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Davisville history

Davisville Village is named after John Davis, who immigrated to Canada from Staffordshire, England in 1840. 

John Davis served as Davisville's first postmaster and helped found the Davisville Public School. The building that housed the original post office is currently a Starbucks at the North-East corner of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue.

Ed. Note: The former Davisville Post Office was run by John Davis' grandson Jack. This two-storey building is still standing on the northeast corner of Yonge St. and Davisville Avenue.

The south part of Davisville was subdivided in the 1860's on land owned mostly by the Davis family. The north part of the Village belonged to the Church. This latter tract of land, known as the Davisville Glebe, remained undeveloped until 1911 when it was sold to the Dovercourt Land and Building Company, the same company that oversaw the development of the Lawrence Park neighbourhood.

John Davis also started Davisville Pottery Company, which was the largest employer in the neighbourhood for several years.[1] In 1911 Davis sold a large portion of the land to Dovercourt Development Company to be developed.[1] Many single family homes were built between the 1920s-1930s and still exist today.[1]

Demographics

The population of Davisville Village as of 2006 was 23,690.[2] The population of Davisville grew approximately 6.5% between 1996 and 2001, and another 8.5% between 2001 and 2006.[2] Davisville is densely populated neighbourhood. Given an area of approximately 2.23 km2, it has a density of approximately 10,623 people per km2.[2]

Davisville has a higher percentage of Canadian citizens than Toronto according to the 2006 census data. Almost 48% of Davisville residents are Canadian citizens compared to 46% in city of Toronto.[2] Between 1961 and 1981 the immigrant population in Davisville remained fairly consistent at approximately 17% of the total population. By 1981 the immigrant population in Davisville increased rapidly and has continued to do so for the past three decades.[2]

The immigrants in Davisville come from many different countries. The country where most of Davisville's immigrants come from is the United Kingdom. In 2006 there were 955 people living in Davisville from the United Kingdom. There are also 480 immigrants living in Davisville from the United States of America and 470 immigrants from Iran. Other countries of origin for Davisville immigrants are China, India, Philippines, Germany, Poland, Jamaica, South Korea, Romania and Russia.[2]

Davisville is serviced by two TTC subway stations, Davisville and Eglinton station on the Yonge-University line. It also has regular bus service on Eglinton Ave. E. and Bayview Ave. The easy access to public transportation and the proximity to the Downtown core, results in a higher percentage of residents using public transit and self-propulsion (walking/biking). Davisville's transportation mode shows that 46.5% of residents use public transit and 11.9% walked or biked to their destination, compared to the City of Toronto's transportation mode which shows that only 34.4% of residents use public transit and 8.8% walk or bike.[2] The 2006 census data also shows that Davisville neighbourhood has a lower percentage of vehicle users than the city of Toronto. 40.1% of residents in Davisville use car, trucks, vans, and/or motorcycles to get to their destination compared to Toronto's 55.8%.[2]

Division

The city of Toronto assigns the Davisville Village into two official neighbourhoods:

Mount Pleasant West is situated West of Mount Pleasant Road, North of Merton Street, East of Yonge Street and South of Keewatin Ave. 91% of people in this neighbourhood live in low/high rise apartment and condo buildings, which makes it one of the most building-dominated neighbourhoods in Toronto (comparable to the high-rise dense downtown core; Source: Statistics Canada). There are a number of affordable housing units in the area which factors into the lower income levels in this neighbourhood compared to the surrounding ones. Over 80% of residents are renters, which is approximately 30% over Toronto's average.

Minto Midtown In 2003 Minto proposed a plan for two high-rise condominium buildings on Yonge street, south of Eglinton avenue. A majority of Davisville residents were strongly opposed to the development. The case was taken to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which agreed that in order for Minto's plans to be approved, they needed to comply with the following conditions:

  • Reduce building height by several stories
  • Contribute $1 million towards affordable rental housing for seniors
  • Contribute $200,000 towards a new pedestrian walkway (Moore, 2009).

The Minto Quantum towers were built and completed in 2007 (Coorsh, 2010).

