Rouge, Dean Park, and Brookside are like no other neighbourhoods in Toronto, to put it frankly. Between the farmland, the national park, and the more developed pockets, there’s no area quite as varied. What’s more, these neighbourhoods contain more green space than not, plus they may even be home to more animals than human residents.
The more exotic animal inhabitants of the area spend their days within the confines of the Toronto Zoo, which can be found to the southeast of Brookside, and north of Rouge and Dean Park. What’s more amazing, though, is the wildlife that roams free in Rouge National Urban Park, which spans an enormous 63 square kilometres. Torontonians living in the Entertainment District probably can’t remember the last time they saw a porcupine crossing the street, however those interested in Dean Park condos for rent can expect to come face to face with the spikey creatures from time to time.
Parks Canada also has major plans for Rouge National Urban Park: it hopes to add another 16 square kilometres to the park in the near future. For now, though, visitors can explore the park’s existing 63 square kilometres with the help of the Rouge App, designed by students from the University of Toronto Scarborough and launched in 2017. Using this app, urban explorers can follow trails, locate landmarks, and learn about the history and culture of the land.
As for residential pockets within the area, the three neighbourhoods — Rouge, Dean Park, and Brookside — each have their advantages. To start, Brookside is situated north of Finch, between Morningside Avenue and Staines Road. Rouge and Dean Park condos for rent, on the other hand, can be found south of the Toronto Zoo and north of the 401, between Collins Road and the Rouge River. And while commercial businesses can be found along Sheppard East and Kingston Road, residents can head to the intersection of Milner Avenue and Morningside Heights in order to find everything they need, from supermarkets to big-box stores, gyms, fashion stores, restaurants, and even a Cineplex.
At present, there are no condos situated in the Brookside neighbourhood. Prospective residents interested in Rouge and Dean Park condos for rent, on the other hand, have a handful of buildings to choose from.
The Hedge End Road Condos and Harmony North Townhomes are both ideal for renters interested in living close to Sheppard Avenue East. And for those willing to be patient, the Towns at Rouge Valley will sit directly on Sheppard once they’re completed.
Renters looking for large units that can accommodate a family can look no further than the Camargue II Condos, as suites here span 1,700 square feet at their largest. As for those seeking a condo with a full lineup of amenities, the Platinum Rouge Condos is a great choice. The 12-storey, red brick tower at 11753 Sheppard East offers residents access to a gym, a pool, a sauna, and even a tennis court.
Travelling to and from Rouge, Dean Park, and Brookside is easy, with or without a car. Those who prefer to drive benefit from their proximity to the 401. This enormous highway is useful for anyone heading east toward Pickering or west into North York. Once on the 401, drivers can also transfer onto southbound highways like the Don Valley Parkway or the Allen Expressway in order to reach the city centre.
Residents living in Dean Park condos for rent who rely on public transit to get around can make use of the buses that travel along major roads like Sheppard and Kingston Road. Another great option for anyone looking to reach the subway in a hurry is the 92 GO bus, which carries passengers toward York Mills Station on the Yonge subway line.
The Locals: Some of them are human, and many are not.
Code of Conduct: Remember to download the Rouge App before heading into the park in order to make the best of it.
What You’ll Find: A national park within the city limits.
What You Won’t Find: A bustling nightlife scene.
The Homes: The condos are small in number, so prospective renters need to watch the market carefully.
Sealing the Deal: All that green space.