Avenue Rd and Lawrence, Ontario
Part of the area also known as Bedford Park began as a farming hamlet north of Toronto. The hamlet was a popular stopover for farmers making their way to market in the city. The neighbourhood was likely named after the Bedford Park Hotel, which opened in 1873 at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Fairlawn Avenue, just north of Lawrence Avenue.
Bedford Park is bisected by Yonge Street, lying north of Lawrence Avenue and east of Avenue Road. The northern boundary is Brooke Avenue on the West side of Yonge, and Snowdon Avenue to the east of Yonge. The eastern boundary is Ronan Avenue. There is also a school at Yonge and Lawrence called Bedford Park Public School.
The original homes in the area were constructed between 1890 and 1940. Bedford Park was conceived as a middle class housing development on the northern boundary of the city, with mid-sized detached and semi-detached homes. The relocation of the Rosedale Golf Club in 1909 to the section of the Don Valley northeast of Bedford Park brought about development of the (more moneyed) bordering neighbourhoods of Lawrence Park and Teddington Park. This has skyrocketed the property values of Bedford Park homes. Bedford Park's quiet streets, mature trees, good schools and parks, and proximity to Highway 401 and Lawrence subway station attract young professionals and their families to the neighbourhood. Many of the original homes still stand, with a number having undergone extensive renovations. A portion of the original homes in the neighbourhood have been torn down and replaced with larger, more modern homes.
Another part of the area also known as Lytton Park is centered around 'Lytton Park' (hence the name). Its boundaries include: Bathurst Street to the west, Yonge Street to the east, Lawrence to the north and Briar Hill Ave. to the south. Lytton Park predominantly features Georgian and Tudor Style homes. Many of these houses were built from 1890 to 1930. Houses in Lytton Park are situated on large lots with lush, manicured gardens. There is an abundance of mature trees that line the streets providing a shady "canopy" in the summer and creating a picturesque snowy effect in the winter. Recently, many houses in Lytton Park have become subject to extensive renovations or have been totally rebuilt, transforming the neighborhood architecture.