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Bridle Path - Sunnybrook - York Mills Real Estate and Neighbourhood:

Bridle Path-Sunnybrook is traditionally seen as four distinct neighbourhoods: Hogg's Hollow, Lawrence Park, York Mills Road and the Bridle Path.  It was formerly part of North York before being amalgamated into Toronto in 1998.  Alexander Milne, settled on what is now Edwards Gardens in 1827, where he operated saw mills on the banks of Wilket Creek until 1832.  A dwindling water supply force Milne to move east to a mill site along the Don River.  The area spent the remainder of the 1800's and early 1900's as farmland and it wasn't until 1929, when the Bayview Bridge was built over the Don River Valley that this area was considered to be fit for residential development.  One of the founders of the present day neighbourhood was Hubert Daniel Bull Page, whose early plans for the neighbourhood called for an elaborate system of equestrian Bridle Paths.  These path have long since been paved over but they are still remembered in the area's unusually wide street and of course, the name of the neighbourhood.

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Known as 'Millionaire's Row' for a reason, as past and present residents include Conrad Black and Prince, the homes in the Bridle Path-Sunnybrook area have an eclectic mix of architectural styles and were built mostly in the 1930's, 1950's and 1960's.  The styles range from Georgian, Colonial, Greek and Tudor Revival, Italianate, Neo-Gothic, California bungalows and modernist style houses.  Typical Bridle Path offerings have luxury amenities such as pools, tennis courts, gazebos, greenhouses.  Inside one will find features such as saunas, personal gyms and home theatres.  Lots are certainly generous and usually sit in the one to six-acre range and the area offers an easy commute downtown.

Residents of the Bridle Path can easily walk to stunning and picturesque Edwards Gardens, home of the Toronto Botanical Garden, a well-respected public garden in the country.  It has rockeries, perennial gardens, a pond, waterfalls, a rose garden and is the beginning of a nine kilometre trail that extends through the Don River Vally up to Warden Woods Park in Scarborough.  This trail also passes through Sunnybrook Park and accesses all of its quality fields for sports including cricket, field hockey, rugby and soccer.  Sunnybrook also has stables which offer riding lessons to the public.

Owing perhaps to the exclusivity of the area, The Bridle Path has a number of private schools: Crescent School, Toronto French School, Crestwood School and Bayview Glen York Mills Collegiate Institute is a public high school and Rippleton is a public elementary school and St. Bonaventure is a catholic high school.  This is the neighbourhood if you seek a large mansion with great access to the centre, prime location uptown and although the lots of some houses in the area are almost big enough to be declared parks themselves, Bridle Path-Sunnybrook has prime access to some of the best parks in the city.

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