Bedford Park (Yonge and Lawrence) Guide

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Welcome to Bedford Park (Yonge and Lawrence):

Toronto families flock to this charming, historic neighbourhood just north of downtown. Beautifully updated century homes on deep, manicured lots give the community a traditional feel, and the wide, tree-lined streets are perfect for bike rides and Saturday afternoon shinny games. Add in excellent local shopping, a central location with solid transit options and top-notch neighbourhood schools, and this community is a magnet for busy families looking for their forever homes.

Highlight:

The concentration of independent bakeries along Yonge Street is unmatched in Toronto – what a treat!

What you’ll fall in love with:

If you have a sweet tooth, Bedford Park is the place for you. Nobody’s done the math, but we’re willing to bet the little strip of Yonge Street on the east side of the neighbourhood has the highest concentration of whimsical, independent bakeries in the city. The Rolling Pin has a weekly donut schedule. Butter Avenue has a giant tower of French macarons in the window and offers an afternoon tea where you can taste 12 kinds of dessert. You can buy Robyn’s Cookies in her renovated pink garage, but her treats are so ultra-gourmet you can also buy them at Pusateri’s Fine Foods. Bobbette & Belle is routinely featured on The Marilyn Denis Show, and some say Patisserie Sebastien has the best croissants in the city. One thing is certain: You’ll never have to bake a birthday cake again!

Schools:

There are three schools in the neighbourhood: John Wanless Junior Public School, Blessed Sacrament School and Bedford Park Public School. All are excellent: John Wanless received a 7.9/10 in the Fraser Institute’s 2015-16 review of Canadian schools, while Bedford Park received an 8.3/10. This is due in part to the fact that the schools benefit from tremendous financial support from local families: The Toronto Star reports that John Wanless and Bedford Park topped up government funding to the tune of more than $250,000 each in 2012, ranking them the third and fourth among Toronto’s top fundraising schools.

House Style:

Mainly single-family detached century homes, most built in the 1920s through to the 1940s. In recent years, older homes have been demolished to make way for stunning, multi-million-dollar infill homes with every modern convenience.

Prices:

The average price of a single-family detached home is just over $1.7 M, while condominium prices range from $365,000 to $1 M, averaging about $640,000.

Neighbours:

Bedford Park is an L-shaped neighbourhood that runs from Brooke Avenue in the north to Lawrence Avenue down south. The western boundary is Avenue Road, and the eastern boundary runs down Yonge Street, east along Snowdon Avenue and south again down Ronan Avenue – just west of Wanless Park.
There’s no question Bedford Park is a community full of families: There are lots of children in the neighbourhood, and most of the adults who live here are over 30, with plenty of boomers and seniors as well. Most homes are single-family detached, with a fair number of duplex and row houses as well. The average after-tax household income is $130,000 and the average price of a single-family detached home is just over $1.7 million.

The commute:

The trip to the downtown business district is relatively quick, as Bedford Park sits right on the TTC’s busiest subway line. Transit will get you there in 40 minutes, while driving takes about half an hour. You can bike in under an hour, along busy city streets. Yonge and Bloor is closer, just 20 minutes by car or transit, and half an hour by bike. If you’re heading elsewhere in the GTA, you’ll love that Bedford Park is close enough to the 401 to be convenient, and far enough away to avoid the drone of traffic.

The lifestyle:

When you’re working, running a household and raising kids, life is so much easier if everything you need is close by. Bedford Park offers real convenience for families. Shopping is easy, with grocery stores on every corner of the neighbourhood and the beloved Kristapsons Smoked Salmon near the corner of Yonge and Lawrence. This 60-year-old institution makes Canadian cold-smoked salmon that is certainly the best in the city, and some say the best in the world. You’ll probably also find yourself stopping in at The Friendly Butcher, another neighbourhood favourite that offers local, Ontario-raised meats. You don’t have to go any further than Yonge Street for most of your other basics, with drugstores, men’s and women’s clothes, toy stores, an indoor playground and even an independent Canadian shoe store, Getoutside Shoes. Most of the commercial area falls under the purview of the Yonge Lawrence Village Business Improvement Area association, which puts on a host of local events each year, including a summer sidewalk sale in June and an art walk in the fall. Everything you need is right here.

