Average Home Price: $483,378 (2008)

Most common housing type: Semi-Detached, 2 Storey, 3 beds

The elusive detached: 26.1%

Keeping up with the Joneses? Fern Avenue Jr is ranked #1723 out of 2742 Ontario elementary schools.  Parents’ average income is $90,200.

Not "officially" a neighborhood according to the Toronto Real Estate Board. Uh-huh.

Houseflies around the city answer our questions…

Goth hijinx at the iconic Galley Food Market. Photo by Steve Lam

My average neighbour is – Either young and hip with one or more kids or older and Polish.  Rumor has it that Roncesvalles Village has the most children per capita in North America.

What do you love about your neighborhood? So much! It’s like living in a little village where you run into neighbours daily and know all the shopkeepers by name.  Roncesvalles is an amazing street with a lovely Polish tradition that is still alive and well mixed with unique new stores and meeting places.  It is also very close to High Park, the Lake and Queen Street.

What do you like least about your neighborhood?  The people who race up and down the streets in a rush to get somewhere and the possibility of 400 diesel trains per day.

What do you wish you knew before you bought in the area?  That we should have bought sooner!

Victorian beauties on Garden Avenue

Shop til ya drop on Roncesvalles Avenue

Best places to dine? Cowbell, Mitzi’s, Mitzi’s Sister, Tinto, The Local, Fat Cat Wine Bistro, The Film Buff for ice cream

Best places to caffeinate?  Cherry Bomb, Lit

Best places to get boozy?  Inter Steer, Fat Cat Wine Bistro

Best places to shop?  Frock, Imelda, Hawk Eyes, Mrs. Huizenga, Scooter Girl, Planet Kid, The Sorauren Farmer’s Market, The Thin Blue Line

Best places to toss a frisbee?  Sorauren Park

Large Edwardian fixer uppers west of Roncy Ave sell for 800-900k. If renovated, these princely homes fetch well over 1 million

Best street / worst street and why?

They’re all pretty good but if I had to vote it would be…

Best street: Marion Street

Worst street: Wilson Park Road (for the traffic)

Must drive or TTC friendly?  TTC friendly!! Served by the King streetcar, Queen streetcar, Dundas streetcar, College streetcar, and subway!!

Need more Roncy?  Check out:

Marion House Book, a collection of stories about an uber talented interior designer and her restoration of a stunning Roncy Victorian.

Toronto Life Magazine‘s Roncy profile

Roncy BIA, a frequently updated site where you can find deets on local businesses, the construction on Roncesvalles Ave, the GO train expansion proposal, and even Roncy-specific reportage on Earth Hour!

Recent Nabe Sales:

Roncesvalles/Howard Park, Semi-Detached, 4 beds, 3 baths

List: $649,000

Sold: $850,00 (131% of list, Nov 2009)

The Deets: A Great Opportunity To Own A Spacious,Newly Renovated And Updated Throughout Home In The Pulse Of The Village With A Double Detached Garage For Private Parking! This Home Features A Renovated Kit With Granite Countertops,Centre Island With A Dble Ss Sink And B/I Dishwasher And W/O To Fenced Yard. There Are Also 2 New Baths! Walk To Schools,Shopping,Public Transit And Entertainment! Large Sitting Rm Can Be 5th Bdrm. This Home Has So Much To Offer!****


4 Responses to “Roncesvalles Village”

  1. Rachelle Says:

    Thank you so much for the mention, I love good blogs/press about our wonderful village of Roncesvalles.
    I bought and live on Wilson Park Road. It’s not bad at all. I just love it there!!!

  2. Great overview! Such a unique area, we bought in the early 90″s on the nickel side of Galley Ave for a song, then in the early “deuxlennium” we moved to the dime side Indian gr/howard. Our kids are growing up in a diverse multicultural (now) area, with a strong Polish heritage – with a large presence of people who work in the arts, are environmentally savvy and support the local village.

  3. […] at Roncesvalles Village, in December 2009, detached homes sold for $877,500 on average (105% of list) and semi-detached […]

  4. […] Comment  For this week’s House Crush, I travelled to one of my favourite neighborhoods, Roncesvalles Village.  This week’s Crush is a stylishly renovated abode in the sought-after Fern Avenue PS […]

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