Davisville Village Properties and Neighbourhood Guide

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5 GLEBE RD E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

5 Glebe Rd E

Toronto, Ontario M4S 1N7

$1,725,000

1947 sqft Multi-Family 0 0

Davisville Village Neighbourhood Guide

Welcome to Davisville Village:

A midtown village with an Old Toronto vibe, Davisville is a family-friendly community with wide, tree-lined streets, excellent schools, good shopping and access to one of the largest green spaces in the city. Officially, the village is split into two distinct neighbourhoods – Mount Pleasant East and Mount Pleasant West – and Toronto Life has ranked both among the Top 10 neighbourhoods to call home. Still relatively affordable, the village offers great options for singles, couples and families of all sizes.

Highlight:

The peaceful Mount Pleasant Cemetery, offering 200 acres of leafy serenity, nature watching and miles of walking and running trails.

Neighbours:

Davisville Village sits directly above Mount Pleasant Cemetery. It’s bordered on the south by Moore Avenue and on the north by Hillsdale Avenue, and it runs from Yonge Street in the west to Bayview Avenue on the east. The average price of a single detached home is $1.5 million, while condominiums range from $235,000 to just over $1 million, averaging about $548,000.
Mount Pleasant East, which captures the area between Mount Pleasant Road and Bayview Avenue, is filled with single-family detached homes. Most who live here are over 30, and lots of the families have children. The average after-tax household income in Mount Pleasant East is just over $100,000. Mount Pleasant West runs in the opposite direction, from Mount Pleasant Road to Yonge Street. The vast majority of folks here are under 35 and live in high-rise condominiums and apartments. There are far fewer children in Mount Pleasant West, and the average after-tax income is just over $60,000.

What you'll fall in love with:

It seems strange to say, but locals quickly fall in love with the expansive, serene beauty of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Named a National Historic Site in 2000, this calm retreat offers miles upon miles of walking and running paths studded with fountains, statues, obelisks and mausoleums belonging to some of Canada’s most important founding families. Landscape gardener H.A. Englehardt designed the 200-acre then-rural cemetery in 1874, as a place for contemplation and recreation. It is now home to beautiful rare trees from around the world, countless bird species and peaceful resting places. It is a green gem in the heart of Toronto’s midtown.

House Style:

In the east, buyers will find detached, single-family homes built in the early 20th century, along with some older homes built in the late 1800s. In the west, you’ll find plenty of glitzy medium and high-rise condominiums.

Prices:

The average price of a single, detached home is $1.5 million, while condominiums range from $235,000 to just over $1 million, averaging about $548,000.

A little bit of history:

The story of Davisville Village begins in 1840, when an ambitious young teacher in Staffordshire, England, decided to join the Great Migration and move to the newly formed Province of Canada. John Davis was 27 years old when he arrived in the Town of York, and he worked as a bookkeeper for several years before purchasing some land on the corner of Yonge Street and Millwood Road. In 1845, Davis set up a pottery company, pulling clay from deposits on Eglinton Avenue and from a hollow on his own land. Davisville Pottery had three kilns and produced everything from sewer pipes to flower pots and dairy creamers. The pottery was a major employer in the area and continued to operate for 85 years, until 1931. The site where it last stood is now called Pottery Playground – a tiny, canopied children’s park on Merton Street.
Eventually, Davis’ Corners became known as Davisville, and John Davis became the postmaster; locals still visit his original post office building on the northeast corner of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue, which is now home to a Starbucks. Davis donated part of his land for the establishment of the first school, and also helped found the local Methodist Church. He had four sons, and all worked in his pottery; his youngest, Joseph, became mayor, and Davis men continued to run the post office here for three generations.
In addition to the post office and the site of the old pottery works, locals can still see where John Davis lived (66 Millwood Road) and where his son Joseph lived (26 Millwood Road). In the early 1900s, the Davis family sold much of their land, upon which developers later constructed many of the homes that still stand today.

Life Style:

There’s a reason that Davisville Village’s twin neighbourhoods rank so high in Toronto Life’s list of best neighbourhoods: everything you need is right at your door in this lush, accessible midtown community. With two subway stations – Davisville and Yonge-Eglinton – commuting into the downtown core for business and entertainment couldn’t be simpler. The area has fantastic, well-ranked schools and is still affordable, especially compared to other Old Toronto neighbourhoods.
Situated between thriving commercial districts on Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue, locals can shop, dine or enjoy an evening on the town, all within walking distance of home. Try the Flaming Stove, a tiny “express gourmet food” stand tucked into the back of a Hasty Market – locals love it. In an era when independent movie theatres are an endangered species, this neighbourhood has two: The Regent and the Mount Pleasant Theatre, both offering new and off-beat films. The kids in your life will love a trip to the Little Dollhouse Company or to Mabel’s Fables, an old-school children’s bookstore where a cat roams the aisles and clerks have been known to sit on the floor to ask children what they like to read. Follow it up with an ice cream at XO Gelato and you’ll be the best mom or dad ever.

Local Schools:

There are five schools in Davisville Village, including the well-ranked Maurice Cody Junior Public School, which received an 8.6/10 in the Fraser Institute’s 2015-16 review of Canadian schools. Davisville Junior Public School scored well, too, garnering an 8/10. The community is also home to Hodgson Senior Public School and the Spectrum Alternative Senior School.

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