The town of Riverside (Now Riverdale) began its life where several small rural communities and industrial sites that serviced the city of Toronto, which were located west of Don Valley. In the 1850’s a railroad attracted jobs and people, with homes built below the tracks. Riverside became Riverdale in 1884 when it was annexed by the city of Toronto. (The name change was likely a reference to Riverdale Park, which was a long-time local landmark).
The Prince Edward Viaduct was built in 1918, which instigated a wave of development that connected Riverdale to the Rest of Toronto. Riverdale offers 2 wonderful parks. Riverdale Park is adjacent to the Don River/DVP offers soccer pitches, baseball diamonds on both sides of the river, a running track, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a hockey rink. A footbridge crosses over the DVP providing access to The Martin Goodman bike path that runs north and south along side the river.
Withrow Park is located in the heart of Riverdale bordered by Logan Ave on the west, Carlaw on the east, McConnell Ave to the north and Bain Ave to the south. The park was named after a local landowner and builder John Jacob Withrow (1833-1900). The multi-purpose park contains facilities for baseball, bocce, soccer, football and rugby, a waiting pool and ice rink. In recent years a designated dog area was created for the neighborhood dogs to play.
Danforth Avenue divides Player Estates and North Riverdale from South Riverdale but are often all referred to as Riverdale. The Danforth is the heart of the City’s Greek Community and is the primary shopping district. In the last decade the Danforth has developed to meet the needs of the changing residence bringing in new restaurants and shopping.
These neighborhoods offer great schools and has excellent access to the city via TTC subway and the streetcars that lead directly into the heart of the city and Toronto’s financial district. The DVP makes it easy to get in and out of the City for those who commute or get away on weekends.
My interest in Riverdale began back in 1985 when I started me career working for Darrell Kent Real Estate LTD., out of their Annex location. Darrell Kent Real Estate had a number of offices throughout the city, Riverdale being one of them on Pape Avenue. Each office had a weekly meeting where the branch agents would tour the new office listings. We were encouraged to visit the other branch offices and tour their listings as well. One week I decided to go to the Riverdale sales meeting to get to know Riverdale and to see the homes and network with the other agents in our firm. That one meeting was all it took for me to realize that I belong in Riverdale. I instantly fell in love with Riverdale and the housing that I really felt I could get excited selling homes here. Within a week I transferred to the Riverdale office and my career began to flourish.
Since then I have seen Riverdale property values go up and down through its cycles. In my 30 year career selling homes in Riverdale and Player Estates I have witnessed the transformation of the neighbourhood and the homes as new buyers have to the neighbourhood. Over the years many of my clients moved to other neighbourhoods as their families, lives and families needs changed. Many of their children moved to the downtown core to buy their first condos and now are calling on me to bring them back to Riverdale to raise their own families.
In my career of selling real estate in many neighbourhoods across the GTA, my heart has always been with Riverdale and I am very happy that my clients have again returned here and I am able to share my knowledge and years of experience of Riverdale with them.
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