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Bridle Path is an upscale residential neighbourhood in the former city of North York, now part of Toronto, Ontario, that is characterized by large multi-million dollar mansions and two to four acre (8,000 to 16,000 m²) lot sizes. It is often referred to as "Millionaires' Row". It is the most affluent neighbourhood in Canada by household income, as well as property values[

Although "The Bridle Path" is in fact the name of a road in the area, the term generally applies to the surrounding neighbourhood as a whole. It is generally bounded by The Bridle Path on the north, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on the south, Bayview Avenue on the west and Wilket Creek on the east. Few roads pass through the area, contributing to the area's exclusivity. House prices in the Bridle Path are varied, but most of the houses in this area sell for well in excess of a million dollars. It is a secluded neighbourhood, surrounded by the Don River Valley and lush parklands.

The Bridle Path was little more than farmland until 1929, when the Bayview Bridge was constructed across the steep (West Branch) Don River Valley. It was at that point that the area was first considered for residential development. Forsey Page, a Toronto-based land developer, envisioned the Bridle Path as an "exclusive enclave of estate homes" and he built the neighbourhood's first home, a Cape Cod Colonial style home at 2 The Bridle Path. This house is credited as the catalyst for the development of the neighbourhood.

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 street's name is frequently misspelled as "The Bridal Path" by those who are unfamiliar with the history of the area. The actual "Bridle Path" name came about as early plans for the neighbourhood included an elaborate system of equestrian bridle paths, as most of the estate owners in the area preceding its development were. While the paths have since been paved over, their legacy remains in the Bridle Path's wide streets and in the name of this elite community.

The Bridle Path has been home to prominent Toronto business people, celebrities and doctors. Media mogul Moses Znaimer used to call The Bridle Path home, while computer businessman Robert Herjavec, former newspaper baron and convicted businessman Conrad Black, and Celine Dion still own a home in The Bridle Path area. Prince was said to have purchased a home in the Bridle Path for $5.5 million, although his recent divorce, concert tour rigours, and weight loss have meant few sightings of him.

 

Local Attractions

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Newmarket Community Centres Newmarket, voted in the top 10 best places to live. This community is home to various recreational facilities; of these facilities in Newmarket there are more than 70 parks and recreational facilities.   The Magna Centre 800 Mulock Dr, Newmarket, ON L3Y 9C1 (905) 953-5300 Magna Centre opened its doors in 2007 as the largest community centre in Newmarket. ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-09-25
Century 21® Heritage Group Ltd. is excited to welcome neighbours, families and friends to take your photo with Santa at their office located at 49 Holland Street West in Bradford. December 13, 2013 4PM -7PM Century 21® is asking families to please bring a non-perishable food donation for The Helping Hand food bank in Bradford.  Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2013-12-06

Construction and Expansion

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VIVA Transit Installs Bicycle Racks on all VIVA Transit Buses and Routes Commencing Monday, May 26, 2014 you will be able to bring your bicycle with you on VIVA transit routes. Bike racks in the past have been installed on YRT transit system buses since 2008. Now all VIVA buses will have bike racks too! VIVA and YRT buses bike rack feature is part of their Bike ‘n’ Bus Metrolinx ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-05-23
TORONTO - Emporis, a construction industry researcher from Germany, has provided some more fodder for the bubble debate over Toronto’s condo market.   In its latest look at the number of sky-rises going up in North American cities this month, Toronto once again comes out on top by a wide margin. With 130 new towers under construction across the skyline, Canada’s largest city easily ... Read More...
Posted by Joanne Giustini on 2014-02-24

Community Events

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Donations Being Collected At Century 21 Heritage Group for Newmarket Teen John Harman's Death Local Newmarket teen John Harman was struck by a car at Yonge Street and Eagle Street Sunday November 9, 2014. On Monday he passed at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.  At just 18 years old the Huron Heights student and Newmarket resident worked at Pickle Barrel with aspirations to ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-11-13
FREE Photos With Santa at Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. Newmarket.  November 25, 2014 Please join Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. Newmarket at their central and conveniently located office for your family's free photos with Santa. This event is open to all neighbours and friends in the town of Newmarket and surrounding areas. Though photos ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-11-12