Mount Pleasant East is bordered to the east by Bayview Ave, Moore Ave to the South, Yonge street to the West and Blythwood to the North. The people in this neighbourhood are predominantly in their working years and enjoy an average income and average house value well above the norm for the city (Statistics Canada). It is comparable to The Beaches in demographics and income.

Davisville today

The Davisville Village (often referred to only as Davisville), located south of Yonge and Eglinton, is a residential area popular with both families and singles. Schools, shopping, trendy restaurants and boutiques are predominant, with easy subway access to downtown Toronto. Davisville is a diversified neighbourhood and extends from Merton Street at the south end, to Eglinton Avenue to the north, and from Bayview Avenue going east, to Yonge Street going west.

Davisville is sometimes overlooked for better-known neighbourhoods like Leaside to the east, Chaplin Estates to the west, Lawrence Park and North Toronto to the north, and Moore Park to the south. But do not dismiss Davisville; it is a bustling and amazingly diversified neighbourhood with a real sense of community. With shops and services on the three major north-south intersections; Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant and Bayview, residents of Davisville are always just steps away from a grocery store, drug store and a variety of specialty shops.

Davisville is the perfect area for anyone working in downtown Toronto who wants a quieter area to live in that is still easily accessible to major shopping and entertainment areas. While this area has all the amenities a resident might need like restaurants, subway access, grocery stores, drug stores, it is also close to parks and the beautiful Mount Pleasant cemetery, which is favoured for walks and bike rides by Toronto residents. One of the advantages of this neighbourhood is that there are various other interesting areas within walking distance. Also, one of Toronto's many cycling (or walking) paths is accessible from just south of Yonge and Davisville, from which a whole network of paths is available throughout the city.

Most of the houses here were built in the 1920's and 1930's and are mostly 2 and 3 storey homes, although there are still a few bungalows. However, there have been a series of condominium projects built on streets like Merton, Balliol, Millwood, Mount Pleasant, Bayview, Broadway, Yonge and Eglinton, just to name a few. These new condo complexes have allowed for an influx of single buyers and young upwardly mobile couples, who want to live on the subway line with the possibility of walking to all services, without living downtown. People choose Davisville for its lifestyle and its community as well as its urban look and feel!

Davisville real estate

Davisville is sometimes overlooked for better-known neighbourhoods like Leaside to the east, Chaplin Estates to the west, Lawrence Park and North Toronto to the north, and Moore Park to the south. But do not dismiss Davisville; it is a bustling and amazingly diversified neighbourhood with a real sense of community. With shops and services on the three major north-south intersections; Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant and Bayview, residents of Davisville are always just steps away from a grocery store, drug store and a variety of specialty shops.

Davisville is the perfect area for anyone working in downtown Toronto who wants a quieter area to live in that is still easily accessible to major shopping and entertainment areas. While this area has all the amenities a resident might need like restaurants, subway access, grocery stores, drug stores, it is also close to parks and the beautiful Mount Pleasant cemetery, which is favoured for walks & bike rides by Toronto residents. One of the advantages of this neighbourhood is that there are various other interesting areas within walking distance. Also, one of Toronto's many cycling (or walking) paths is accessible from just south of Yonge and Davisville, from which a whole network of paths is available throughout the city.

Most of the houses here were built in the 1920's and 1930's and are mostly 2 and 3 storey homes although, there are still a few bungalows. However, there has been a series of condominium projects built on streets like Merton, Balliol, Millwood, Mount Pleasant, Bayview, Broadway, Yonge and Eglinton, just to name a few. These new condo complexes have allowed for an influx of single buyers and young upwardly mobile couples, who want to live on the subway line with the possibility of walking to all services, without living downtown. People choose Davisville for its lifestyle and its community as well as its urban look and feel!