Comic fans young and old will love that Bedford Park is home to one of Toronto’s last independent comic book stores. For 25 years Paradise Comics has been specializing in comics from the 1950s through the 1970s, and more recently became home to one of the city’s biggest selections of graphic novels. Another popular local hobby shop is Passionknit, a yarn store for the passionate knitter. The neighbourhood also offers lots of dining options for nights when you’re just too tired to cook. Family-friendly burger joints include The Burger Cellar (hooray for burgers paired with wine!), Burger’s Priest, McCoy Burger Co. and Stack, which boasts “two-handed” burgers along with house-made donuts. For more upscale dining, consider Coppi Ristorante, a neighbourhood gem that has been in business for more than 25 years. Other area greats include Wildfire Steakhouse, Piazzetta Trattoria and Shinobu for Japanese food and the famous Belly Buster Submarines – it will probably be the best sub you’ve ever tried.The southeast corner of the neighbourhood is served by the Bedford-Wanless Ratepayers Association, which hosts an annual spring fair in nearby Wanless Park. Active locals will enjoy the Bedford Park Community Centre and the Lawrence Park Athletic Association.

 

A little bit of history:

The truth is, nobody knows where the name Bedford Park really came from. In 1873, an entrepreneur named Charles McBride built a two-story hotel on the corner of Yonge Street and Fairlawn Avenue. He called it Bedford Park Hotel, a name that was eventually used to define the small rural community where it stood. Most assume the name we use today was taken from McBride’s hotel, but nobody knows where he got it from.
More than a decade after McBride built his hotel, two brothers – Phillip and William Ellis – purchased the nearby, burnt-out former home of James Metcalfe, along with the 100 acres it stood on. In 1889, they formed The Bedford Park Company and proposed a subdivision containing 1,500 small lots. The proposal was approved in 1892, but it took decades to woo buyers, probably because the folks who lived here had to walk a good distance just to catch transit into the city. By the 1920s, only five percent of the lots were filled, many with small white bungalows. Much of the current housing stock dates to the 1930s and 1940s as the neighbourhood developed with improved transit options and vintage suburban sprawl.

 

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#307 -2900 YONGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#307 -2900 Yonge St

Toronto, Ontario M4N 3N8

$1,595,000

Apartment 2 2
65 GOLFDALE RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

65 Golfdale Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4N 2B5

$2,999,000

House 4 4
151 YONGE BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

151 Yonge Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M5M 3H3

$4,095,000

House 5 5
12 CHELTENHAM AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

12 Cheltenham Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4N 1P7

$4,995,000

House 5 6
#418 -3018 YONGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#418 -3018 Yonge St

Toronto, Ontario M4N 2K4

$3,750 Monthly

Apartment 3 2
3 ALDBURY GDNS, toronto, Ontario
For sale

3 Aldbury Gdns

Toronto, Ontario M4N 1B6

$2,298,000

House 3 4
9 PINEDALE RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

9 Pinedale Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4N 3A4

$2,375,000

House 5 4
61 UNSWORTH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

61 Unsworth Ave

Toronto, Ontario M5M 3C4

$4,150 Monthly

House 3 2
197 GREER RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

197 Greer Rd

Toronto, Ontario M5M 3N4

$1,650,000

House 3 2
368 OLD ORCHARD GRVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

368 Old Orchard Grve

Toronto, Ontario M5M 2E9

$1,499,900

House 3 3
263 JEDBURGH RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

263 Jedburgh Rd

Toronto, Ontario M5M 3K3

$1,699,000

House 3 4
#401 -265 RIDLEY BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#401 -265 Ridley Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M5M 4N8

$2,250 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
147 DAWLISH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

147 Dawlish Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4N 1H6

$3,695,000

House 5 4
132 LEDBURY ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

132 Ledbury St

Toronto, Ontario M5M 4H9

$3,295,000

House 5 5
3184 YONGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

3184 Yonge St

Toronto, Ontario M4N 2L1

$2,600 Monthly

Other 2 1
3182 YONGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

3182 Yonge St

Toronto, Ontario M4N 2L1

$900 Monthly

Other 2 1
3180 YONGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

3180 Yonge St

Toronto, Ontario M4N 2L1

$900 Monthly

Other 2 1
86 ROE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

86 Roe Ave

Toronto, Ontario M5M 2H7

$2,259,000

House 5 4
12 CHELTENHAM AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

12 Cheltenham Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4N 1P7

$11,000 Monthly

House 5 6
74 HARGRAVE LANE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

74 Hargrave Lane

Toronto, Ontario M4N 0A4

$1,188,000

Row / Townho 4 3
578 DELORAINE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

578 Deloraine Ave

Toronto, Ontario M5M 2C4

$3,449,000

House 5 6
#317 -1717 AVENUE RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#317 -1717 Avenue Rd

Toronto, Ontario M5M 3Y5

$2,800 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
63 FAIRLAWN AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

63 Fairlawn Ave

Toronto, Ontario M5M 1S6

$1,750 Monthly

House 1 1
#508 -3900 YONGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#508 -3900 Yonge St

Toronto, Ontario M4N 3N6

$5,800 Monthly

Apartment 2 2