Davisville

Winona Drive House
 

If you’re looking for a quieter area in Toronto with easy access to services without having to live downtown then Davisville Village is the perfect choice. One of the more affordable neighbourhoods, it offers its residents close proximity to every amenity including restaurants, clubs, movie theaters, grocery stores, drug stores, banks, healthcare, an active nightlife, an outstanding shopping district and easy access to the Davisville subway. June Rowlands Park is the recreational hub of the area with 6 tennis courts, a baseball diamond, children’s playground and wading pool. Beautiful Mount Pleasant Cemetery abuts this area and offers residents a sprawling park for bike riding or bird watching or simply strolling and enjoying the many art pieces donated by local gifted artists.

Location

Davisville
Davisville
The densely populated area is officially divided into two neighbourhoods: Mount Pleasant West and Mount Pleasant East. Mount Pleasant West is located to the west of Mount Pleasant Road, north of Merton, east of Yonge Street, and south of Keewatin Avenue. Mount Pleasant East is bordered by Bayview Avenue to the east, Moore Avenue to the south, Yonge Street to the West, and Blythwood Road to the north. Most of the neighbourhood’s moderate-sized houses were built between the 1920s and 1940s and are mainly comprised of two- or three-storey English Cottage and Edwardian homes. However, you can still see some of the historic dwellings that were built in the 1800s, and also some modern condominium complexes on Mount Pleasant, Bayview, Broadway, Yonge and Eglinton.

History

The neighbourhood received its name from John Davis, an immigrant from Staffordshire, England. As soon as he moved to Toronto, Mr. Davis took a very active role in the development of the community of Davisville. Not long after his arrival, he opened up his own pottery store (Davis Pottery). Later, he served as the neighbourhood’s first postmaster and, more important, he helped fund the first public school in the area (Davisville Public School). Even today, you can see the two-storey post office building where Mr. Davis used to serve. It is still standing at the corner of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue. In the 1860s, the area of land owned mostly by the Davis family and their friends was split. A piece of land to the north belonged to the Church until the 1900s, while the other part, known as Davisville Glebe, remained undeveloped until 1911, when it was sold to he Dovercourt Land and Building Company.

Local attractions

Toronto’s largest cemetery, it stretches from Bayview Avenue in the east to Yonge Street in the west. Since 1873, the cemetery has been the final resting place to more than 168,000 Toronto residents. The list of notable people and local celebrities buried here includes Frederick Banting and Charles Best, co-discoverers of insulin, Alexander Muir, author of The Maple Leaf Forever, pianist Glenn Gould, W. Garfield Weston, a business magnate and member of one of Canada’s most wealthy families, and many other businessmen, sports personalities, former mayors of the city, and so forth. The cemetery is set in a beautiful environment suitable for walking or jogging. Countless different species of trees from around the world, including a rare Ginkgo tree, and native tree specimens make the cemetery one of North America’s finest arboretums.

Green areas at your reach

Davisville’s location combines city convenience with natural beauty at its doorsteps, as parks, parkettes, and ravines are found in every direction.

June Rowlands Park, previously known as Davisville Park, lies to the west of Mount Pleasant Road. The local favourite of the neighbourhood’s parks was named after a former mayor of the city who was famous for her tireless fight for affordable housing and preserving green spaces and historical parts of the City of Toronto. She spent most of her time trying to put Toronto on the list of the world’s greatest cities.

More nearby parks:

This little Toronto secret is an eight-kilometre trail passing through the scenic Rosedale Ravine, the Mount Pleasant cemetery, the Lower Don Trail, and the tranquil Don Valley Brick Works Park. It follows Mud Creek, a small tributary of the Don River. Not many people know about this place, but its thickly-wooded slopes and wetlands with numerous species of birds and other wildlife are definitely worth a visit.

Ravine In Winter by Vlad Litvinov
Ravine In Winter by Vlad Litvinov

Sunnybrook Park is a popular place among those who want to relax or enjoy the beauty of nature within Toronto. In the summer, it is possible to host a barbecue or to do some horseback riding at the park’s stables. During the winter, you can see kids swooshing down the hillside on toboggans just as you enter the park.

