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Riverdale Real Estate – March 2013 Neighbourhood of the Month

Neighbourhood Prices

July 2014Aug 2014Sept 2014
# sales Freehold171343
Average Sold Price Detached$1,007,686$746,250$863,773
Average Sold Price Semi$780,229$678,333$785,478
Average % List - Sale Det.104%111%107%
Average % List - Sale price Semi108%103%109%
Average Days on Mkt Det.13714
Average Days on Mkt Semi181111
% Detached40%30%30%
% Attached/Semi/Row60%70%70%
# 2 storey131029
# 2.5 or 3 storey4213
# Bungalow11
# other styles


Recent listings in Riverdale:

92 Degrassi

42 East York

65 Seymour

467 Jones Ave.

174 Hamilton Ave.

169 DeGrassi St.

169 Munro St.

34 Allen Ave.

24 Allen Ave.


Queen Street East
Queen Street East

The view from Broadview
The view from Broadview

RIVERDALE was a small rural community until the Grand Trunk Railway began steaming through it in the 1850's. North of Queen Street Riverdale remained largely undeveloped until 1884 when it was annexed by the City of Toronto. At that time Riverdale was called Riverside, and was later changed to Riverdale as a reference to the city park of the same name that has long been a landmark in this area. The neighbourhood's development was accelerated in 1918 when the Prince Edward Viaduct linked Riverdale to the City of Toronto west of the Don River.

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Riverdale House 1

Today, Riverdale is a large and diverse community, popular with young affluent professionals and especially well-known for its colourful shopping districts and quaint Victorian homes that are shaded by some of the tallest maple trees in the city. South Riverdale has traditionally attracted a wide mix of people looking for affordable homes close to downtown. The district is also known for its very popular schools, likeWithrow P.S. and Jackman P.S., much coveted by professional couples with a baby on the way who are planning to stay in the neighbourhood.  Other well regarded schools include:

Riverdale's two and three storey Victorian houses were built largely between 1880 and 1924. The houses in South Riverdale are on average smaller, older and less expensive than those in North Riverdale. Most of Riverdale's homes have parking off rear laneways, and permits are available for street parking.

Riverdale House2
Riverdale House 2


Riverdale's best known shopping district is along Danforth Avenue, east of Broadview. The Danforth is the heart of Toronto's Greek community, the second largest such community outside of Greece. It features many first class Greek restaurants and a dazzling array of stores catering to everything from the home & garden to fine jewellers, clothing stores, gifts and collectibles, spas and salons, and more. A walk down Danforth Avenue reveals its rich cultural heritage: street signs are in English and Greek, blue and white Greek flags line the avenue, and the classical architecture of the National Bank of Greece and other buildings contribute to the Mediterranean atmosphere. This is an excellent food & dining destination, as the streets are filled with animated fruit and vegetable stands, butcher shops, Greek bakeries and pastry shops, and dozens of European-style caf's and restaurants. Many of its restaurants feature open kitchens, where you are welcome to watch the preparation of authentic Greek cuisine.

Chinatown East 2
Chinatown East 2
Chinatown East
Chinatown East

Riverdale also has a Chinatown shopping district centred around Gerrard and Broadview. This stretch of stores is known for its bakeries, grocery stands, and restaurants. Gerrard Square located at the corner of Pape Avenue and Gerrard Street is a large indoor shopping mall with over 70 stores. Further south, Queen Broadview Village is a historic shopping district that includes some interesting antique and collectible shops.

Riverdale Cafe
Riverdale Cafe
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Riverdale House4


Riverdale has a myriad of parks and parkettes situated throughout the neighbourhood. The three largest parks are Riverdale Park, which has an outdoor pool and a running track; Withrow Park, popular with families and pets; and Jimmie Simpson Park, which features an indoor swimming pool, a games room and a gymnasium. Each of these Parks contain tennis courts, a wading pool, a hockey rink, and a baseball diamond. Other parks include:

Pape Recreational Centre has a gymnasium, an indoor pool, a weight room and meeting rooms. Riverdale has four public libraries that offer a myriad of programs for children, adults and seniors.

  • Queen/Saulter Branch at 765 Queen St. E.
  • Riverdale Branch at 370 Broadview Ave
  • Pape/Danforth Branch at 701 Pape Ave
  • Jones Branch at 118 Jones Ave
Withrow Park 2
Withrow Park 
Withrow Park
Withrow Park 2

The annual Taste of the Danforth festival, held in early August, is an outstanding opportunity for recreation. Tens of thousands of people converge on the area for a lively weeklong celebration, as the many restaurants set up street kiosks to offer samples. Music, demonstrations, giveaways, and many activities for children are also scheduled. "The Danforth" is also a night owl's haven with clubs and cafe's open into the wee hours.

