Davenport is a neighbourhood northwest of downtown Toronto, north of the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks and Dupont Avenue and south of Davenport Road and the ridge that is the former Lake Iroquois coastline. Its eastern boundary is Bathurst Street and it stretches west to Lansdowne Avenue.
Davenport is rich in history as well as beautiful homes and real estate. This little neighbourhood which became established in 1909, can trace its heritage to thousands of years before this date. Davenport Road follows the centuries-old trail used by the First Nations peoples to travel the route south of the ridge. It was also used as an important route by the early European settlers to the region.
The area that is now called Davenport became home to small farms in the early nineteenth century. One of the first settlers was Ensign John McGill, who built a home he named Davenport in 1797. This was named after Major Davenport, another local officer, and is the origin of the area’s name (the name Davenport is of Norman French origin: Dauen-port meaning “the town on the trickling stream”).
In 1861 the Northern Railway ran a rail line to the south of Davenport Road and built a station in the area which they named Davenport. A small village, also named Davenport, grew up around the station. In 1889 the village merged with the nearby villages of Carleton and West Toronto Junction to form the town of Toronto Junction. In 1909 this was annexed by the City of Toronto itself.
Like the rest of the area known as The Junction in the early twentieth century, the presence of the railway lead to the industrialization of the area and many small plants and factories were set up in the area along the tracks. The residential areas to the north became home to the working class population the worked there, especially Italian-Canadians, who dominated the neighbourhood and created the nearby Corso Italia by the 1950s.
It today remains home to many Italian and Portuguese residents, but since the departure of most of the factories in the 1970s and 1980s the area has been somewhat gentrified, taking on some of the characteristics of nearby areas like the Annex. New townhouse developments have been built in the area replacing former factories and warehouses.
Davenport has many schools, parks, and family recreation facilities available to its residents, making this a great place to raise children and live in a family-centreed community. Many parks are within walking distances and Davenport has a wonderful recreational facility that offers many activities for the active person to enjoy. Davenport is just minutes away from downtown Toronto and seconds from Corso Italia, making it easy to commute to shopping, work, and entertainment. With many bus systems available as well, it makes it easy for the Toronto commuter to make this an affordable place to live.
This wonderful community offers not only a feel of a small town with a great historical past but offers a great place for people to live. Davenport real estate is affordable as the average home price starts around $350,000 - and with many schools and parks, Davenport is a place to consider if you have a family. Also, with the benefit of living within 10 minutes of downtown, you will find that it offers an easy trip to the downtown core as well.
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