Sports and Recreation

Skyline of Davisville
Skyline of Davisville by Wikimedia Commons

Fireflow Yoga, 172 Eglinton Avenue East 2nd floor, (416) 855-3570
 

Toronto Kick Boxing & Muy Thai Academy, 1992 Yonge Street, (416) 998-3674
GoodLife Fitness, 250 Davisville Avenue, (416) 440-4242
Leaside Lawn Bowling, 190 Hanna Road, (416) 483-1418
Zen Beginnings, 697 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 480-9366, (416) 489-1520

Spas

La’ Dira Hair & MedSPA, 2481A Yonge Street, (416) 485-2225
Bellair Laser Clinic, 2355 Yonge Street, (416) 489-0337
Urb Organic Spa, 701 Mount Pleasant Road, (647) 344-7451
Healthwinds, 650 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 488-9545

Arts & Entertainment

Galleries

Rm Studio Gallery, 2498 Yonge Street, (416) 482-7207
Xc Art Restoration, 604 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 482-3133
Klim Art Galleries, 2473 Yonge Street, (416) 932-9221
Alexandre Fine Antique Prints Maps & Books, 593 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 364-2376
Thera Gallery, 575 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 322-3688
State of the Art Gallery, 1541 Bayview Avenue, (416) 489-4795
Dessinee Art Gallery, 2470 Yonge Street, (416) 483-9488
Canadian Fine Arts, 577 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 544-8806
The Frame Up, 703 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 484-9016
Sculptors Society of Canada, 64 Merton Street, (416) 214-0389
Willow Gallery, 707 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 920-3779
Bernardi’s Antiques , 699 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 483-6471
ATTI Gallery, 2152 Yonge Street, (416) 484-6266

Cinemas

Mount Pleasant Cinema, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 489-8484
SilverCity Cineplex Odeon, 2300 Yonge Street, (416) 544-1236
Regent Theatre, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 480-9884

Shopping

Women:

Dew, 1553 Bayview Avenue, (647) 436-1232
Merchant of Tennis, 1621 Bayview Avenue, (416) 932-2396
Cornflower Blue, 1606 Bayview Avenue, (416) 489-4167
Whatever Lola Wants, 1625 Bayview Avenue, (647) 350-1833
Your Clothes Friend, 1573 Bayview Avenue East, (416) 486-7755
Smart Set, 2300 Yonge Street, (416) 487-7499
Cotton Ginny Limited, 2300 Yonge Street, (416) 440-1820
She’s, 2190 Yonge Street, (416) 486-8137
American Apparel, 2466 Yonge Street, (416) 486-7781

Men:

American Apparel, 2466 Yonge Street, (416) 486-7781
Testa Uomo, 2719 Yonge Street, (416) 485-2568

Children:

Spoiled Baby, 2 Davisville Avenue, (416) 484-0470
Higher Ground for Kids, 2511 Yonge Street, (416) 485-9228

Other

The Eglinton Way, 200 – 533 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 487-3294
Yonge and Eglinton Centre, 2300 Yonge Street, (416) 489-2300
Art Shoppe,  2131 Yonge Street, (416) 487-3211
Au Lit Linens, 2049 Yonge Street, (416) 489-7010
Curved Space, 2103 Yonge Street, (416) 484-0850.
Downsview Kitchen Store, 161 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 481-5101
Indoors and Out, 2045 Yonge Street, (416) 489-7553
Restoration Hardware, 2434 Yonge Street, (416) 322-9422
Mable’s Fable bookstore, 662 Mount Pleasant Road Toronto,(416) 322-0438
Master Mind (Toy Store), 639 Mt Pleasant, (416 ) 440-0111
Home Front (Home Accessories), 371 Eglinton Ave East,
Horticultural Design, 1610 Bayview Avenue Toronto, (416) 488-7716

