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Roncesvalles is located south of Howard Park and Dundas Street West, east of Roncesvalles Avenue, north of the Gardiner Expressway, and west of Landsdowne Avenue.
This neighbourhood is named after a gorge in the Pyrenees Mountains in France where Col. Walter O’Hara, the man who bought much of the land which Roncesvalles currently occupies, fought in 1813. As with many other areas in Toronto, the colonel’s land was ultimately sold to make way for residential housing.
In the early part of the 20th century, Roncesvalles was mostly home to residents of British origin. After World War II, the demographic makeup of the neighbourhood changed. Polish people began to move in, and there are many Poles still living in Roncesvalles today. Every year, there’s a Polish festival in this neighbourhood that celebrates the contribution of Poles to Toronto.
The Polish population gives Roncesvalles a European ambience. Walking the streets, you’ll notice many family-owned restaurants and shops. There are also a number of independent coffee shops and cafes. Another attraction is High Park, the almost-400 acre green space in Toronto’s West End. High Park offers visitors a taste of nature as well as access to a pool, an ice rink, and a playground.
Roncesvalles has become a popular place for young families to move, due to the turn-of-the-century brick homes. However, there are a number of condo developments in this neighbourhood. If you want to buy property that’s not a single family home, contact a realtor from the Propertia. Our site is updated more frequently than MLS Toronto, so you can find your dream condo faster!