Neighbourhood Watch : Roncesvalles Village / High Park

Home to several walks of life, the prestigious High Park area is located in the west side of Toronto, also traversed by the famous 504 Streetcar which travels along King St. E. through Liberty Village – King St. West and along through Roncesvalles into Dundas West Station.

There are quite a few places in Toronto, which exude the kind of charm and sense of community you will find in High Park. Known as one of the most desirable areas for families, professionals and boomers alike the ‘Urban Enclave’ is being recognized as a small town within the city. High Park is Toronto’s largest green-space, as it also is home to Grenadier Pond, an outdoor stage, numerous traversed daily by running and cycling enthusiasts as well as their four legged friends.

Home to a large Polish community, lies Roncesvalles Village. Along the strip you will find traditional bakeries, delis and restaurants where you are able to pick up borscht, homemade Pierogies and a range of kielbasa. Roncesvalles’ Village is known for its European ambience and small town feel. The popularity of bars and neighboring restaurants in the area, combined with specialty shops, convenience stores, flower shops and wonderfully stocked public library are the reasons urbanites flock to the village to live, work and play to get errands done – this part of the city caters to each and every whim. Another convenience factor is accessibility to public transit as well as the bicycle and walking trails.

The Roncesvalles Polish Festival takes place annually in September, and attracts thousands of visitors. Roncesvalles Avenue is closed off for this festival that includes Polish dancers, children’s games and rides, polka bands an abundance of food and refreshments.

High Park largely features detached houses, accounting for approximately 42% of sales, followed by condos at 29% and semi-detached houses at 18%. The average price of a home in High Park is $900,000. Not just for real estate – it is always worth the trip to Roncesvalles Village / High Park to visit the boutiques, café’s, restaurants, bookstores and bars.