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April 11, 2017

Bridle Path: Then and Now

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The Bridle Path neighbourhood is best known as an upscale collection of magnificent multi-million dollar homes in the Bayview and Lawrence area. It is also often referred to as “Millionaires Row.” The lush area and luxurious homes have been known to host celebrities such as Prince, Conrad Black, Celine Dion, and coming soon – Drake. Which means if you live on Bridle Path, you are in great company.

Before Bridle Path was known as the residential area of the upper class, this lavish area was merely farmland until 1929. The land had never been considered for residential development until the Bayview Bridge was completed. After the construction of the bridge, Hubert Daniel Bull Page, a Toronto land developer and founding father of the Bridle Path area, envisioned the land as an exclusive enclave of estate homes. He built the Cape Cod Colonial style house at 2 The Bridle Path to initiate interest in the land and his vision.

 

This area of Toronto was never intended for residential housing until Page’s home laid the foundation of the prestigious neighbourhood that it is today. Before this, the area had been used as equestrian bridle paths, thus inspiring the affluent neighbourhood’s current name. These bridle paths have been paved over in the transition from farmland to brilliant houses, however, the legacy remains in the usually wide streets.