Davenport Properties and Neighbourhood Guide

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Davenport Neighbourhood Guide

Welcome to Davenport

Quaint and a little out of the way, Davenport lies between central west Toronto and the uptown strip of St. Clair West that joins Corso Italia and Wychwood. A heavily industrial area in the late 20th century owing to the railway line running along the southern boundary, Davenport has become increasingly gentrified in the post-industrial era, taking on characteristics similar to the Annex. Primarily a quiet, residential area, Davenport also contains a decent roundup of bars, cafés and cultural points of interest to explore. A short bus ride from the Bloor line, Davenport’s central location and low-key vibe make it attractive for families or anyone looking for a mellow place to put down roots.

The lifestyle:

While the area is ruled by a decidedly industrial aesthetic (there are just a few narrow strips of green here and there), Davenport has an undeniably warm and inviting atmosphere. The transformation of many warehouses, especially on Geary Street, into art studios and rehearsal spaces has brought in a wave of artists and musicians, and a few charming watering holes and trendy espresso bars have sprung up as well. For groceries, there is a 24-hour Sobeys at Dupont and Ossington, or the Loblaws at Christie; you could also dip down to the independently run Fiesta Farms, a few blocks south of Dupont on Christie Street.

What you’ll fall in love with:

The casual observer may find this area a bit drab, but there is a distinct Toronto aesthetic that is beautiful to locals. At Blood Brothers Brewing you can take home some of the best beer in the city, or spend the night playing pinball and dining on thin-crust pizza at The Greater Good bar and pizzeria. The Gem Bar & Grill is a retro, vinyl-spinning watering hole with a little patio that comes alive in the summer months; it has the appeal of a neighbourhood bar that’s been open for as long as anyone can remember.
Dark Horse Espresso has opened up a bakery, where you can grab a delicious cappuccino, cookie or croissant and relax with a book. Action Potential Lab is a very cool community centre that hosts science and art workshops for kids and adults alike; summon your inner Picasso or Einstein and expand your horizons. While there are plenty of great cafés and restaurants in the neighbourhood, there’s not much in the way of retail. If you’re looking to do serious shopping, you’ll want to head down to Ossington, Queen West or the Eaton Centre.

Neighbours:

The neighbourhood of Davenport stretches from Bathurst in the east, and across to Lansdowne in  the west, between Davenport Road and the CN rail line. A longstanding working-class neighbourhood owing to the high number of factories from previous decades, Davenport is home to many Italian, Vietnamese and Portuguese families who have made proud homes from modest houses. Gentrification has brought sleek townhouses and wealthy professionals to the neighbourhood, too, but there remains a stretch from Christie to Shaw that hosts co-op and low-income housing and accommodations for senior citizens as well. Davenport, like many central-west neighbourhoods, is a diverse cultural and socio-economic mix.

House style:

The majority of properties available in Davenport are condo townhouses – often on the sites of former factories and warehouses. Freehold properties are predominantly semi-detached units with the occasional detached home, and there are a few classic townhouses as well. Architecturally, Davenport is a blend of English Cottage, Edwardian and Tudor-style homes with fantastic curb appeal. Houses tend to be slightly more affordable than homes to the east near Casa Loma.

Prices:

The average price of a home in Davenport is about $805,000, though some of the larger, fully detached houses on side streets can sell for up to $2 million. The average price for a condo is $636,000. The average cost to rent a home is $3,160 per month.

Local schools:

Slightly north of Davenport between Ossington and Dufferin, you’ll find Winona Drive Senior Public School, as well as Oakwood Collegiate Institute. The latter provides many specialized programs, including extended French, and high-skills majors in arts and culture as well as sports, plus programs for individuals with learning disabilities. You’ll also find The Japanese School of Toronto in Davenport, and several other Catholic and junior schools.

The commute:

Buses run along all the major north/south streets if you need to get to the Bloor line for your commute. By TTC, it should take 30 minutes to reach Union Station. Bike lanes along Davenport make it easy to ride east or west, with Davenport careening south towards downtown east of Spadina. The drive to Union will take you 20 minutes in good traffic, straight down Avenue Road to University.

A little bit of history:

Davenport Road traces a path historically used as a portaging route by First Nations tribes and the French-Canadian voyageurs. In the early 19th century, Davenport was subdivided into farmlands, and an early settler – ensign John McGill – named his home Davenport based upon the French word dauen-port:  the town on the trickling stream.

Downside:

We’re a little stuck to find a downside!

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