North St. Jamestown Real Estate and Neighbourhood:
Comprised of over fifteen thousand residents in an area just over thirty-two acres, St. Jamestown is one of Canada's most densely populated areas and is undergoing a revitalization of its own. The area's growth began in the nineteenth century when, as a suburban area housing the city's middle-class, this area was soon re-zoned in the 1950's as the original homes were torn down to make way for apartments towers, each named after a Canadian city. The developers responsible for the towers later attempted to acquire land south of Wellesley to expand the development but many activists opposed it, among them soon-to-be mayor John Sewell and the plans cancelled.
St. Jamestown is home to many public swimming pools and playgrounds. The Rose Avenue Community Centre, located in the Rose Avenue Public School, is open to the public all week long and has a gymnasium, games room and meeting rooms. There are also many public parks in the area, among them: Wellesley Park, Riverdale Park West, Winchester Park and Allan Gardens, a horticultural centre. In 2001, the city of Toronto began a major undertaking to improve the area, plans which included the construction of a new public library branch and a community centre.
The aforementioned condos dominate the skyline in the area, but there are a few Victorian and Edwardian examples typical of the city of Toronto. The main number of them are found on Earl and Howard but most are not in the best-kept state and interest has not been high. There are some new condo projects in development, among them: The 500 on Sherbourne and the Verve building on Wellesley, the area's proximity to Cabbagetown and Yorkville is a selling point.
Rosedale Heights Secondary School and Jarvis Collegiate Institute are two high schools accessible from the St. Jamestown area. There is a Catholic School named Our Lady Of Lourdes and Rose Avenue is a Junior School. Much of the St. Jamestown story has yet to be written and there is cause for hope as new developments and new interest enters the area. Just like the rest of the city of Toronto at large, the face of the neighbourhood is constantly changing and could very well fulfill its promise sooner than most people would guess.