Exploring Toronto Real Estate: Riverdale

In our continuing series exploring various Toronto neighbourhoods, today we focus on Riverdale homes.  Riverdale is a large Toronto neighbourhood.  Riverdale is bound by Leslieville to the east, Greektown to the North, the Don River Valley to the West, and Lake Shore Boulevard to the South.   

Introduction to Riverdale: The Basics

Riverdale is just east of downtown Toronto.  It is a neighbourhood full of independent art galleries and film studios, as well as antique stores.  The restaurants include Greek restaurants, Asian shops, and restaurants.  Riverdale is home to Gerrard Square Mall.  This mall includes restaurants, retail, and smaller shops.  

Riverdale has three large parks, including the Withrow Park, found in North Riverdale, Jimmie Simpson Park, and Riverdale Park, which is adjacent to the Don River.  The locals use these parks for swimming in the summer, and sledding and tobogganing in the wintertime.  Additionally, Riverdale boasts tree-lined streets, plenty of families, and young professionals.

Population Statistics

Children 0 – 14 – 13 %;

Youth 15 – 24 – 11%

Working age 25 – 64 – 61 %;

Seniors 65 + - 15 %.

Riverdale Homes

Riverdale homes are comprised mainly of Victorian and Edwardian style homes, most of which were built in the 1800s.  At the time, many homes were built as boarding houses for working-class individuals.  Many of these homes have been redeveloped.  This neighborhood is part of Toronto’s gentrification.  Riverdale has a nice balance of owned versus rented homes, with 51 % home ownership and 49% rental units.  

Riverdale Neighbourhoods

Riverdale has several sub-neighborhoods, including the following:


South Riverdale;

Upper Riverdale;

Lower Riverdale;

East Chinatown;

Studio District;


The Pocket; and 


Riverdale Schools

Riverdale hosts a local high school, Riverdale Collegiate Institute.   Riverdale has a middle school, Earl Grey Senior Public School, serving grades 7 and 8.  It also boasts two alternative middle schools, Quest Alternative School and East Alternative School of Toronto.  There are also four junior high schools and a Catholic elementary school in Riverdale.  

Public Transportation

Riverdale has excellent public transportation available. There is regular bus and/or streetcar service on Queen and Gerrard Streets, as well as Broadview, Carlaw, Greenwood, and Jones Avenues.  The Bloor-Danforth subway has five Riverdale stations, including Broadview, Chester, Donlands, Greenwood, and Pape. 

If You Are in the Market For a Riverdale Home

If you are looking for a Riverdale home, contact us.  We would love to help you explore the neighbourhood, and find the house that is just right for you. You can reach our Riverdale Office at (416) 462-1888.  Call us today.

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