAS **** Built-In Subzero Fridge,Stainless Wall Oven,Jenn-Air Cooktop,Pella Windows,Washer,Dryer,New Stainless Dishwasher,Window Coverings.Built-Ins In 2nd Bedroom. ElevatorBasement To 3rd Floor,Ramps Front And Back.


2 Responses to “Riverdale”

  1. dale Says:

    Truly a great neighbourhood, in the perfect location. My few cents:

    (1) globe is actually a very good restaurant

    (2) best coffee (and view) by far now belongs to the recently arrived rooster coffee house, across from riverdale park. [but where have demo’s statues gone?]

    (3) despite the jackman obsession, frankland is the top-ranked elementary school in the area at #86 (and is actually in riverdale proper, which jackman is not)

    and carlaw for best street? please…

  2. thehousefly Says:

    Thanks for the comment Dale. I will add the info about Rooster Coffee House. I’d love to hear your thoughts on best street in the nabe too.

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