The Governor's Bridge neighbourhood was subdivided in 1912 by William Douglas and Wallace Nesbitt. Douglas and Nesbitt were distinguished lawyers at the Toronto law firm of McCarthy, Osler and Company and both men were elected president of the Osgoode Legal and Literary Society during their careers.
The actual building of homes in this neighbourhood did not take place until after 1923, when the Governor's Bridge was opened. This bridge spanned a section of the Moore Park Ravine and received its name due to the close proximity of the Lieutenant Governor's residence, which was located where Chorley Park is today.
The same year that the Governor's Bridge opened, Wallace Nesbitt and the estate of William Douglas altered their original plan of subdivision for this neighbourhood. All of the original street names were changed in the new plan. Southview Avenue became Nesbitt Drive, Oakdale Crescent became Douglas Crescent and Hawthorne Avenue was changed to Governor's Road.
In the early years this neighbourhood was affectionately referred to as "Little Hollywood" because many of the first houses built in Governor's Bridge featured Spanish architectural accents.
Governor's Bridge is an exclusive enclave of approximately one hundred and fifteen homes nestled in a wooded ravine valley which hides the fact that this neighbourhood is just five minutes from downtown Toronto.
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 idyllic setting offers to its residents.
The Governor's Bridge neighbourhood features an eclectic mix of houses that come in all sizes, shapes, and architectural styles. These houses were built in the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's. Many of the original bungalows are being torn down and replaced by new custom designed houses that fit well on the generous size lots that are characteristic of this neighbourhood.
For those seeking the ultimate in privacy the houses on Douglas Crescent sit perched atop the wooded slopes of the Moore Park Ravine. Blue Jays, raccoons and even the occasional fox are some of the wildlife to be spotted from the backyards of these homes.
The Governor's Manor, located at 67-93 Douglas Crescent has recently been converted into upscale condominium townhomes. This English Tudor style apartment, built in the 1920's, is a stately looking building that adds to the grandeur of this exclusive neighbourhood.
(P) Bennington Heights, 76 Bennington Heights Drive, (416) 396-2310
(P) Bessborough Drive Elementary & Middle School, 211 Bessborough Drive, (416) 396-2315
(PH) Rosedale Heights Secondary School, 711 Bloor Street East, (416) 393-1580
(PH) Leaside High School, 200 Hanna Road, (416) 396-2380
(PR) Branksome Hall, 10 Elm Avenue, (416) 920-9741