Toronto Home Neighborhoods: Baby Point & Old Mill Neighbourhoods
These communities lie west of Jane between Dundas and Bloor. The exclusive Baby Point community sits on high ground overlooking the Humber, with a ravine on the north side. Back In the 1600s there was a Seneca Indian village on this land, which took defensive advantage of the high ground. The village was long abandoned by the time James Baby (who's family were successful fur traders in Quebec) settled here in 1816, and grew apples on the land, and bottled and sold the water from the property's spring. In 1910, the government bought the land and sold it to a leading developer, Robert Home Smith, who subdivided the land and starting homes in 1912. The Old Mill neighbourhood overlooks the historical ruins of the Old Mill on the Humber River, which was first built in 1793, but rebuilt several times due to destruction by fire. The still-popular Old Mill restaurant & tea garden, was opened in 1914 overlooking the mill's ruins and also was the sales office for developer Home Smith and Company, which developed several nearby neighbourhoods over the 1920's and 30's.
Motorists can get to downtown in minutes via Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway. TTC's Jane station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line is a 15 minute walk, or a short ride on the Jane Street bus.
The neighbourhood is served by 1 public elementary school, 2 Catholic elementary schools, 1 high school, and 3 public libraries nearby (to the N, E, and SE). University of Toronto is accessed via the Bloor subway, and York University can b e accessed via the Jane Street bus. Humber College's Lakeshore Campus is a few miles to the SW along Lake Shore Blvd.
The area is served by several mature shopping districts, the Bloor West Village and along Jane Street (at Annette) with many European shops and restaurants. Also close-by is the Kingsway Village shopping district, just west of the Bloor Street bridge.
This neighbourhood has excellent access to paved recreational pathways through extensive parklands along the Humber River, running from Steeles down to the lakeshore. The community has two private clubs, one with tennis, and one with tennis & lawn bowling, There is an indoor pool just east of Jane Street.
The Kingsway cinema is to the west on Bloor Street, and the Village Playhouse offers live theatre east of Jane.
Most Baby Point homes were built in the 1920s and 30s. Larger homes are found on Baby Point Road and Baby Point Crescent, many overlooking the Humber Valley ravine. Smaller 2-storey detached houses are closer to Jane Street. Houses in the Old Mill date to the 1920s to 40s. They range from 2-bedroom bungalows up to 4 bedroom 2-storey Tudor style homes, many with ravine or Humber River views. There are also some apartments & condos along Old Mill Road. Houses are in the low-medium to luxury price ranges.