The essence of Riverdale—and of Riverside, around Queen and Broadview—is in its lush side streets, which showcase various styles of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. It’s also defined by the CNR tracks, which split the neighbourhood in two: “north” is popular with affluent professionals, while “south” offers affordable homes that are close to downtown and that offer excellent TTC and highway access. “North” is largely renovated, while “south” contains more classic, late-1800s designs. Combined, it’s as thriving as neighbourhoods come. From The Danforth to Queen, with lattes in hand, residents habitually flock to the modern boutiques and antique shops, and on to the welcoming green spaces, such as Riverdale Farm, and Withrow, Jimmie Simpson and Riverdale Parks (tobogganing, anyone?). Meanwhile, good schools—including Quest, one of Toronto’s first alternative schools—groom ever more young and hip students of the arts.