A predominantly upper-middle income neighbourhood is Windfields. This neighbourhood is popular with young families. Highlights of Windfields are the decent selection of schools, abundance of parkland, large family sized homes, and close access to Highway 401. Unlike many traditional Toronto neighbourhoods where the streets are set up in a grid design the streets in the Windfields neighbourhood twist and turn. Some streets stop abruptly at the end of a ravine or local park. Others empty into one of the major arterial roads that boarder the area. Non-local traffic is kept to a minimum and local streets are safe and child friendly. Playing a game of road hockey on the street has never been safer.
The neighbourhood of Windfields is bounded with Highway 401 to the north, Leslie Street to the east, Lawrence Avenue to the south, and Bayview Avenue to the west.
E.P Taylor, legendary Canadian philanthropist and entrepreneur, built the Windfields Farm in 1937. Taylor’s wife Winnifred came up with the name for the farm one autumn day when she was walking with her husband on their estate. She noticed how the wind was gracefully blowing across the fields of their farm and the name “Windfields” was born. The Windfields neighbourhood now sits on the land where the Taylor farm was once located.
In its glory days, the Windfields Farm was known across North America as having one of the top thoroughbred racing stables. One of the most well known horses from this stable was Northern Dancer, the first Canadian horse to win the Kentucky Derby.
As the years passed E.P Taylor gradually became more of a private man. In 1963 he relocated his main residence to the Bahamas in Lyford Cay. The Winfield estates were sold in 1968 to developers. Taylor then donated thirty acres of his estate to the City of Toronto. His land was used to develop what is now known as Windfields Park. At the same time the Taylor family also donated their mansion at 2489 Bayview Avenue. In 1988 the mansion reopened its doors as the Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies. In 1989 E.P Taylor passed away in his home in Lyford Cay in the Bahamas.
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