ANCROFT PLACE IS LIKE AN ENGLISH COUNTRY VILLAGE THAT’S LANDED IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO

There’s something kind of British about these 21 red brick buildings situated on a leafy cul-de-sac, facing a deep ravine.

Houses in this community are similar to English cottages, but they’re not as small as they first appear.  They’re valued in the millions, partly because of the location.

Lawyer and developer KENNETH FERNS MACKENZIE finished building Ancroft Place in 1927, two years before the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. His was one of the few rental complexes in or near ritzy ROSEDALE, that made it possible to rent without worrying about a mortgage, and still be in an upscale neighbourhood.

Ancroft Place is another of TORONTO’s ‘hidden’ communities.  When the trees sprout in the spring the houses almost disappear.

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