Restaurants and Eateries

Kramer’s Bar & Grill, 1915 Yonge Street, (416) 483-0697
Mariachi’s (Mexican), 2084 Yonge Street, (416) 481-7111
Zucca Trattoria, 2150 Yonge Street, (416) 488-5774
Yitz’s Deli, 346 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 487-4506
Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, (416) 440-1986
Il Sogno Ristorante, 1993 Yonge Street, (416) 322-7050
C’est Bon Restaurant, 2685 Yonge Street, (416) 932-2811
Boland’s Open Kitchen, 575 Mount Pleasant Rd, (416) 482-2424
Sushi Supreme, 1995 Yonge Street, (416) 544-0777
Rahier, 1586 Bayview Avenue, (416) 482-0917
Camerini Ristorante, 709 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 483-6784
Celestin, 623 Mt Pleasant, (416) 544-9035
Chick n’ Deli, 744 Mt Pleasant, (416) 489-7931
Grazie Ristorante, 2373 Yonge Street, (416) 488-0822
Fox and Firkin, 51 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 480-0200
Alley Catz Restaurant and Jazz Bar, 2409 Yonge Street, (416) 481-6865
Duff’s Famous Wings, 1604 Bayview Avenue, (416) 544-0100
Sushi Supreme 1995 Yonge Street, (416) 544-0777
Five Doors North, 2088 Yonge Street, (416) 480-6234
Jaipur Grille, 2066 Yonge Street, (416) 322-5678
Vita Sociale (Continental), 2472 Yonge Street, (416) 483-2211
North 44, 2537 Yonge Street,(416) 487-4897
I zu Japanese Restaurant, 1835 Yonge Street, (416) 932-8349
Lola Sushi, 2070 Yonge Street, (416) 932-0290
Falasca, 2059 Yonge Street, (647) 352-5155
Cocquine Restaurant, 2075 Yonge Street,(416) 322-6767

After Dark

The Duke of Kent, 2315 Yonge Street, (416) 485-9507
Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub, 150 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 484-6637
The Granite Brewery and Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 322-0723
Spaco Restaurant and Billiard Bar, 2415 Yonge Street, (416) 489-4163
Uptown Loft, 2464 Yonge Street, (416) 489-1105
Mint Nightclub, 383 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 484-4101
Originals, 1660 Bayview Avenue, (416) 481-0371

Cafes:

DAVIDs TEA , 2389 Yonge Street, (416) 480-0002
Il Gelatiere, 647 Mt. Pleasant Rd , (416) 488-2663
La Boheme Cafe, 2481 Yonge Street, (416) 489-2233
Second Cup, 642 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 486-6780
Starbucks Coffee, 43 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 483-6850
Tim Hortons, 1840 Bayview Avenue, (416) 489-0800
Half-baked Ideas Inc, 516 Mount Pleasant Road, (647) 808-4253
Timothy’s World Coffee, 90 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 486-4350

Education

Schools:

Davisville Jr. School, public school, 43 Millwood Road, (416) 393-0570
Metro Toronto School for the Deaf, public school, 43 Millwood Road, (416) 393-0630
Eglinton Jr. School, public school, 223 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 393-9315
Hodgson Sr. School, public school, 282 Davisville Avenue, (416) 393-0390
Maurice Cody Jr. & Sr., public school, 364 Belsize Drive, (416) 393-9240
Spectrum Sr. Alternative School, public high school, 223 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 393-9311
North Toronto Collegiate Institute, public high school, 70 Roehampton Avenue, (416) 393-9180
Northern Secondary School, public high school, 851 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 393-0270

Nearby Libraries:

Toronto Public Library – Mount Pleasant, 599 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 393-7737
Northern District Public Library, 40 Orchard View Boulevard, (416) 393-7610
Leaside Branch Public Library, 165 McRae Drive, (416) 396-3835

Transportation

By car: – Downtown Toronto is easily accessible via either Mount Pleasant Road or Yonge Street. It takes approximately fifteen to twenty minutes to get to Toronto’s major highways and expressways.

By bus: – Bus service on Mount Pleasant Road, Yonge Street, Davisville Avenue, and Eglinton Avenue connects residents to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.

By subway: – The main subway stations located on Yonge Street, Davisville and Eglinton Stations, are within walking distance of nearly every home in the neighbourhood.

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