Why I Love Toronto Reason #191
The Bridle Path
Well let’s start by saying I think everyone one of us kind wants to live in this area of Toronto. No matter how many of us say we wouldn’t. I mean come on this is one of the most expensive areas in the city! Better yet I think that I should say it is the most exclusive neighbourhood in Toronto where the residents here have more money than any of us will ever see in a lifetime live. The Bridle Path is one of the areas where Toronto’s wealthiest citizens live. Just to give you an estimate of how expensive this area is, Toronto Real Estate said that the average sale price of a home was $4,667,500. The Average! That is the price of the AVERAGE home. Some homes extend past that and cost 10 Million. However, it does have high property crime, which I don’t get since most of the homes are gated and guarded. I should also mention I did this post today because I watching a show last night called Revenge for Real, which dealt with murders and crimes of revenge in the Hamptons. Anyways, The Bridle Path homes are located on one to six acre lots that have the most ridiculously sized houses, as well as tennis courts, pools or even both! They even have coach houses, in-home health clubs, basketball courts, private gyms, billiard halls, soccer fields, skating rinks, theatres and indoor pools. Remember my post Movies Shot in Toronto? Well I should also mention that Regina George had a mansion here in Mean Girls, but we all know our beloved Mean Girl in real life lives in a more quiet historical area of the city. Rumour even has it that the Bachelor Canada Mansion will be located in the Bridle Path!
Anyways the area used to be home to Conrad Black (which isn’t really a good thing), Celine Dion (even though she never comes to Canada anymore) and of course Prince (but we all knew that from reason #84). But there are other rich people who we don’t know who also live in the area! In an article by Toronto Life called lives of the Rich and Not So Famous, Toronto life mentions some of these people! 1) The Dilawri’s (yeah I know who?) well apparently he is the CEO of an Auto Group Dealership and has a Zen Garden. 2) The Kesarwani’s, I just wanted to mention him because his job is to liposuck the fat out of the rich…plus he is head of plastic surgery at Toronto East General (which depending on why you are getting plastic surgery is respectable) 3) Gladstone Raymond Chang – he is probably the most famous one living on the path, and by famous I mean famous to Ryerson students. Chang is the Chancellor of Ryerson and the school of continuing education is named after him 4) Gupta – this is my favorite! This family is from India and has lived in the Path since 1997, they’re rich because they are franchisers of Comfort INN, Marriott and Hilton. But there home was modelled after a Maharaja’s Palace and has an indoor waterfall as well as baroque furniture! A WATERFALL AND MAHARAJA PALACE! This is deficiently a Back The Fuck Up moment.
But what is the history of the area? Well the street was named after a horse riding trail, because after all bridle path means a path to lead horses. Hubert Page was the first developer on the land buying 50 acres of land with the intent on dividing and selling parts of them - up until that point the Bridle Path was just a farm area. However, his plans where crippled by that darn depression, which seemed to hit the rich really hard. Anyways, Page still built his home at 2 Bridle Path (maybe because 1st is the worst 2nd is the best) followed by E.P Taylor in 1936. In 1947 there were at least half a dozen houses on the Path. Now the name Bridle Path was not official until 1962 and there are only two ways to enter the exclusive neighbourhood. The first is via Post Rd and the second Lawrence Ave. Torontonians have even given it the nickname Millionaires Row. I should also note that a study conducted showed that non-millionaires spell bridle, BRIDAL as well as people who don’t know the history of the area….well good thing I spelt it wrong in google first!
Now after reading a page from a real estate website I found out that some of the rich in Toronto see the neighbourhood as (and I quote) “an enclave of the nouveau riche to enjoy ostentatious and tasteless displays of their affluence…” ouch. But I mean come on some of these people have so much money to spend that they need to blow it on tasteless things. It’s just how rich people work, I mean my friend watches 90210, and when Annie inherited all that money from Marla and wanted to use it for goodwill, she was like “if I had that money I’d spend it on tasteless things that I wouldn’t need…she’s such a bad rich person that Annie.”
Anyways, as much as some of Toronto’s rich hate the area, you have to appreciate the architecture of some of the homes. Now they are mostly gated off, but if you can get a peak without looking sketchy, you will see some of the most beautiful homes built in the 30’s and 60’s with styles ranging from Georgian, Colonial, Greek, Tudor Revival, Italianate, neo-gothic, California Bungalows as well as futuristic like homes.
So…yeah, I think I love this area because it is a dream to me. Something that I may never achieve unless this blog starts making millions, but regardless, for its architecture, its crazy and unnecessary uses for space, the Bridle Path is one of the most dream worthy areas to live for most of us in this city.
That Is Why I Love Toronto.