Luxury residences of Brule Gardens enclave in Swansea Village
At the west edge of Swansea, between South Kingsway and the Humber River, a hilly terrain shaded by massive oak trees provides tranquil setting for elegant high-end residences. Many of these luxury homes are Tudor mansions, some of them on truly impressive size grounds, with gardens overlooking, or even running down to the river.
Many of the area half-timbered houses and stone cottages were built in early 1900s by Robert Home Smith, who was also involved in designing The Kingsway, west of Humber River and north of Bloor.
North of Bloor Street extensive walking paths along the Humber River traverse Etienne Brulé Park, Magwood Park, Lambton Park, crossing the river and following the west bank to Lambton Woods, James Gardens and beyond.
A low-rise older condominium dating back to 1982, the Waterfall Building, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, is beautifully situated at the corner of Brule Terrace and Bloor Street West, and backs to the wilderness surrounding the Humber River. This exclusive building contains only 31 large size suites.
Two new condominium buildings are located at the corner of Bloor Street and Old Mill Drive.
The only through street in this secluded enclave is Riverside Drive. The area has no sidewalks, and traffic is scarse, with South Kingsway providing an easy connection between The Queensway and Bloor Street. Subway station at Bloor and Jane is nearby, and the residents enjoy excellent shopping and dining along Bloor.
Schools in Swansea:
Swansea Jr. & Sr., 207 Windermere Avenue, 416.393.9080, website; ranking
Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Ave., 416.393.0000, website; ranking
Western Tech. Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Cres., 416.393.0500, website; ranking
St. Pius X Separate School, 71 Jane St., 416.393.5237, website; ranking