The Bridle Path
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Post Road (north)
Leslie Street (east)
Sunnybrook Park (south)
Bayview Avenue (west)
The Bridle Path Neighbourhood
Settled almost 200 years ago, The Bridle Path is a grand yet quiet enclave set in the lush parkland surroundings of the Don River Valley. On what is now the site of Edwards Gardens, Toronto pioneer, Alexander Milne operated wool and saw mills on the banks of Wilket Creek until the 1830’s when his growing operation moved slightly westward to the Don River.
Milne’s departure left the area as undeveloped farmland for almost 100 years until the Bayview Bridge was built over the Don River Valley in 1929, making it viable for residential living. At this point, the Bridle Path was envisioned as an exclusive enclave of sprawling, upscale homes connected by an elaborate system of equestrian, or ‘bridle’ paths. These original paths were paved over to accommodate motorists in its more recent history, however the streets remain much wider than average as a result.
The Bridle Path Homes
Some of the largest homes in Toronto can be found in The Bridle Path neighbourhood. Sprawling, stately mansions (the largest of which are located between Post Road and Park Lane Circle) punctuate the wide, relatively private streets.
Most homes in The Bridle Path are situation on one to six-acre lots, with each property having its own grand and distinct characteristics. Most residential development took place in the 1930’s, 1950’s and 1960’s, rendering the area’s homes an eclectic mix of construction styles, the most popular being Georgian, Greek, Tudor Revival, Italianate, Neo Gothic, Modernist, and French Chateau.
Due to the sheer size and scope of Bridle Path properties, many include luxurious exterior features such as pools, tennis courts, greenhouses and fountains as well as upscale interior details like marble finishes, personal gyms and home theatres. Stone and cast iron gateways, as well as elaborate security systems are also common along the streets of The Bridle Path.
The Bridle Path Real Estate Market
Commonly referred to as ‘Millionaires’ Row’, The Bridle Path is home to some of the country’s wealthiest citizens and therefore some of the country’s highest valued properties. Homes in this neighbourhood are bought and sold for well in excess of $1 Million.
The Bridle Path Schools
Park Lane Public School
Grades JK – 12
Rippleton Public School
Grades JK – 6
Denlow Public School
Grades JK – 6
St. Bonaventure Catholic School
Grades JK – 12
Grades JK – 12, independent co-ed
Grades 3 – 12, private all-boys
Grades JK – 8
Toronto French School
Grades JK – 12, private co-ed
Living in The Bridle Path
Surrounded by the lush greenery of Edwards Gardens, the Toronto Botanical Gardens, and the Don River Valley, Bridle Path homes are relatively sheltered from the area’s busy main intersections. The Toronto Botanical Gardens include a 9km paved trail that extends to the Don River Valley, while Sunnybrook Park (at the south end of The Bridle Path) provides a sports field and riding stables as well as an abundance of green space for strolling.
While shops and restaurants are not within walking distance from most Bridle Path homes, just a few minutes’ drive brings residents to the fine shops of York Mills shopping plaza (at the corner of Bayview Avenue and York Mills Road), as well as Bayview Village shopping centre (at Bayview Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East).
The nearby, Granite Club is a private golf, racquet and country club that serves Bridle Path residents (as well as those all over the city) with an array of recreational opportunities.
The Bridle Path Area Transportation
Regular TTC bus service along Bayview Avenue connecting to Davisville subway station and further bus routes connec to Lawrence subway station.
5 minute drive to Highway 401 on-ramp
5 minute drive to Don Valley Parkway on-ramp
20 minute drive to downtown Toronto
*Courtesy of Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage