The Bridle Path, as it exists today, could hardly have been envisioned by Alexander Milne, who settled on what is now Edwards Gardens in 1827. Milne operated woolen and saw mills on the banks of Wilket Creek until 1832, when a dwindling water supply forced Milne to move east, creating a mill site along the Don River.
The Bridle Path spent the rest of the 1880's and early 1900's as farmland. It wasn't until 1929, when the Bayview Bridge was built over the steep Don River Valley, that this area was proposed for residential development.
Hubert Daniel Bull Page, a Toronto-based land developer was one of the founders of the present day neighbourhood. Page perceived the Bridle Path as an exclusive, wealthy district of estate homes. In 1929, Page built a Cape Cod Colonial style home in an effort to attract interest in his subdivision.
Initially plans for this neighbourhood called for an exhaustive system of equestrian Bridle Paths. These Bridle Paths have now been paved over; however, their legacy remains in the Bridle Path's uncommonly wide streets and in the name of the neighbourhood.
The Bridle Path has often been denoted as "Millionaire's Row." Homes in this neighbourhood are purchased for an amount in excess of a million dollars. This area is one of the highest price real estate areas in Canada. The enclave of homes is surrounded by the Don River Valley and lush parkland, which provides an excellent scenic setting for the Bridle Path's magnificent manors.
There is a tremendous amount of variety of very different architectural design in the Bridle Path. Varying uses of architecture include, Tudor Revival, Neo Gothic, Colonial, Greek, Italianate and Georgian. Most of the homes are uniquely designed. You can find some California bungalows and advanced modernistic residences. The condominium built at Number One Post Road, is the French Chateau style. It is an exclusive building of only 42 units, with private elevators and unrivalled ravine views. The European designed Chedington Place Condominiums are situated on the Northeast corner of Bayview and Lawrence Avenue. These condominiums are adjacent to the Glendon Campus of York University and are remarkable.
The typical Bridle Path estate includes many affluent features, inclusive of swimming pools, tennis courts, gazebos and cabins. There is an elaborate selection of inimitable landscaping on the private properties of the Bridle Path. Most of the homes are situated on one to six acres of land.
York Mills Plaza is situated on the southwest corner of Bayview Avenue and York Mills Road. This plaza was once described as the “Tiffany's of shopping centres," by former Mayor of Toronto Mel Lastman. Indeed you can discover a multiple of luxurious stores here carrying a vast assortment of imported goods and foods from around the world.
Further north on Bayview Avenue at Sheppard, is the very fashionable, Bayview Village Shopping Centre. There are many designer clothing stores occupied in the units of this fabulous mall. Brian Bailey, Vivan Shya are a few Canadian designers with stores here. Davids shoes, another prominent store at Bayview Village, is known as one of the largest luxury footwear establishments. There is a vast array of extremely unique retail stores located in Bayview Village to help ensure gratification in your shopping experience here.
Edwards Gardens is located within walking distance to Bridle Path Homes. Edward Gardens is a botanical garden located on the Southwest corner of Leslie and Lawrence Avenue in Toronto. It is also the site for the Toronto Botanical Garden, a private not for profit location. It is a former estate garden featuring annuals, roses and wildflowers and an extensive rockery. Edward Gardens is one of several parks located in Toronto's ravines, many of which are connected by hiking and cycling to the shores of Lake Ontario.
Sunnybrook Hospital, world renown, is just south of the Bridle Path on Bayview Avenue.
The mansions of the Bridle Path are mostly obscured by wrought iron fences, elaborate landscapes and of course, set back from the roadway. A life of seclusion is offered in these extraordinary mansions. It is a residential oasis yet, is close to all amenities.
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