One of the most popular Toronto neighbourhoods for young families is Davisville Village. It's a community where neighbours shovel each other's sidewalks in the winter and store owners greet you by name. Running south from Eglinton Avenue, this part of town benefits from excellent schools, parks and playgrounds, and a wide range of interesting shopping and tempting restaurants.
Davisville Village is named after John Davis, a potter from Staffordshire, England. He was the area's first postmaster and was instrumental in setting up Davisville Public School.
Most of the homes in Davisville Village were built in the 1920s and 1930s. Those west of Mount Pleasant Road tend to be larger detached properties, including some small apartment buildings and duplexes. East of Mount Pleasant the original homes were smaller detached properties and semi detached. In recent years, many homes have been renovated and enlarged; a few have been completely redeveloped. There have also been several high rise developments, west of Mount Pleasant and closer to Yonge Street.
June Rowlands Park, at the corner of Davisville and Mount Pleasant, is the central neighbourhood park and features a ball diamond, six tennis courts, a volleyball court, splash pad and children's playground. A little further north there are two major parks, Sherwood Park and Sunny Brook Park, both part of Toronto's extensive ravine park system. They are well treed and have extensive walking and bike trails.
One of the best features of the neighbourhood is the shopping along Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant Road and Bayview Avenue. Many of the stores are geared towards children, reflecting the demographics of this neighbourhood. The area is also know for its antique shops, speciality stores and neighbourhood pubs and restaurants that attract clientele from all over the city.
The area is well served by public transit, all connecting into the Yonge subway line at Eglinton and Davisville stations. Downtown is just a short drive away.