Colonel Walter O’Hara settled in Roncesvalles in 1850 after immigrating from Ireland. The name Roncesvalles comes from the Roncesvalles Gorge in Northern Spain where O’Hara was wounded and captured by the French when he was a soldier in the British army. He named streets after his family, such as O’Hara, Geoffrey, Constance, Marion, and Sorauren. Following WWII, an influx of Eastern Europeans, predominantly from Poland, settled in Roncesvalles, and it still has a strong Polish community today.
Housing and Accommodation
Roncesvalles is a high-demand area for home buyers. Never lasting long on the market, the many beautiful turn-of-the-century homes with large porches on lush, tree-lined streets continually attract buyers. Most of the houses are attached or semi-detched, but there are a few detached houses, many with tucked-away garages behind the homes in laneways.
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Roncesvalles has an enduring small-town charm, with a friendly atmosphere and some of the city’s best parks. Bordering High Park, Roncesvalles is the perfect place to run the dog or get out on the trails and bike paths. Suitable for any active person or nature-loving family, Roncesvalles fosters well being throughout the community. The Annual Polish Festival, which takes place in September, attracts thousands of visitors and is a testament to the neighbourhoods remaining Polish community presence.
The secret of Roncesvalles is out with its destination-worthy restaurants, boutiques, pubs, and coffee houses as the homes brim with turn-of-the-century brick, inviting porches, sweeping gardens, and charming laneways located within walking, or short driving, distance to local schools and amenities.
Roncesvalles has beautiful homes, but turnover here is low and bidding wars are common. Buyers are often families looking to plant their roots, and sales in this area derive largely from semi-detached houses (34%), condos (32%) and detached houses (20%).
Roncesvalles is predominately a family neighbourhood, with a strong Polish community present.
With proximity to both Keele and Dundas West subway stations, you have access to the 505 Dundas and 504 King Streetcars that will take you right across the city through the downtown core. Catch the 47 Lansdowne bus stops at the Lansdowne subway station to get to the Bloor/Danforth line.
Go Transit has a station at the Crossways, on the north-east corner of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West. Commuters can access Union Station from this line. Motorists are approximately a 15-minute drive from the downtown core.
Area: 2km Population: 15,050
Kids: 15% Visible Minority: 31.7%
Youth: 9% Average Family Income: $82,993
Lower Education: 29.5% Higher Education: 7.4%
Owned Homes: 45% Tenanted Homes: 55%
- Family friendly neighbourhood.
- Lots of parks and green space.
- “Affordable” semi and semi-detached homes.
- No quick access to major highways.
- Traffic and congestion for commuters.
- This sought-after neighbourhood has its share of bidding wars.