Homes of the Bridle Path
With backyard tennis courts, huge coach houses, indoor pools and the finest decorative details being commonplace attributes of the Bridle Path's luxury homes, it's not surprising this neighbourhood has been home to media tycoons like Moses Znaimer (of City TV), and Conrad Black.The custom mansions, many concealed behind high ornamented wrought iron gates and beneath towering canopies, are among the largest homes in Toronto, and are deeply inset on very deep lots measured in the acres rather than in square feet. The homes south of Park Lane Circle are smaller, but still built with 100 foot frontages (a 'pool-sized' lot is widely considered to be 40 feet). The average Bridle Path home is a detached two storey home with four bedrooms; the average sale price for such a home in 2007 was $4,667,500.
House styles range from stunning forward-thinking creations sculpted to a great extent from glass, to sprawling "bunker-bungalows." The most common design themes in The Bridle Path are the use of splendid columns for supporting vaulted entrance ways, and the modeling of residences as contemporary interpretations of elegant French chateaus.
The Bridle Path features the greatest number of expensive (i.e. $10+ million) homes in Toronto. Though most lack the sprawling acreage found in equivalently priced suburban communities such as Aurora or Caledon, the lot sizes in The Bridle Path are ample enough to confer the prestige of a true estate home, without requiring homeowners to make long commutes into the city.
With upscale amenities like the Bayview Country Club Golf Course, an easy commute downtown, quiet tree-lined streets and large parks, the area has a plenty to offer those who can meet its expenses - and who appreciate living in relative seclusion. Few pedestrians can be seen strolling the broad avenues; traffic flowing in from Bayview Avenue spills onto Post Road and deeper into the Bridle Path, with late-model cars whizzing by at astonishing speed for a residential neighbourhood. Deep behind stone walls and iron gates, residents are shielded from this noise by towering coniferous trees and well-groomed privacy hedges. With the Toronto real estate market increasingly favouring buyers, For Sale signs are in evidence and affordability is increasing for the first time in recent years.
Bridle Path residents shop, play, and educate their children along Bayview Avenue, whose landmarks include the upscale York Mills Shopping Plaza, the luxurious Toronto Granite Club with its swank facilities, and the private Crescent School for boys. The Toronto French School is located just off of Bayview at Lawrence Avenue, and York University's Glendon campus is nearby, behind which the Crestwood School is nestled in a wooded valley where the children's day camp provides youngsters with a summer getaway.
Last Updated June 25, 2014