July 28th, 2014 
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The Bridle Path - Country in the City

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In 1929, the Bayview Bridge was built over the West Don River.  Hubert Daniel Bull Page, a Toronto developer, saw opportunity in the newly accessible farmland that straddled Lawrence Avenue East.  He envisaged a neighbourhood of estates, connected by equestrian riding paths.  To start the process Hubert’s brother, architect Forsey Page, created a Cape Cod style home at no. 2 Post Road.  A system of riding trails was designed for the new community, and the Bridle Path was born.

The Bridle Path is bordered by four parks and Bayview Avenue.  Windfields Park is the northern boundary; Edwards Gardens and Wilket Creek Park to the east; Sunnybrook Park at the south end and Bayview Avenue clearly defines the western boundary.  There are also two rivers in the neighbourhood: Wilket Creek and the West Don.

Map of Bridle Path

The Bridle Path conjures up visions of grand houses hidden behind walls, hedges and gates.  Park Lane Circle, High Point Road and The Bridle Path are the top-of mind streets for this style of living.  Most of the lots are 2 acres (300 x 300 feet).  As with other established neighbourhoods, much of the original housing has been torn down and replaced with houses built to suit the tastes and desires of new owners.  What makes the Bridle Path unique is the size of the lots.  With two acres you can build what you want while retaining the option to have your creation hidden from view.  In 2013, house prices ranged from under $3 million to over $12 million.

Bridle Path street

Rippleton, Denlow and Owen Public Schools serve the neighbourhood, along with St. Bonaventure Catholic School. Park Lane Public School has facilities for children with developmental difficulties.  Private schools in the area include Crescent School, Crestwood School and the Toronto French School. York University’s Glendon Campus is located at Bayview Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East.

The Rosedale Golf Club and the Granite Club are the area’s best known private clubs.  The York Mills Arena, located at the north end of Windfields Park, offers hockey and skating on its indoor rink.  Further to the south, the Banbury Community Centre has drama, music and fitness classes for children and adults.  Edwards Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Garden are a destination for gardening aficionados and wedding photo parties.  The Toronto Botanical Garden hosts a year-round organic farmers' market every Thursday.  Joggers and walkers can work out on the Thomas H. Thompson Nature Trail, while equestrians will enjoy the proximity to Sunnybrook Stables.

Edwards Gardens

The Bridle Path’s two shopping areas are York Mills Plaza, at Bayview Avenue and York Mills Road, and Bayview Village Shops at the northeast intersection of Bayview Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East.  Bayview Village’s 164 stores offer most everything there is to buy including Cuban cigars and auto detailing!

The exceptional opportunity to juxtapose country estate living and urban convenience can be found on occasion in other parts of Toronto.  In the Bridle Path however, this style of living is the rule.

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Bridle Path Real Estate Sales Report Q1 2014

Name Street Area List Price Type Style Bed
Highland Cres Bridle Path $1,995,000 Detached Bungalow 3
Highland Cres Bridle Path $2,388,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Salonica Rd Bridle Path $2,550,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Saintfield Ave Bridle Path $2,650,000 Detached Bungalow 3
Big Pine Rd Bridle Path $2,700,000 Detached 2-Storey 3
Peebles Ave Bridle Path $2,780,000 Detached 2-Storey 4
Chapleau Pl Bridle Path $2,898,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Chapleau Pl Bridle Path $3,000,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Country Lane Bridle Path $3,198,000 Detached Bungalow 3
Country Lane Bridle Path $3,349,900 Detached Bungalow 2
Country Lane Bridle Path $3,450,000 Detached Bungalow 3
Country Lane Bridle Path $3,480,000 Detached Bungalow 2
Sunnydene Cres Bridle Path $3,495,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Suncrest Dr Bridle Path $3,680,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Saintfield Ave Bridle Path $3,788,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Sunnydene Cres Bridle Path $3,850,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Suncrest Dr Bridle Path $3,880,000 Detached 2-Storey 4
Saintfield Ave Bridle Path $4,188,000 Detached 2-Storey 4
Saintfield Ave Bridle Path $4,250,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Crete Crt Bridle Path $4,288,000 Detached 2-Storey 4
Park Lane Circ Bridle Path $5,099,000 Detached 2-Storey 4
Royal Oak Dr Bridle Path $5,398,000 Detached 2-Storey 6
Park Lane Circ Bridle Path $5,488,000 Detached Bungalow 0
Park Lane Circ Bridle Path $6,380,000 Detached Bungalow 4
Country Lane Bridle Path $6,580,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Country Lane Bridle Path $6,650,000 Detached 2-Storey 3
Park Lane Circ Bridle Path $6,990,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Park Lane Circ Bridle Path $7,700,000 Detached 3-Storey 6
High Point Rd Bridle Path $7,950,000 Detached Bungalow 4
Post Rd Bridle Path $13,495,000 Detached 2-Storey 5
Park Lane Circ Bridle Path $13,980,000 Detached 2-Storey 6

 

The Toronto neighbourhood map displayed on this website was published in “Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods”, is copyright Maple Tree Publishing and has been reproduced by the Toronto Real Estate Board under license.

 

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