Davisville Village was named after John Davis, a British emigrant who came to Canada in the 1840s. He founded the Davisville Pottery Company, and became the community’s first postmaster. The village has long since become part of the city, but the post office building still stands at the corner of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue.
Today’s Davisville Village is a mix of housing types. There are single family houses built of both brick and wood, most created in the 1920s and 1930s. 1970s-vintage rental apartment buildings line Davisville Avenue, built by developer Al Green. The average sale price of a detached house was $1.3 million in 2015, within a range of $700,000 to $2 million. On average, a semi-detached home sold for $900,000, with prices spanning $600,000 to $1.25 million. Typically, both types of property were on the market only 9 days before selling. This highlights the strong Buyer eagerness to join the neighbourhood.
In the past, Merton Street was where Torontonians went to buy lumber for home renovation projects. Dominion Coal had a depot at the south west corner of Mt. Pleasant and Merton for many years. In the early 2000’s however, developers began buying up the land and building condominium projects. Today the units facing south, with a view of the Belt Line Nature Trail, are particularly prized. In the last half of 2015, the average sale price of a Davisville condominium was $539,000. Prices ranged from under $250,000 to under $3 million. The neighbourhood has a greater choice of condominium inventory than with houses. This was reflected in the listing-to-sale average time of 25 days.
Davisville Village’s borders are Yonge Street to the west and Eglinton Avenue to the north. Bayview Avenue and Merton Street are its eastern and southern boundaries. The neighbourhood is anchored by Davisville subway station, which accesses downtown via the Yonge-University line.
June Rowlands Park, at 220 Davisville Avenue, is the primary green space of the village. It features a baseball diamond, tennis courts, a playground and a splash pad. Both the Davisville Tennis Club and the North Toronto Baseball Association use the park facilities. Just south of Merton Street, walkers and joggers enjoy the Belt Line Nature Trail. For those seeking a quiet outdoor spot, the Al Green Sculpture Park on Balliol Street is an oasis of calm.
The village’s two shopping arteries are Yonge Street from St. Clair to Eglinton Avenues, and Mt. Pleasant Road between Davisville and Eglinton Avenues. Both provide ample opportunity to shop, dine and stroll. Foodies enjoy the Appletree Farmer’s Market, held every Tuesday between May and October on the west side of June Rowlands Park.
Young people flock to Davisville’s apartment towers for starter accommodation near the subway line. Local families come for the good schools and proximity to parkland. An abundance of condominium apartments makes the area attractive to downsizers and empty nesters. The village by the post office is now a neighbourhood of choice for all ages.
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