Toronto Home Neighborhoods: Davenport Neighbourhood
This community of modest homes lies south of Davenport Road, which extends from Bathurst west to Dufferin. Davenport Road was once a First Nations foot path between the Humber and Don Rivers, and was used by early French fur traders in the 1600s. The first settlers included John McGill, who named his house 'Davenport' (before street numbers), which gave the neighbourhood its name. It was a farming area until the Northern Railway built a line in 1861 just south of the community, attracting industry and workers to Davenport Village. In 1909, Davenport was annexed by the City of Toronto, which caused residential development to begin shortly. Today, the community has the TTC Hillcrest bus barns in the east buffering it from Bathurst.
Motorists are 15 minutes from downtown via Bathurst or Spadina, and not far from the Allen Expressway and Toronto's major highways. TTC bus riders can head east on Davenport or Dupont to the Dupont station (Yonge-University-Spadina subway line), or on Christie to the St Clair West station (Yonge-University-Spadina subway line), or head south on Bathurst or Spadina to the Bloor-Danforth subway line)
The community is served by 2 elementary schools, 1 Catholic elementary school, 1 public high schools, and 1 public library. De La Salle College is on Avenue Road at Farnham, George Brown College is just south of Davenport, St Michael's College is nearby at Bathurst & St Clair. University of Toronto and Ryerson University are accessed via the Yonge-University-Spadina subway.
There are small convenience stores in the neighbourhood, a grocery store at Christie & Dupont, and the Galleria Mall (Dupont Street & Dufferin).
Hillcrest Park (Davenport Road & Christie Street) , has great city skyline view, four tennis courts, a children's playground and wading pool. The community is near the Wallace Emerson Community Centre (Dupont at Dufferin),which has an indoor pool, a gym, 4 tennis courts (which are a winter time ice rink), 1 basketball court, 3 bocce lanes. The community has several other parks with playgrounds, summer wading pools, and tennis courts.
Davenport has many Victorian style homes dating to 1900 and 1930, though some older homes are being replaced by new semi-detached homes. There are some high-rises along Christie Street and some townhouses between Christie and Shaw Streets, as well as some seniors housing. Homes her are in the low to low-medium price ranges.
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