Davisville Village, in midtown Toronto, is one of the more densely populated parts of the city. It is also one of the most varied in terms of housing. From single family detached houses built in the 1920s to apartment highrises constructed in the 1970s and ’80s to more modern upscale condominiums, Davisville has it all when it comes to housing.
This diversity in housing has led to a diversity in population, as well. Davisville is popular with both families and young couples, as well with young professionals, all of whom are attracted by the affordable housing, the proximity to downtown and to work — Davisville is also home to a large number of office buildings — as well as the ready availability of green space, recreational facilities, nightlife and varied shopping. Since the 1980s, Davisville has also become a popular neighbourhood for immigrants from many cultures, lending the midtown area a pleasingly cosmopolitan air.
Bordered by Eglinton Avenue East on the north, Bayview Avenue on the east, Merton Street on the south and Yonge Street on the west, Davisville Village also overlooks Mount Pleasant Cemetery on its southern edge. The beautiful cemetery — which is the final resting place for many famous Torontonians and holds many gloriously built memorials — also has miles miles of walking trails, along with fountains, statues, botanical gardens and many rare species of trees. It has become an extremely popular site not only for those interested in the history of Toronto and of architecture, but for those looking for a quiet place to walk and contemplate the city and its relationship to nature.
History and Social Profile
Davisville Village was established in 1840 by John Davis, who founded the area’s first post office and served as its first postmaster. The building which housed the original post office is still found on the north-east corner of Yonge and Davisville. Davis also founded the Davisville Pottery Company, which was, for decades, the largest employer in the neighbourhood, along with a number of wood and paper mills.
In the 1860s, the southern part of the area began to be subdivided on land owned by the Davis family. The northern part of the neighbourhood, largely owned by the local church, remained undeveloped until 1911, when it was sold to a developer. Many of the houses in Davisville date from these times. While a few houses are still standing from the late 1800s, many of the houses in the Village were constructed during a development boom in the 1920s and ’30s.
In the 1970s, as more office towers were built and more businesses found the midtown location more conducive than downtown Toronto, developers began to build more apartment buildings and condominiums due to a demand from young professionals and couples. And around 2007, developers began to build a number of more upscale condominiums as the area became a more trendy destination for those looking for a place to call home that wasn’t priced completely out of reach.
Since the early ’80s, Davisville has also become a more popular area for recent immigrants to Canada. This diversity has made Davisville a more vibrant and diverse neighbourhood, as families and professionals from East and South Asia found a welcoming home in the neighbourhood.
Davisville has many attractions for its residents. Along Eglinton, the neighbourhood is home to a lively bar and nightclub scene, making it very popular with young singles and professionals.
For those seeking more sedate entertainment, Mount Pleasant Road offers a widely varied range of stores, including some of the city’s most popular antique and decorating stores, as well as clothing stores and a number of popular restaurants. And, of course, Yonge Street affords its own diverse shopping, as well as cinemas, clubs and more restaurants.
And June Rowlands Park — named after a former mayor of Toronto — is a green oasis for recreation, with six tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a playground and a lot of space for neighbourhood dogs.
- Simple Bistro
- Granite Brewery and Restaurant
- Across the Road
- Davisville Station
- Eglinton Station
Buses also run regularly on Yonge Street, Eglinton Avenue, Bayview Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road.
- Maurice Cody Junior Public School, 364 Belsize Drive, 416-393-9240
- Davisville Public School, 43 Millwood Road, 416-393-0570
- Hodgson Senior Public School, 282 Davisville Avenue, 416-393-0390
- North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 17 Broadway Avenue, 416-393-9180
- Northern Secondary School, 851 Mount Pleasant Road, 416-393-0270