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Featured Neighbourhood of the Month - Bedford Park


Blog by Nigel Denham, Senior Vice President - Sales | May 3rd, 2017


Bedford Park

History: Bedford Park began as a farming hamlet centred around the crossroads of Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue.  This village was a popular stopover for farmers travelling to and from the markets in Toronto.  It is likely that Bedford Park is named after the Bedford Park Hotel, which opened in 1873 at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Fairlawn Avenue.

The residential development of Bedford Park was linked to the Metropolitan Street Railway which began service to this area in 1890.  That same year Bedford Park amalgamated with the former Town of North Toronto, which was then annexed by the City of Toronto in 1912.  To this day Bedford Park is commonly referred to as North Toronto.

Overview: The Bedford Park neighbourhood is geared toward families with young children.  It has an excellent selection of public, private and separate schools, many parkettes and playgrounds, a community centre, a library, and convenient access to Toronto’s transit system.

Homes:
Bedford Park has a good mix of detached and semi-detached homes.  The original housing stock was built between 1890 and 1940.  However, many of the bungalows in the neighbourhood have recently been torn down and replaced with custom-designed houses.  New condominium apartment buildings have recently been built on both sides of Yonge Street, just a few blocks north of Lawrence Avenue.

Shopping: Yonge Lawrence Village is a family-oriented shopping district with a good cross-section of stores. It also features a good selection of coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants.

The Avenue Road shopping district, north of Lawrence, has a diverse mix of shops and restaurants including national chain stores, home decorating stores, fast food restaurants, gift stores and gourmet food shops.

Recreation:
Wanless Park is the largest park in the neighbourhood.  It has five floodlit tennis courts, a basketball court, a baseball diamond, a tots playground and a wading pool.  Wanless Park is close to the Bedford Park Community Centre.  Located at the Bedford Park Public School, this Community Centre includes a gymnasium and an indoor pool.

The Woburn parkette, west of Yonge street, is a popular destination point for neighbourhood parents with toddlers and preschoolers.  It features a new tots playground and a wading pool.  A few blocks north of the Woburn parkette is the Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre, which operates out of the Fairlawn Heights United Church.  This centre includes seasonal programming for residents of all ages.

The George Locke Public Library at the southeast corner of Yonge and Lawrence, offers year round programs for adults, children and preschoolers.

Schools: 

(P)       Bedford Park Jr.

           81 Ranleigh Ave.                             

(416) 393-9424

(P)       John Wanless Jr.

           250 Brookdale Ave.                        

(416) 393-9350

(S)       Glenview                    

           401 Rosewell Ave.                          

(416) 393-9390

(PH)    Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute

           125 Chatsworth Dr.

(416) 393-9500

(C)      Blessed Sacrament

           24 Bedford Park Ave.                      

(416) 393-5226

(PR)   Havergal College

          1451 Avenue Rd.

(416) 483-3519

(PR)   Toronto French School

           296 Lawrence Ave. East

(416) 484-6533


Transportation: The Lawrence subway station off Yonge Street is within reasonable walking distance of all the homes in this neighbourhood.  There is also regular bus service on Yonge Street, as well as limited service on both Avenue Road and Mount Pleasant Road.

Motorists are 20 minutes from downtown and approximately five minutes from the Yonge Street on-rap to Highway 401. 

 

Bibliography:

Dunkelman, David, Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, Copyright © 1997 by David Dunkelman