Riverdale is a popular neighbourhood with young couples and families who want to live in a residential neighbourhood close to the downtown core.
With a culturally diverse population, one of the main attractions is the excellent local shopping – Greektown along Danforth Avenue, Chinatown East at Broadview and Gerrard and the antiques stores and art galleries along Queen Street. Delicious restaurants offering a wide selection of cuisines are everywhere.
Unlike many central neighbourhoods, Riverdale is blessed with 3 large parks – East Riverdale Park, west of Broadview, Withrow Park, just south of Danforth Avenue and Jimmie Simpson Park just north of Queen Street. Each offers a range of public facilities as well as lots of open green space.
Riverdale was established as a small village close to the railway line which bisects the neighbourhood. The railway brought industry and jobs, and the first homes in the south of the community were modest dwellings, built to house labourers. Those further north, towards Danforth Avenue are generally larger and on bigger lots. In recent years many have been extensively renovated and are considered prime real estate.
Served by the Bloor subway line along Danforth Avenue (known locally as The Danforth), as well as streetcar service along Gerrard and Queen Streets, Riverdale residents have an easy commute into downtown, and cycling is a popular form of everyday transport.
Proximity to Woodbine Beach and Ashbridges Bay Park on the waterfront contributes to the healthy lifestyle valued by those lucky enough to call Riverdale their home.