Davisville Village is a young and lively neighbourhood in Midtown Toronto, a perfect blend of big-city amenities with a small town feel. Thanks to its ideal location and great public transportation access, it has become highly desirable for young professionals and families.
Davisville Village has been a growing Toronto, Ontario community for the last 20 years. It has long been known as a neighbourhood with a lot of apartment and condo housing. The array of new developments is a result of the fact that Davisville has become such a sought-after neighbourhood, leading to sustained rapid population growth in the area. In addition, well maintained quiet residential streets with beautiful mature trees and perfectly landscaped front yards compliment the bustling high-rise areas.
Davisville Village stretches from Yonge Street all the way to Bayview Avenue in the east. Eglinton Avenue marks the northern edge, and it is bordered in the south by the historic Mount Pleasant Cemetery and Merton Street.
Davisville Village seems to attract young people, who are out of school and searching for their first home. Its excellent nightlife and shopping are attractive to young professionals, and its excellent housing options are appealing to those raising a family. The neighbourhood is always bustling. Many people live and work in the area so there is sustained foot traffic throughout the day, especially on the major streets like Yonge and Mt. Pleasant. Davisville Village has an energy to it that many people enjoy. It is full of lively people, who take good care of their neighbourhood. Davisville Village is also large enough that it has divisions within itself. Mt. Pleasant is used as the dividing line, and the two parts of the neighbourhood are referred to as Mt. Pleasant West and Mt. Pleasant East.
You will find a wide variety of entertainment in Davisville. Excellent recreational facilities, running and biking trails and many parks are a big draw for young families.
When it comes to shopping or dining, you have your pick of the large commercial chains along Yonge Street, or local independent retailers on Mt. Pleasant and Bayview. Along Yonge Street you can find familiar destinations as the Famous Players Cinema, or the Keg Restaurant. These staples are very popular with the condo dwellers that live close to the major Yonge and Eglinton intersection.
Along Mt. Pleasant and Bayview you will find more independent retailers. Several antique shops and independent book and game stores can be found along Mt. Pleasant. For example, Mable’s Fables is an independent book store that hosts events like story time for children. Dining on Mt. Pleasant and Bayview offers a vast selection of cuisines. A few standouts include the Granite Brewery, a local brewpub which is found on the north end of Mount Pleasant. CopaCabana offers a Brazilian steakhouse experience on Eglinton. Finally, the Kamasutra Restaurant and Wine Bar offers upscale Indian cuisine on Bayview. The options in the neighbourhood include all types of food, price points and atmospheres.
The condominium towers near Yonge give the neighbourhood an accelerated pace of life. There are also several high and mid-rise condo towers along Eglinton, Mt. Pleasant and Bayview. Most often, these have street-level shopping concourses featuring major retailers, such as the Sobeys under the condo tower on Mount Pleasant. Houses in the area have mostly old brick architecture paying tribute to the neighbourhood’s history. However, in some parts of the neighbourhood you can see new construction popping up in the place of some of the old homes.
Whether you are east or west of Mount Pleasant, crime tends to be very low in Davisville Village. Crime in the area is among the lowest in the city, and by all measures this is a very safe neighbourhood to live in. There tend to be a few more incidents closer to busy Yonge Street, partly because of the heavier traffic, and partly because this is where most of the nightlife in the neighbourhood is centered.
A number of well-ranked schools accommodate the students within its borders. The Maurice Cody Public School, Sunnybrook School, Greenwood College School, Hodgson Senior Public School and Ridley Orchard School, are all located east of Mount Pleasant. To the west, the Eglinton Jr. Public School, the E.P.I.C. School, the Spectrum Alternative Senior School, and the Davisville Public School are found.
Excellent public transportation in Davisville Village allows its residents quick and affordable access to the rest of the city. For those who live close to Yonge Street, the subway is the most convenient means of transportation. The Eglinton subway stop is located at Yonge and Eglinton, and the Davisville stop at Yonge and Davisville. The rest of the neighbourhood is served by the TTC bus lines, which have very good service along Eglinton, Mt. Pleasant and Bayview.
Davisville Village is a desirable neighbourhood for families of all sizes. Smaller and younger families often take advantages of the more affordable condo buildings close to Yonge Street. Those with larger or affluent families choose the leafy tree-lined streets filled with beautifully renovated homes. A number of well-ranked schools and great family entertainment options are telling signs that many people are happily raising families in Davisville Village.