St. Andrew-Windfields Real Estate and Neighbourhood:
St. Andrew-Windfields was originally the home of Canadian philanthropist E.P. Taylor who, after leaving Canada in the latter stage of his life, donated parkland, which is now Windfields Park, and his mansion became the Canadian Film Centre. The area was formerly known as Windfields farm, the stud ranch where the famed thoroughbred Northern Dancer was born. The farm was founded in 1937 and Taylor's wife Winnifred came up with the name while the couple were out walking on their property during an especially windy autumn day. Horse-motifs can be seen throughout the area, from metal cut-outs in front of the high school to steel horse heads above the bar at Windfield's Restaurant.
Windfield's houses, built in the 1970's and 1980's, range in size from modest split-level and ranch-style bungalows to some grander five-thousand-plus square foot homes. The section of the neighbourhood along Bayview has some typical '60s ranch-style homes and along York Mills the style turns into the '40s bungalow. The area also boasts some of the most attractive modernist housing in the City of Toronto; these homes are characterized by asymmetrical designs, flat roofs and large picture windows. There are also some entry-level condominium townhouses on Leslie Street and a scattering of high-rise apartment buildings along York Mills Road.
Windfelds Park runs through the centre of the neighbourhood and has a picturesque walking trail that follows Wilket Creek's course. A nature park that includes two-hundred-year-old trees, this park is also ideal for picnics in the summer and cross-country-skiing in the winter. It can be accessed by York Mills Park at the south-east corner of York Mills Road and Bayview Avenue; the park also has York Mills Arena which offers skating for all levels. The Banbury Community Centre is located at 120 Banbury Road and backs on to Windfields Park. The centre has many programs including dance, yoga, and arts and the Banbury Tennis club is conveniently located just behind.
St. Andrews-Windfields has three public schools: Dunlace, Denlow. Windfields and Rippleton and York Mills Collegiate is the area's public high school. St. Bonaventure is a catholic school and Crescent school is an esteemed private school and both are situated nearby. With wide tree-lined streets, family-sized houses on spacious lots and an abundance of parkland, the area is increasingly becoming popular with families that are looking for a safe, quiet place to raise their fledgling families.