Those looking for a fine balance of some green space and a family friendly location, all with the access to Toronto's downtown core at their fingertips, will feel the draw of Davisville Village. With subway accessibility, numerous parks, schools, and a thriving nightlife just steps away, it's no wonder so many people are enjoying the neighbourhood that boasts a walkability score of 91 percent.
Divided into two distinct areas: Mount Pleasant West (located to the west of Mount Pleasant Road, north of Merton, east of Yonge Street, and south of Keewatin Avenue) and Mount Pleasant East (Bayview Avenue to the east side, Moore Avenue the south, Yonge Street to the West, and Blythwood Road to the north), the Davisville Village has one of the highest percentages of high rise buildings within the city of Toronto, ideal for those who want to enjoy the convenience of condo living or apartment living.
Like the feel of Toronto Beaches, but want something a little more central? According to Statistics Canada, Mount Pleasant East could be the perfect fit for you, as it has similar resident demographics to the Beach, and provides a similar neighbourhood feel.
Davisville Village was founded in 1840 by John Davis, who immigrated to Canada from Staffordshire England. Davis was responsible for opening the very first post office in the area, serving as the area's first postmaster and helping to fund the neighbourhoods first public school - Davisville Public School. Today the area where the original Post Office was founded on is a Starbucks, located on the northeast corner of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue. Davis was also the proprietor of Davisville Pottery Company, an influential employer to many in the neighbourhood for years before a sizable chunk of the land was sold to Dovercourt Development Company in 1911.
Throughout the 1920s and 1930's many single-family homes were built. Several still exist today, nearing the marker of becoming Toronto Century Homes. The houses west of Mount Pleasant Road are mostly large two and three-storey English Cottage and Edwardian-style homes. The houses east of Mount Pleasant Road are made up primarily of smaller detached and semi-detached houses and bungalows.
Davisville Village also contains a number of condo developments located mostly on Merton and Balliol Streets and along Eglinton Avenue.
Shopping & Community
This area has the modern conveniences of a combination of big box stores, like Eglinton Centre and Chapters Indigo, as well as some fantastic independent local retailers who can help you find that perfect housewarming or baby gift.
Looking to pick up some fantastically fresh food and meet your neighbours, all while you support local farmers? In 2011, the community launched their own farmer's market in conjunction with efforts from local counsellor Josh Matlow. Mark your calendars for Tuesday evening and stop by the market from 3PM-7PM from mid-May to early-October, to focus on all the best food local farmers and vendors have to offer. Stay to enjoy their "Fresh-Air-Fitness" program and workout in the park, or relax for a picnic and enjoy their "Music in the Market". Newer initiatives from the community and local businesses have allowed people to experience refreshing local craft beer events with a beer in the park. What could be better? Follow their Facebook Group to find out what’s new in the market and around the city.
Mountain Pleasant Village BIA hosts numerous events to boost the community feel in the area. Each June the community participates in Shop, Wine, Dine for 10 days of in-store workshops, sidewalk sales, and special restaurant menus. In September, they host a Harvest Fair.
Green In the City
Bordering on Toronto's largest cemetery, residents of Davisville Village enjoy one of the most sublimely beautiful views in the city. The Mount Pleasant cemetery runs from Bayview Avenue to Yonge Street and has been a part of the neighbourhood since 1873. The handsome cemetery is representative of Toronto's history, and notable people such as Pianist Glenn Gould and Garfield Weston rest there. Locals will often enjoy the area for visiting loved ones, as well as walking or jogging.
In addition to Mount Pleasant Cemetery, there is quick access to many parks, including June Rowlands Park, Moore Ravine Park, Sunnybrook Park, Lawrence Park, Blythwood Ravine, Sherwood Park, and David A. Balfour Park. Trip Advisor suggests one of the best ways to get to know this or many other parts of the city, is by taking a guided Toronto Walking Tour, that meets near Davisville Subway Station, through the area to discover all of the green the area has to offer. Toronto walking Tour participant Mana praised the experience:
We had a great time today walking along some hidden amazing nature just in the middle of the city! Everything about this walking tour was excellent and I highly recommend it to everyone. Don't miss it!
Family Fun and Education
Canadian families understand the importance of both indoor and outdoor options to help them feel connected to their communities, and Davisville Village does not disappoint! Gymboree Play & Music offers classes for families with newborns to five-year-olds. Marry raves about the programs:
I've been coming here for 4 months now, since my baby was 6 months old. Free parking, never had any issues getting a spot. Teachers are nice, good mini community. Classes are for specific age groups so I don't have to worry about my little one getting hurt by older kids.
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.
Residents of Davisville Village have access to dozens public, private, and specialty schools, programs and daycares supporting the needs of their families including:
- Bessborough Drive Elementary and Middle School
- Davisville Junior Public School
- Eglinton Junior Public School
- Greenwood College
- Manor Montessori School
- Maurice Cody Junior Public School
- Northern Secondary School
- North Toronto Collegiate Institute
- St. Anselm Catholic School
- St. Monica Catholic School
- Sunnybrook Private School
- Toronto Prep School
In addition to access to numerous educational institutions there are also three public libraries in the area including:
Nightlife and Entertainment
Those who enjoy going to the movies have three theatres just a short walk away and can enjoy the latest blockbusters at SilverCity Cineplex Odeon Yonge and Eglinton, or the independent and community spirited film offerings at Mount Pleasant Cinema, and Regent Theatre.
The area house many pubs and restaurants. Grano is a rustic yet elegant Italian restaurant offering a very popular antipasto bar and special breads baked on the premises.
Standard fare is offered at the Bull and Firkin, but you can also enjoy the excellent beer selection when dining at The Wallace Gastropub, or brunch at Jj's Café and Deli. Terry insists Jj’s Café and Deli is an important part of Davisville Village's community:
You will always feel welcome here, not only is it home cooked food, you know it's made with care and pride. This is what it was like if you grew up in a friendly town.
Those who want some offbeat entertainment can take in a comedy show at nearby Absolute Comedy. Joe says of his Wednesday and Saturday night visits to Absolute Comedy:
Every single time I come here I end up with sore cheeks from laughing so hard.
You can also take in an evening of mystery, murder, drama, and intrigue that doesn't involve Netflix care of the interactively fantastic experience offered at Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre.
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.