North York Home Neighborhoods: Bedford Park / Teddington Park / Wanless Park Neighbourhoods
These communities collectively called "North Toronto", lie just north of Lawrence, on both sides of Yonge Street. Bedford Park was named after the 1873 Bedford Park Hotel on Yonge Street at Fairlawn Avenue, and the area grew once it was serviced by the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1890, and was part of the Town of North Toronto until 1912, when it was amalgamated into the city of Toronto. The Teddington Park neighbourhood lies to the south of the Rosedale Golf Club (which had moved from Rosedale to this area in 1909) and wraps around the Riverview Drive Ravine. Wanless Park is a popular neighbourhood south of the ravine and centered around Wanless Park.
Motorists can head downtown via Yonge Street or Mount Pleasant Road and reach Highway 401 via Yonge St. The Lawrence station (on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line) is short walking distance. There is also good bus service on Yonge Street and on Avenue Road, and rush hour service on Mount Pleasant Road.
These communities are served by 3 elementary schools, 2 Catholic elementary, 3 private schools (1 for French language), 1 high school and 1 public library. Post secondary students are very close to York University's Glendon Campus on Bayview, Seneca College's Denham Campus to the northeast, and can access University of Toronto and Ryerson University via the Yonge-University-Spadina subway.
These neighbourhoods have access to the shopping Yonge Lawrence shopping district, with some higher end restaurants and shops, and along Avenue Road north of Lawrence. For mall shopping, residents can head west to Lawrence Square or up to Yorkdale on Dufferin.
The community east of Yonge has five floodlit tennis courts, a basketball court, a baseball diamond, a playground and a splash pool. Golfers can access the Rosedale Golf Club (private). West of Yonge, a community centre has a gym and indoor pool, and golfers can access Don Valley Golf Course (public), off Yonge Street just north of York Mills.
Bedford Park homes date back to between 1890 and 1940, and are mostly detached and semi-detached homes. But more recently, the older homes are being torn down and replaced with custom-built houses. There are newer low-rise condos and townhouses in the southwest corner, overlooking a small ravine just off Avenue Rd. Homes in Teddington Park were built between 1910 and the 1930s, and. Are mostly large Tudor and Georgian style houses on tree-lined streets. Older houses here were named in the days before street numbers became commonplace. Along Riverview Drive, houses have great views of the ravine. The properties on winding Riverview Drive are large and back onto either the Riverview Drive Ravine on one side, or the West Don River and Rosedale Golf Club on the other. Most Wanless Park homes are from the 1930s and 40s, mostly 2-storey but with a few bungalows. Wanless Park's solid brick detached houses were built mostly in the 1930's and 1940's. Most of the houses are two storey, however there is a sprinkling of bungalows in this neighbourhood as well. The homes here are in the low-medium to high-medium price range.