Why We Love It
Roncesvalles is a tight-knit community where locals know each other by name. Known as Roncy’ by residents and locals — is the city’s west-side Polish neighbourhood, filled with boutique shops, restaurants and outdoor food markets that line the streets.
There are plenty of residents coming into the area with young families in search of their own piece of Roncesvalles real estate, so you can feel the strong family vibe here. It’s also the perfect neighbourhood for anyone who prefers independent shops to the big box stores, as the community is almost overflowing with them.
This neighbourhood (formerly known as Little Poland) should definitely be on your list if you have an appetite for Eastern European delicacies such as hand-made perogies, juicy sausages, sauerkraut, cabbage rolls and traditional soups. One of these hearty meals will sustain you for a full day of exploring, or help you recharge.
It’s impossible to walk through the neighbourhood without stopping at one of the coffee shops, bakeries, grocery markets, chocolate shops, furniture stores, or restaurants along the way. An entire day could easily be spent exploring the popular antique shops found in the area.
Who Lives Here
Roncesvalles real estate is home to a lot of young families and couples who are looking for a quiet west end pocket. You’ll also meet a lot of lifelong residents who have lived in the area for years.
It's a very popular destination for young couples who may have lived in a condo and now are starting a family yet want to remain close enough to downtown. Each street has its own unique mix of people of all ages, which gives this community an extra-special vibe.
This area is easily accessible, with streetcars and buses running through the area and up to the Bloor-Danforth subway line. It’s also just minutes to the Gardiner and has great walkability for pedestrians.
Local History Lesson
Roncesvalles Village was settled in 1850, but the community as we know it today really took shape in the early 1900s when streetcars came to the area. After the Second World War, a wave of Polish immigrants planted their roots in the area and established Roncesvalles as a family-friendly neighbourhood. This area’s rich history is reflected in the Roncesvalles real estate, culture, and community.
Here are some suggestions for the best schools in Roncesvalles
- Howard Jr. Public School (JK – 6)
- Fern Ave Jr. and Sr. Public School (JK – 8)
- Garden Ave Jr. Public School (JK – 6)
- St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School (JK – 8)