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Just north of Toronto’s downtown, the Davisville Village welcomes young and old. Are you looking for a neighbourhood close to the heart of the city to call home? If you are single, married, or come with kids in tow, the vibrant, cosmopolitan community of Davisville features the best of city life with everything you need at your fingertips. From original 18th century houses to modern, custom-built homes and contemporary condominiums, there is a wide range of options to suit your housing needs. Experience a neighbourhood that boasts fantastic access to parkland and trails, outstanding recreational facilities, top-notch schools, first-rate shopping districts, and plenty of options for the twilight hours including a colourful array of bars, restaurants, cafés, and movie theatres.


Once upon a time . . .

On the north-east corner of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue stands a two-storey building and lasting tribute to Davisville’s humble beginnings. The former Davisville Post Office was run by Jack Davis, grandson of English immigrant John Davis. John Davis, for whom Davisville is named, was the neighbourhood’s first postmaster. Moving from Staffordshire, England, to Canadian shores in 1840, the Davis family purchased land and settled north of Yorktown. An entrepreneur and benefactor, John Davis founded both the Davisville Public School and Davis Pottery, a business that quickly became the neighbourhood’s largest employer. By the 1860s, South Davisville (mostly owned by the Davis family) was subdivided, while the area to the north (mostly owned by the Church) sat undeveloped until 1911 when it was sold to the Dovercourt Land and Building Company, becoming the Lawrence Park neighbourhood of today.


Bricks & Mortar

With most of the Davisville homes built in the 1920s and 1930s, properties range in size and style. West of Mount Pleasant Road, you will encounter two- and three-storey English Cottage and Edwardian-style homes along with duplexes and apartments. To the east of Mount Pleasant Road, smaller detached, semi-detached, and bungalows are juxtaposed with a handful of late-1800s historical homes and a growing number of new custom built homes. Davisville Avenue features high-rise apartment buildings, while newer condominium developments are located mostly along Eglinton and Mount Pleasant Avenues, Merton, and Balliol Streets. One such development is the Chateau Royal, an eight-storey mid-rise condo building situated between Davisville and Eglinton on Mount Pleasant Avenue. The building’s old European theme revitalized with modern architecture and design is surrounded by cozy cafés, romantic restaurants, and spectacular shopping, while in house, the fitness centre, party room, and roof-top patio make this condo a great option to call home.


A breath of fresh air

June Rowlands Park (formerly Davisville Park) is located on the east side of Davisville Village close to Mount Pleasant Road. The park features loads of green complemented by a wading pool, playground, baseball diamond, and six tennis courts run by the Davisville Tennis Club. For house league or tennis tournament schedules, visit the club’s website (www.davisvilletennisclub.com) and get involved today. For even more tennis fun, head just west of Yonge Street to Oriole Park, where more than five acres of tennis courts, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and picnic areas await your recreational pleasure. This park also gives you access to the Kay Gardner Beltline, a 4.5km trail running between Allen and Mount Pleasant Roads. A little to the northwest of Davisville, you will discover Eglinton Park, where in addition to tennis and baseball, you can strap on your skates, play some hockey, take a lesson, or work on that double axel jump just for fun. The North Community Centre also features an indoor gymnasium, track, and exercise room perfect for a cold winter’s day. The centre also boasts both indoor and outdoor swimming pools to ensure your backstroke is in top-notch form year round.


Taxi!

Only minutes away from downtown, Davisville Village makes getting around easy. Head into the city on foot (it’s mostly all downhill), drive, or grab a cab – Yonge Street or Mount Pleasant Road will take you where you want to go. TTC service also offers affordable and easily accessible service. Walk over to the Davisville or Eglinton subway stations on Yonge Street, or catch a bus on Mount Pleasant Road, Yonge Street, Davisville Avenue, or Eglinton Avenue. Toronto also offers a fantastic system of bike paths intertwining in and through the city if you are keen to brave the heat or snow. Finally, if you need to access the wider city or beyond, Toronto’s GO Train and Bus offer regular service to a range of locations, and it is only a 20-minute drive to Toronto’s highways and expressways.


