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.
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. Land values here range upwards from $7,000,000.
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 is a destination for gardening aficionados and wedding photo parties. Joggers and walkers can work out on the Thomas H. Thompson Nature Trail, while equestrians will enjoy the proximity to Sunnybrook Stables.
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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