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Having grown from farmland to fantasy land, the Bridle Path has been one of Toronto’s toniest neighbourhoods for some 75 years. The streets are still wider than the norm, having been built thus to allow extra space for recreational equine traffic (hence the term “bridle”). Properties range from 1.5 to six acres, with elaborate gates and landscaping protecting the houses from the roads (which still have the flavour of the old days, given their lack of sidewalks; but even their modern-day speedbumps are accessorized by red brick pavings).
For many decades, the large lots were a haven for sprawling mid-century bungalows, but few of them remain as many new architectural styles have taken their place.