The Bridle Path/Glenorchy Bayview/York Mills
The neighbourhood of The Bridle Path/ Glenorchy Area is one of Toronto's most affluent neighbourhoods.
Until 1929 The Bridle Path was thought as farmland. The Bayview Bridge was constructed across the (West Branch) Don River Valleyand thoughts for residential development were considered. A Toronto based land developer, Forsey Page, thought of the Bridle PAth as an "exclusive enclave of estate homes" . He built the first home in the area at 2 The Bridle Path.
In 1937, developer E.P. Taylor, who designed the Don Mills community, purchased a large plot of land north of the Bridle Path. The estate, named Windfields by his wife, is occupied today by the Canadian Film Centre. The park through which Wilket Creek flows behind this parcel of land is known as Windfields Park. In the late forties, Taylor's business parter George Montegu Black, Jr (father of Conrad Black) moved into the area and built a large mansion on Park Lane Circle. In an effort to control who his future neighbours would be, Black took over the company that owned the rolling farmland that was to become the Bridle Path, and set restrictions in place through the North York zoning by-laws — Only single-family dwellings could be built, with a minimum lot size of 2 acres (0.81 ha). The area was subdivided into approximately 50 lots, each selling for $25,000 at the time, and began to take shape throughout the fifties.
"The Bridle Path "the neighbourhood’s name was derived from the network of riding trails built around the large homes as many of the estate owners were horse-owners. Although these paths have since been paved, they can still be detected in the wide streets of the area.
Located in North York between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street, running north to The Bridle Path and south of Lawrence Avenue to Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, the Bridle Path is, along with Rosedale and Forest Hill, one of the three most exclusive neighbourhoods in Toronto, and has earned the nickname “Millionaire’s Row”.
The Bridle Path has some of the most magnificent and extravagant mansions in the city, on acreage lots surrounded by the lushness of the Don River Valley. Residents include business magnates, political figures and international entertainment stars.
Because of ongoing development from the ‘30s forward, many styles of architecture are represented in the Bridle Path: Georgian, Colonial, Greek and Tudor Revival, Italianate, Neo Gothic, California bungalows and futuristic modernist style homes. Most of these are multi-million dollar estates on lots up to six acres; Toronto Life magazine jokes that “Only in this posh neighbourhood would a property that sells for upwards of a million dollars be considered merely entry-level.”
The Glenorchy Area is an extension of The Bridle Path. There are approximately 200 homes in this area and the homes boast frontages of usually 100 ft. Access through Suncrest Drive will lead you to the Sunnybrook Park to enjoy picnics, horses and walking trails to wind your way downtown. The homes in this exclusive area may be original in style,being a bungalow,2 storey or split level home. Many have been knocked down and new mini mansions have been built to keep up with the times.
Along with several excellent public elementary and secondary schools, such as Denlow and Rippleton Public Schools (that offer enriched and French Immersion programmes) and York Mills Collegiate, there are premiere private schools such as Crescent School, The Toronto French School, and Bayview Glen in the area.
Shopping the area is well served by such local upscale destinations as Bayview Village, The Shops of Don Mills, York Mills Shopping Centre, Longos Plaza , Fairview Mall and Yorkdale Mall, all accessible within less then in 15 minutes.
Medical services are provided by the excellent Sunnybrook Hospital and Heath Sciences Centre, along with North York General Hospital.
“The Bayview Area” warranted an upscale Recreational private club and the exclusive Granite Club on Bayview Avenue was designed to suit this need.Fine dining, facilities for corporate and social events, and a wide range of athletic facilities, from tennis, the Golf Academy, skating, squash,swimming and fitness are all available.
“The Bridle Path” is a very lush neighbourhood filled with greenery and surrounded with several outstanding parks and ravines. The largest is Windfields Park, named after the Oshawa horse farm of by E.P. Taylor, the business magnate who owned an estate, Parkland, in the York Mills area. After being one of the first to invest in developing this area, he later sold his property off upon retiring to Jamaica. His house is now a heritage site and home to the Canadian Film Centre. The park has many lovely walking trails along Wilket Creek, and at the south end is the Edwards Gardens,one of the most beautiful public gardens in Canada. Sunnybrook Park,appropriate for the Bridle Path, has riding stables and offers riding lessons.
The Bridle Path attracts individuals who wish to situate themselves on acres of lush land and wish to live in a home designed tailored to their dream!
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