Public libraries

Mt Pleasant Branch Library pic

Mount Pleasant Branch Public Library 
599 Mount Pleasant Rd
Toronto, Ontario
M4S 2M5
(416) 393-7737

  

Library Pic - North District

Northern District Public Library 
40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
M4R 1B9
(416) 393-7610

 

 

 Library Pic - Leaside.jpg

Leaside Branch Public Library 
165 McRae Dr
Toronto, Ontario
M4G 1S8
(416) 396-3835

 

 TDSB - School Board Banner

Davisville public schools

Please note that the schools listed below have very definite enrollment boundaries. Prior to purchasing a property, parents should phone the school in which they are interested in enrolling their children, in order to confirm that they will accept children from the address being considering for purchase.

Davisville Junior Public School/Metropolitan School for the Deaf PS
43 Millwood Rd, Toronto, Ontario  (416) 393-0570

Eglinton Public School / Spectrum Alternative School Sr
223 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto (416) 393-9315

Hodgson Senior Public School 
282 Davisville Avenue, Toronto (416) 393-0390

Maurice Cody Jr Public School
364 Belsize Dr, Toronto (416) 393-9240

John Fisher Public School
40 Erskine Ave, Toronto (416) 393-9325

North Toronto Collegiate Institute
70 Roehampton Ave, Toronto (416) 393-9180

Northern Secondary School
851 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto (416) 393-0270

St Monica's Catholic School
44 Broadway Ave, Toronto (416) 483-1513

Private schools

Bishop Strachan School

Branksome Hall School

Crescent School

Junior Academy

St Clement's School

St Michael's College 

Toronto French School

York School 

Upper Canada College

Child care centres

Group child care centres are licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services under the Day Nurseries Act to meet specific standards related to the physical environment, staff/child ratios and program activities, staff training, health and safety and nutrition. Child care centres vary in the number and ages of children they serve.

Click here to go to City of Toronto Child Care Finder....

Shopping

Bayview Avenue  and Mount Pleasant Road both feature a wonderful array of shops and restaurants. Many of these stores are geared towards children, reflecting the demographics of the two neighbourhoods. Mount Pleasant Rd is also known for its antique shops, specialty stores, and both Bayview & Mount Pleasant have an abundance of neighbourhood pubs & restaurants, cafés and specialty food shops that attract a clientele from all over the City.

Leaside's residents also shop at the local stores along Yonge St and Eglinton Avenue. There are also some delightful shops and services located in the interior of the Leaside neighbourhood on both McRae Drive and Millwood Road.

Bayview - Leaside BIA

Mount Pleasant Village BIA

Yonge Lawrence Village

The Eglinton Way

Yonge & Eglinton Centre

Bayiew Village

SmartCentre - Leaside

Recreation

Few Toronto neighbourhoods can match Leaside and Davisville when it comes to recreation. The largest recreation center in the area is Leaside Memorial Community Gardens which includes an indoor swimming pool, an ice rink, a curling rink and a large auditorium.

Trace Manes Park, located in south Leaside off McRae Drive, is the home of the Leaside Tennis Club which has six tennis courts. Trace Manes Park also has a tots playground, a baseball diamond and an outdoor natural ice rink which is in use from late December until the end of February. The Leaside Public Library is situated adjacent to this park off McRae Drive.

Howard Talbot Park, situated in picturesque valley at the southeast corner of Bayview and Eglinton Avenues features two baseball diamonds that are popular with local baseball leagues.

Leaside residents can enjoy nature and fitness activities in Serena Gundy Park and Sunnybrook Park. In addition to offering ideal picnic spots, Sunnybrook Park features top notch sports fields, an exercise trail, horseback riding stables and a licensed snack bar operated by the Parks and Property Department.

Famous Players Canada Square
2200 Yonge St., Second Level, Toronto, ON

SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton
2300 Yonge St, Toronto, ON

Mount Pleasant Cinema Mount Pleasant (Soudan)
675 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto ON

Regent Cinema Mount Pleasant (Belsize) 
551 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto ON

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* The Preceding piece of text is freely licenced, and the original text is found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davisville_Village

**The Toronto neighbourhood text profiles, sketches and maps displayed on this website were published in "Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods", are copyright Maple Tree Publishing and have been reproduced by the Toronto Real Estate Board under license.

 

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