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Windfields has an upscale balance of residential living accommodations and urban living arrangements. Families and young professionals share the area, as it offers modest split-level and ranch-style bungalows that are being replaced by beautiful new homes and condominium townhouses located on Leslie Street. Here, you’ll find everything you need for shopping, dining, and professional services.

If you’re looking for more to do or need to get to work, the Downtown core is only 19 minutes away by public transportation.

Education
You won’t need to go far to bring your children to quality schools equipped to helping your children grow academically, like Rippleton Public School and schools that offer French Immersion such as Windfields Jr. High School, York Mills Collegiate High School, and Dunlace Public School, as well as French high school Etienne-Brûlé.

Public Transit
Lawrence Avenue East allows residents to use the 162 bus line that can take them to the Lawrence subway station. Bannatyne Drive’s bus line runs through the area as well as that of Silver Hills, providing access to Leslie Street and York Mills Station. The 51 bus on Leslie Street allows students and faculty to reach Rippleton Public School while York Mills Road also has a bus line that facilitates the trip to York Mills Collegiate High School, Secondary School Etienne-Brûlé and Windfields Jr. High School.

Activities & Amenities
Residents have an abundance of choice when it comes to restaurants and other professional services on Leslie Street and York Mills Road. Other shopping centres and popular streets are only a five-minute drive. Rippleton Park allows residents and students at Rippleton Public School to enjoy sunny days and invigorating walks, or venture through the large expanse of Windfields Park that extends beyond the neighbourhood.

HISTORY

In the 1930s, the Windfields Farm was built for the famous racehorse breeder, Edward Plunkett ‘E. P.’ Taylor and his family, where they bred thoroughbred race horses and started a commercial breeding program. The farm spanned 1500 acres, catering to famous horses, such as Nearctic, Victoria Park, and Nijinsky. The farm included the Northern Dancer Cemetery, The Arena, and other areas, which are now owned by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The Arena was used as Taylor’s breeding shed and was formerly called Parkwood Stables when Taylor bought them from Colonel R. S. McLaughlin in 1950. In 1963, Taylor and his family moved to the Bahamas and sold his Windfields estate five years later. The Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies is now located in Taylor’s mansion, which was a gift to the city.

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