Near by Leaside, you'll find Bennington Heights. Surrounded by nature, Bennington Heights is a relatively small neighbourhood, and is one of Toronto's most exclusive luxury neighbourhoods.
Bennington Heights is bound on two sides by the bluffs of the Don River Valley ravine and on the north by Mount Pleasant Cemetery, protecting the neighbourhood from traffic passing through and allowing the residents to enjoy its tranquility. This works two-fold. One, it keeps traffic noise from disturbing the neighbourhood. Two, it keeps traffic to a minimum which makes the area seem all that much more serene.
There is very little turnover of homes in this highly sought after neighbourhood and its easy to see why once you experience the peace and tranquility that this serene setting offers to its elite residents.
Bennington Heights English Manor stone houses were built in the 1920's and 1930's. The Cottage style two-storey homes and bungalows were built in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Unlike many other Toronto neighbourhoods, the added nature space creates an environment which allows for large yards and sprawling estates.
Bennington Heights' winding roads, culs-de-sac and ravine properties all add to the charm of owning a home in this exclusive neighbourhood.
Bennington Heights neighbourhood is enclosed in the renowned Leaside community according to Toronto Real Estate Board.
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Bennington Park, located off of Bayview Heights Drive, has a nice view of the Don River Valley. This park is the home of the Bennington Heights Tennis Club which has two tennis courts. Next to the park is the Bennington Heights School. The school's recreational facilities include a soccer field, two baseball diamonds, and a large children's playground.
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, with its diverse trees and plants, and paved roads with little car traffic, is also a popular location to enjoy nature walks.
Evergreen Gardens Park, off of Moore Avenue also has a children's playground. Nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts can access the Moore Park Ravine walking trail from Moore Avenue east of Hudson Drive or from the Bayview Avenue extension. The Moore Park trail is a remnant of the former Belt Line Railway, a commuter train that serviced Toronto in the early 1890's.
The Evergreen Brick Works situated in the Don Valley ravine off the Bayview Extension seems like a world away from everyday life in Toronto. Evergreen Brick Works is Toronto's newest Green initiative and it is attracting visitors of all ages from all parts of the city who are gathering here to shop at the popular farmers market, hike along nature trails and to learn about Toronto's urban nature.
The Brick Works; formerly known as the Don Valley Brick Works originated in 1889. Many of Toronto's early houses were made from bricks manufactured on this site. Thanks to the City of Toronto and its partners, as well as private citizens, $32 million has been raised thus far in an effort to rehabilitate the former brick-yard and to restore the historic building's on this site.
The master plan for the Evergreen Brick Works is to cultivate a multi-purpose community space combining the historic buildings on the site with an interpretive outdoor centre where individuals can learn about native plants and gardening, local foods and cooking, green design and the ravine eco-system.
For sure one of the highlights of the Evergreen Brick Works that has already emerged is the immensely popular Saturday Farmers' market. There are a plethora of vendors at this market selling everything from native plants and organically grown local fruits and vegetables to freshly baked breads and organic meats. One popular vendor delights the early morning and lunch time crowd by selling freshly made crepes as well as breakfast burritos. Waffles and organic lemonade are other popular stops for hungry shoppers enjoying the fresh air of the open market. The Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market is open every Saturday from 8am until 1pm until October.
Large grocery store, pharmacy and a bank are just minutes away at the corner of Bayview and Moore, and a short drive or bus ride north on Bayview takes the residents to fantastic shopping and dining in the Leaside shopping district.
- Bennington Heights Elementary School (GR. JK-06), 76 Bennington Heights Dr, East York, 416-396-2310
- Bessborough Dr. Elementary and Middle PS, 211 Bessborough Dr., 416-396-2395
- St. Anselm Catholic School, 182 Bessborough Dr., 416-393-5243
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Elementary School , 1-1/2 Garfield Ave., 416.393.5239
- Junior Academy, private (JK to Grade 8) , 2454 Bayview Ave., 416-425-4567
- Leaside High School , 200 Hanna Rd., tel. 416-396-2380
- Crescent School (private boys' school grades 3 to 12), 2365 Bayview Ave., 416-449-2556
Bennington Heights Elementary School is located immediately south of Bayview and Moore Avenues. The school has been serving the Bennington Heights Community since September 1950, providing educational excellence in a small school environment.
The Bennington Heights Child Care Centre located within the building provides nursery, pre-school and school-age programs, full and part-time.
The Moore Avenue bus connects passengers to the St. Clair station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. Motorists can hop on the Bayview extension which will usher them downtown in minutes or provide access to the Don Valley Parkway and a network of connecting highways leading into and out of the city.
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