Coffee . . . Where art thou?

Synonymous with finding the right home is finding the right neighbourhood café. Your tried-and-true favourites are located just across from Davisville Village Station. Starbucks, Second Cup, and Tim Horton’s will be sure to please Canadian coffee drinkers; however, if you are looking for something along the lines of a Parisian café, La Bamboche (a little north on Yonge) partners authentic French pastries, croissants, and macaroons with exceptionally brewed organic coffee and espresso. If your home is closer to Mount Pleasant Road, pastry chef Marc Tournayre of Jules Café Patisseries also serves some of Toronto`s finest French pastries along with salads, quiches, and melt-in-your-mouth croque-monsieur (grilled club sandwich). Be sure to pair your sweet or savoury treat with an espresso from their coffee bar. Davisville features many perfect stops on your morning commute and cool cafés to refuel and re-caffeinate any time of day.


Date Night!

Theatres abound in and around Davisville for a relaxing evening or fun date night. The Silver City Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas features nine screens, while the heritage landmark Mount Pleasant and Regent Theatres are only a few blocks away. The gorgeous streetscape of Mount Pleasant Avenue boasts some great dining options, and Yonge Street overflows with outstanding restaurants, cafés, pubs, and lounges. In the summer months, there is an array of outdoor patios to enjoy (Kramer’s Bar & Grill has a roof-top patio), as well as a range of international cuisine in both casual and 5-star fine dining establishments. Located steps from the Davisville subway station, the Twisted Kilt’s mouth-watering menu and 22 beers on tap make for the perfect venue to meet friends, watch the game, and unwind from a long day. For an upscale, unforgettable Japanese dining experience at an authentic sushi bar and dining room, I Zu Japanese Restaurant is also located in the heart of uptown Toronto at Yonge and Davisville, and features authentic, fresh, flavourful fare with a modern approach to traditional Japanese cuisine and friendly service that can’t be beat. With so many great places to choose from, Davisville Village will soon be your home away from home outside of your home . . . .


Does that come in a size 7?

One street west of Yonge Street along a picturesque stretch of Mount Pleasant Road in the heart of Davisville, shopping enthusiasts will encounter a collection of home décor and antique stores, fashion and specialty boutiques, children’s clothing and toy shops, cafés and restaurants, bars and bistros. If you are a lover of couture, Second Nature Boutique boasts three floors of fabulous fashions including designer brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Chanel; while, your children will love Simon Says which just happens to carry some of the most exclusive brands in toys and kids’ clothing in the city. The shopping doesn’t stop there, with Davisville residents surrounded by retail revelry. The Yonge Street stretch from Rosedale to Eglinton Avenue features a range of upscale options from high-end fashion to home décor, specialty food shops, and one-of-a-kind boutiques, while Eglinton and Bayview Avenue offer continued shopping delight complemented by lively cafés and restaurants, and a range of professional services at your fingertips.


Where to take the kids. . .

Your kids will love the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre. With arts and crafts, ballet, jazz, and sports including basketball, volleyball, badminton, and martial arts, this recreation centre will keep your family busy. You and your children (from toddlers to teenagers) will learn how to skate or swim with programs for all ages. The centre also provides quality, fun-filled day camps during school holidays that will provide your children memories to last a lifetime.

A visit to your local library does not have to become a thing of the past with convenient locations for an educational outing your children will love. Two blocks south of Eglinton Avenue, the Mount Pleasant branch offers a great selection of books and some excellent preschool programs. For more extensive programming and resources, be sure to visit the Northern District branch of the Toronto Public Library. Located on Orchard View Boulevard, the branch has fantastic programs for all ages including free one-hour weekly tutoring and calligraphy classes.

From elementary school to high school, private, public, or catholic, Davisville Village has some great options. Most Toronto schools have definite enrollment boundaries, so it’s always a good idea to contact the school you have in mind to ensure your new home falls within its boundaries. 

For more information, visit the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic School Boards websites.


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