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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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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
“This Diwali go bilku filmi” CLICK HERE TO VISIT CINEPLEX.COM AND ENTER Cineplex Odeon theatres are promoting a contest and issuing a winning prize of FREE movies for a year in the Diyas Camera Action Contest. Enter your favourite movie quote before November 17, 2013 for your chance to win. To enter go online to Cineplex.com and complete the online entry form.  Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2013-11-06

Construction and Expansion

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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
   To update on how our Reno is going we are kind of at a standstill due to the weather. The windows still haven’t been installed, so hence the trim but on a positive note our fireplace is complete and looks great. Thank you to Sam and his colleagues, from AM Group Studio Inc., (www.amgroupstudio.com) for installing a beautiful stone fireplace in our family room. The before, wish we ... Read More...
Posted by Henry Tillo on 2014-01-25

Community Events

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  Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. rides again! The 2014 season is upon us and we are looking for enthusiastic riders in each office to join us in the fight against heart disease and stroke.   Realtors, Staff and Members of the community are welcome to register on our Heritage Has Heart Big Bike to ride with us for a worthy cause. Visit www.bigbike.ca ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-04-07
  Did you know that St. Patrick was the Patron Saint of Ireland? Rumour has it that he was known for banishing all snakes from Ireland, but this rumour was sensationalized by gossip. He was actually born in Britain to a well-to-do family. At 16 years old he was taken slave by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. The Irish raiders brought him to Ireland where ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-03-17

Family & Kids

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February is heart health month. The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada promotes heart healthy education in the month of February to help remind and educate people and their families to eat well. According to The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada health experts recommend eating three small meals a day plus a few nutritious snacks. This is important for adults and children, and part of a ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-02-03
    How much fat is enough fat? What are the best fatty foods to eat, and is there even such a thing?  A healthy eating pattern includes about 20% to 35% of your day’s calories from fat. For a woman this means about 45 to 75 grams of fat a day For a man this means about 60 to 105 grams of fat a day Use these numbers as a guideline to compare how much fat is in ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-02-03

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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Sales growth was much stronger in March than January and February . Average selling price increased by about 8%, year over year. Why ??? Borrowing cost is low and declining, shortage of listings, lots of first time home buyers willing to enter the market before CMHC restrictions apply ( May 1st ) . Strong price growth is expected for the remainder of 2014. Condo resale prices were up 5.1% in Toronto ... Read More...
Posted by Lavinia Serbanescu on 2014-04-04
Healthy Homes Tax Credit Did you know that if you are a senior, 65 years or older you could qualify for the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit? This tax credit helps with the cost of making your home safer and more accessible. For more information on the Healthy Homes Tax Credit call 1-866-ONT-TAXS (668-8297) or for teletypewriter 1-800-263-7776 About the credit from the Government of ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2014-03-11

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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  Use on any device: Mobile phone, tablet, or PC Social, interactive Newsfeed Fresh design that's intuitive to use To access OnlineOffice REV2 Beta today, visit your usual login page (onlineoffice.century21.ca) and click on the banner link for the new OnlineOffice REV2 Beta. Attend these webinars for a LIVE introduction and tutorial on the new features you've been waiting for! Thursday, ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2013-11-20
November 19 - 20, 2013 Toronto, ON Uncover the marketing strategies that agents earning over $150,000 per year are using Industry expert Brian Buffini and top producer Joe Niego coach this all new, 2-day Turning Point event. Discover how to work by referral and take your business to the next level! The secret to generating more listings in today's market 7 financial lessons designed ... Read More...
Posted by Pamela Prescott on 2013-11-18

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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