Riverdale is an ideal location for commuters. The Don Valley Expressway, Lake Shore Boulevard, and the Gardiner Expressway are all quickly accessed from this neighbourhood. There is also excellent access to public transit. There is regular bus service or streetcar service on Broadview, Carlaw, Jones and Greenwood Avenues, as well as Queen and Gerrard Streets. The Bloor-Danforth subway has five stations serving Riverdale, including Broadview, Chester, Pape, Donlands, and Greenwood.

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Riverdale House 5
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Riverdale House 6
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Riverdale House 7


  • Omonia Resturant – 426 Danforth Ave.
  • The Big Carrot Health Food Store –
  • Carrot Common, 348 Danforth
Map Of Riverdale
Map Of Riverdale

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  • heidi

    Fruit king

    This fruit market is located in the hub of the Danforth area (at Danforth and Logan intersection). The turnover of fresh produce is so fast, that the fruits and vegetables are the freshest and the cheapest in the city (I guarantee it!). For instance, 2 English cucumbers for $1.49; 2 quarts for strawberries for $2; and watermelon for $2. Hey, it all adds up!

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4 (1) Loic Gourmet
We are always looking for the best and freshest ingredients while favouring local and seasonal products. All our meats are naturally raised and come from Cumbrae's, Brome Lake, Niagara Food Specialties (our charcuterie does not contain nitrate or phosphate) and our fish comes from sustainable fishery and is mostly from right here in Ontario. We offer compostable takeout dishes that can be put right into your green bin or we can put your food in our glassware and ceramic dishes with a deposit. Inside our store, we do not use chemicals but biodegradable cleaners instead. We do our best to minimize our impact while focusing our efforts on creating great tasting food. We are proud members of Slow Food Toronto and Live Green Toronto.
4 (1) The Court Jester
This is a great, super laid back neighbourhood pub with very good food. The menu has lots of the usual pub fare, but also some unexpected items. An easy place to take kids for an early dinner, but also a great place to hang out any night of week or for weekend brunch.
3 (1) Il Fornello
A big fan of their Italian food especially their wood-fired thin crust pizzas (which Il Fornello was making long before the fad caught on), I was disappointed when they closed the Bloor/Bathurst location I'd spent so many celebrations at. Good thing there are many locations, as well as cousins Strada & Villa offering the same great food with a slightly different atmosphere! The one on Danforth has seating for a couple hundred - like every other restaurant on the strip from Broadview to Jones, it looks like it was designed for weddings - and they have a great weekday lunch buffet for only $10.95. You can enjoy fall off the bone baked chicken, mussels, salads, meatballs and of course their famous 'za. Totally worth the money!!
4.5 (2) Omonia Shish Kebob Place
Amazing Greek dining with one of the biggest wraparound patios on the Danforth - and that is really saying something in a neighbourhood where the restaurants are twice as spacious as those found in the west end. The food is divine - whole fish of the day grilled to perfection, among the best calamari I have ever eaten, delicious desserts (try the galaktobouriko!) and more authentic Greek food than can be found in some of the more Canadian-style Greek restaurants. One caveat: as if the menu isn't varied enough, they are introducing other mediterranean food like italian dishes, and they just aren't as good as the traditional mainstays.
4 (1) Sidhartha Indian Restaurant
Lovely Indian food buffet. The service is very attentive, especially for a buffet, and the butter chicken is divine! It can get a little busy, but they do take reservations.

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4 (1) Riverdale Farm (Winchester & Sumach)
Riverdale Farm Riverdale Farm is everything that you might hope for – 2 barns with animals ranging from chicken, pigs, cows, horses, ducks, goats and sheep. The farm area is small, and feels safe and intimate and children run relatively free within the enclosed area. Homemade cookies are baked on site and there are great trees for climbing. The Farmers often give presentations and teach whomever is around how to milk cows or how to groom horses. Their summer camp programs are fabulous as well. Be sure to plan a visit in the Spring time as you will be sure to see new baby animals!
4.5 (2) Fruit King
Fruit king This fruit market is located in the hub of the Danforth area (at the Danforth and Logan intersection). The turnover of fresh produce is so fast, that the fruits and vegetables are the freshest and the cheapest in the city (I guarantee it!). For instance, 2 English cucumbers for $1.49; 2 quarts for strawberries for $2; and watermelon for $2. Hey, it all adds up!
4 (1) Treasure Island Toys
Treasure Island: This is definitely the best toy store in the area! Located in the heart of Riverdale, Treasure Island has a wide variety of quality toys and books. There are toys at the front of the store that your kids can play with in order to distract your children while you shop. The staff are friendly, knowledgable and helpful. Possibly the best feature is the free gift wrapping that they offer. This is perfect, as you can then purchase the birthday gift en route to the party! 4 stars
3 (1) The Riverdale Perk
A great independant local hang out. Great coffee and baked goods. The date squares are to die for!!!!
3 (1) IGA
Did you know that the Danforth IGA offers home delivery? It's a great service for people who live in the neighbourhood and don't drive. You can walk up, do your grocery shopping and leave it there for the good folks at IGA to deliver to your home later in the day. This service is well used by parents of babies - you don't have to schlep the baby & the groceries home at the same time.

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