DAVISVILLE VILLAGE 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. He also operated the Davis Pottery, which became the Village’s largest employer.
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.
OVERVIEW OF DAVISVILLE VILLAGE
This centrally located neighbourhood has always been popular with singles, young couples and families. The Davisville neighbourhood is known for its excellent recreational facilities, outstanding shopping districts, and active nightlife, which includes bars, restaurants and movie theatres.
HOMES IN DAVISVILLE VILLAGE
The majority of Davisville houses were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The houses west of Mount Pleasant Road are mostly large two and three-storey English Cottage and Edwardian-style homes.
There are also a number of duplexes and walk-up apartment buildings in this area.
The houses east of Mount Pleasant Road are made up primarily of smaller detached houses, semi-detached houses and bungalows. This part of the neighbourhood also contains a handful of historical homes from the late 1800’s, and a growing number of new custom built homes.
Davisville Village also contains a number of newer condominium apartment buildings located mostly on Merton and Balliol Streets and along Eglinton Avenue. A plethora of rental high-rise apartment buildings are situated on Davisville Avenue.
SCHOOLS IN DAVISVILLE VILLAGE
(P) Davisville Jr. School, 43 Millwood Road, (416) 393-0570
(P) Metro Toronto School for the Deaf, 43 Millwood Road, (416) 393-0630
(P) Eglinton Jr. School, 223 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 393-9315
(P) Hodgson Sr. School, 282 Davisville Ave, (416) 393-0390
(P) Maurice Cody Jr. & Sr., 364 Belsize Drive, (416) 393-9240
(P) Spectrum Sr. Alternative School, 223 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 393-9311
(PH) North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 70 Roehampton Avenue, (416) 393-9180
(PH) Northern Secondary School, 851 Mt. Pleasant Road, (416) 393-0270
(P) Public School, (PH) Public High School, (CA) Catholic School, (PR) Private School, (PC) Private Catholic School, (PJ) Private Jewish School, (C) College, (U) University
LIFESTYLE IN DAVISVILLE VILLAGE:
Davisville Village’s main shopping district is on Mount Pleasant Road. This shopping district is known as Mount Pleasant Village where you will find some of Toronto’s best restaurants and cafes as well as specialty food shops. This stretch of stores is also highlighted by a large group of antique and collectable shops that attract people from all over the city. Home decorating stores, children’s clothing and toy stores, a neighbourhood library and an old fashioned movie theatre all add to the ambience of this street.
Davisville Village residents also enjoy shopping along Yonge Street, Eglinton Avenue and Bayview Avenue. These shopping areas contain a plethora of gift shops, clothing and accessory stores, bakeries, cafes, and coffee shops. Professional and medical offices proliferate in the small commercial buildings along these corridors.
RECREATION IN DAVISVILLE VILLAGE:
Davisville Park is the social and recreational centre of this neighbourhood. During the day, it is a beehive of activity with preschoolers enjoying the Davisville Park playground and wading pool.
Davisville Park’s six tennis courts are used by the Davisville Tennis Club on evenings and weekends. This club has an active house league and tournament schedule. Adjacent to the tennis courts is the Davisville Park baseball diamond, which is extensively used by children and adult baseball leagues.
Davisville also has an active nightlife with many pubs, restaurants, and movie theatres.
TRANSPORTATION IN DAVISVILLE VILLAGE:
There is local bus service on Mount Pleasant Road, Yonge Street, Davisville Avenue and Eglinton Avenue. These bus routes connect passengers to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The Davisville and the Eglinton subway stations at Yonge Street are within a reasonable walking distance of this neighbourhood.
This area offers motorists quick access to downtown Toronto via either Mount Pleasant Road or Yonge Street. Toronto’s highways and expressways are located within a twenty minute drive of Davisville Village.
PARKS AND GREENSPACES IN THE TRANSPORTATION IN DAVISVILLE VILLAGE AREA:
June Rowlands Park – 220 Davisville Avenue
This 2.6 hectare park can be found at the corner of Davisville Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road. The park features a ball diamond, six tennis courts, a volleyball court, a splash pad and children’s playground.
Oriole Park – 201 Oriole Parkway Toronto, ON M5P 2H4
Oriole Park is special to the community in that it contains the first playground designed for children with disabilities.Neshama Playground has a water park, sensory musical features, Braille panels, an enclosed merry-go-round and accessible swings.
Eglinton Park –
The park has two baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a splash pool, and a kids playground. Outdoor tennis courts are turned into skating rinks in the winter. Also located in the park is the North Toronto Community Memorial Centre with an indoor pool, outdoor pool, water slides, gymnasium, walking track, and exercise rooms. There is also an indoor skating rink.
Moorevale Park – 175 Moore Avenue
A 1.5 hectare park near St.Clair Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Road that features five lighted outdoor tennis courts, a lighted lawn bowling green and club house, a wading pool, children’s playground, sport field and a baseball diamond. The park is home to the Moore Park Tennis Club and the Moore Park Lawn Bowling Club. Moorevale Park is a nicely shaded park with lots of beautiful trees. There are washroom facilities in the clubhouse and parking is available on the street.
Rosehill Reservoir –
Stretching roughly three kilometers and located in Toronto’s Rosehill neighbourhood, the Rosehill Reservoir provides one of the most beautiful walking excursions that you’ll likely find in the city. With three main entrances (at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, at David A Balfour Park, and from St. Clair Ave. at the Avoca St. bridge) the reservoir is easily accessible for a person to go for a nice stroll or to walk their dog. The City of Toronto has built wooden staircases and walking trails on the west side of the reservoir for both convenience and to ensure that a little bad weather doesn’t stave off any potential wanderers.
The reservoir is home to beautiful woods and flowers and even the odd wild animal sighting (even in Toronto this is one spot that you could still happen across a deer or fox). Below the Avoca St. bridge, there’s also some incredible grafitti art to be found. Stretching forty feet from side to side and nearly five stories from the ground, the underside of the bridge is covered in expansive spray-painted murals and tags, demonstrating a gorgeous juxtaposition between the simple colours of nature and the wide variety used in the art world.
LIBRARIES IN THE DAVISVILLE VILLAGE AREA:
- Mount Pleasant Branch Library – 599 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 393-7737
- Toronto Public Library – (416) 393-7610