Family & Kids

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The Power of Fruits Did you know that? APPLES contain a lot of pectin which helps to remove toxins in the body, and also helps with digestion. PINEAPPLE contains the enzyme bromelin which helps to destroy bad bacteria in the gut. It also supports tissue repair. GRAPES help to provide you with instant energy as they are high in fructose.  However, eating grapes helps to prevent ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-09-21
   Dads often get the short end of the stick when it comes to gifts. Ties, ugly sweaters, soap on a rope, you name it. Here are two secrets about Father’s Day presents: first, nobody has ever actually wanted soap on a rope and second, what your father really wants on Sunday, June 15 is the gift of your time. So forget getting him the latest biography by a retired athlete, and make some ... Read More...
Posted by Henry Tillo on 2014-06-11

Parks & Recreation

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Fairy Lake Newmarket also known as the Wesley Brooks Memorial Conservation Area is a year round open park facility maintained by the York Region Conservation Authority. Fairy Lake Park is a man-made lake maintained by a dam on the East Holland River. It has added to the beauty of Newmarket since it has been established. It offers a large green space by the water with picnic pavilions, playground park ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2013-07-22

Market Reports and Conditions

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What kind of Homeowner Insurance do I need when BUYING A HOME? This question comes up frequently when purchasers are buying a new or resale home. In real estate Homeowner Insurance is necessary when purchasing a home in Canada. Buying a home is the largest investment that people generally purchase in their lives, so it is important to learn how to protect your investment through Home Insurance. ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-10-24
Toronto home sale price up 8.5% Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 3,297 sales through the Toronto MLS system during the first 14 days of September 2014. This result represented an 8.3 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2013. Year-to-date sales through September 14, at 68,731, were up by 6.6 per cent compared to ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-09-21

Restaurants / Bars / Coffee Houses

Lunch At Akita Sushi Bradford   Akita Sushi is a popular authentic Japanese sushi venue in Bradford, with over 100 fresh menu options to choose from. With so many healthy food items it is not difficult to find something on their menu to suit your tastes. My favourite part of Akita Sushi is the all you can eat option, but they also offer an a la carte menu or lunch specials; personally when ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2013-07-16
American Express® presents Summerlicious 2013 in Toronto! Summerlicious this year is taking place from July 5-21. This year in 2013, 196 of the city of Toronto's top restaurants are participating. These participating restaurants are offering three course meals (lunch or dinner) at a very reasonably priced menu-allowing you to try a variety of their food without braking the bank. If you are interested ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2013-06-12

Schools & Universities

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Brian Buffini Success Tour Please join us on November 4 at our centrally and conveniently located office in Richmond Hill for a FREE live streaming of the first day of Brian Buffini's Success Tour. The live streaming will run promptly at 9:30AM and run until 3:30PM.  In addition Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. Realtors registered in attendance at the Richmond Hill office for Buffini Training, ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-10-21
Some parents may find themselves wondering about what type of school their children will be going to when moving to a new area. Here are a few convenient links to find out which schools are closest to your neighbourhood. These links will direct you to websites that will help you to choose the best school for your child, or prepare for an upcoming school year or moving to a new area. Feel free to bookmark ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-10-03

Shopping

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Shop with our Business Benefits partners below from November 25th until December 6th, receive special discounts, and you could WIN! Participating Business Benefits Partners: Endless Vacation Rentals®: Resort vacation certificates MFS Supply: Personalized, branded lockboxes Teldon: Custom promotional calendars  Market Connections: Real estate marketing materials CarCostCanada: ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2013-11-20
Shopping In York Region York Region is a great place to shop offering a variety of shopping opportunities such as large shopping centres or malls, big box centres and small shops to suit your needs. Some large shopping malls in the local area include: Upper Canada Mall Newmarket Promenade Mall Thornhill Markville Shopping Centre Markham Pacific Mall Markham Hillcrest Mall Richmond Hill Cookstown ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2013-08-09

Sports & Activities

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year on Monday, March 17, 2014 with a free card from Jib Jab.   Jib Jab is a fun way to superimpose your face on funny characters and brighten up the day of friends, family, coworkers and clients.   When you’re ready click here to choose a card, then follow the prompts to get started on sending out your e-card.   ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-03-11
Winterizing Windows and Doors As temperatures are beginning to drop, heating bills may be on the rise as this chilly season approaches. Here are some tips on winterizing the windows and doors of your home to lower your heating bills, promote regular maintenance and awareness on getting your home ready for winter. Checking windows and doors is a good first step to ensuring that your home is receiving ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2013-11-20
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