Saturday, November 27, 2010

Going big on Avenue Road...

Many long-time denizens of Ledbury Park are accustomed to fending off unsolicited offers to buy their houses. This is an area where builders have razed nearly entire streets of post-war bungalows and replaced them with small mansions.

The actual Ledbury Park is a three-acre gathering spot that offers swimming pools and waterfalls in the summer heat, outdoor skating in winter and award-winning architecture by the firm of Shim-Sutcliffe.

The surrounding community stretches from Lawrence Avenue north to Wilson Avenue and from Avenue Road west to Bathurst. Before Greater Toronto’s amalgamation, the area was part of the city of North York.

In the 1990s, the area began to attract families who were drawn to the amenities and schools of nearby Forest Hill, Lawrence Park and Teddington Park but couldn’t afford the lofty real estate prices. Buying a teardown and starting anew, they reasoned, was a less expensive option.

One spin-off of all the rebuilding is the rejuvenation on Avenue Road, where there has been an influx of interior decorating shops.

Source: Carolyn Ireland
Friday's Globe & Mail
Published Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 11:52AM EST Last updated Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 12:02PM EST

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