Bedford Park - Nortown Real Estate and Neighbourhood:
The neighbourhood now known as Bedford Park - Nortown, is made up three pockets formerly labelled as Armour Heights, Cricket Club and Ledbury Park. Bedford Park - Nortown covers a large geographic area and as such each pocket within it, has their own unique and interesting features.
After the World Wars, most of what was of the farmland in the north-west quadrant of Bedford Park - Nortown, turned to middle-class suburban two-storey, three bedroom homes. In the pocket to the south, east of Bathurst to Avenue Road to the west, these original homes date from 1910 to the 1950's and are largely tudor-style bungalows on thirty to fifty-foot-wide lots.
The custom-built homes in the neighbourhood range in size from approximately two thousand to four thousand square feet with customer finishes and designer interiors. The exteriors are made from brick, stone or stucco with many decorative accents. They largely sport wide bay windows, juliet balconies, and professionally manicured lawns along with elaborate front porches decorated with columns and wrought iron railings.
The Bedford Park - Nortown neighbourhood offers great outdoor activities including the Don Valley Golf Course and Earl Bales Park, home to the North York Ski Centre, are conveniently located near each other. If you feel like getting outside and enjoying yourself no matter the season, you can find either one in full-swing and within a convenient distance. Kids in the neighbourhood flock to the Ledbury Park Pool in the summer for a cool-down and dog-owners have a recently built place to walk their best friends at the Ledbury Dog Park, built in 2009. The Ledbury Park Community Centre has a variety of programs for enrichment of all ages as well as summer camps. In the winter, the Centre's Rink is a big draw.
The neighbourhood is home to the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club which opened in 1925 and has been an important fixture ever since. The club is famous for training Olympic medalists in figure-skating, the club also offers lawn bowling, squash, swimming and tennis in addition to theatre and bridge groups, kids camps and book clubs.
Avenue Road, one of Toronto's most popular shopping districts, leaves you wanting for little with its gourmet and specialty stores, fashion boutiques and furnishing shops, gift shops and a variety of restaurants. Bathurst Street strikes a different tone with Jewish delis and bakeries, restaurants and coffee shops but between the two strips there's something for everyone.