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The neighbourhood of Downsview in the district of North York, Ontario is one of Toronto’s largest communities. It is bordered by Highway 400 on the west and Allen Expressway on the east while Highway 401 bisects the neighborhood as it runs east to west. Proximity to these major roadways enhances the desirability of Downsview homes for sale especially for those who have to commute to downtown Toronto for school or work.
Buses operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) service local routes that connect to subway stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina line and the Bloor-Danforth line.
Homes for sale in Downsview are in the affordable to moderately-priced range. The housing inventory goes back to the 50s and 60s with some of the original post–World War II homes still standing. Low density housing in the form of detached or semi-detached homes situated on suburban-sized home sites with private drives are standard in Downsview. More expensive custom-built homes are located on residential streets that back greenbelts and parklands. For higher density housing, condominium complexes built fairly recently are available in the area closer to Downsview Station.
Public schools are run by the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Numerous secular and religious private schools broaden the choice of schools in Downsview.
Downsview homes for sale appeal to families with young children for many reasons. Aside from good schools, the area is also home to the 572-acres Downsview Park. Considered as Toronto’s most expansive recreational complex, the park is anchored by the monstrous Downsview Hangar, a World War II relic that has since been reconfigured into a 45,000 multipurpose entertainment and sports facility. Scenic trails wrap around the Downsview Dells Park and Black Creek Pioneer Village. The Downsview Arena is the community’s skating and ice hockey venue.
In addition, Downsview is also home to large shopping centres including the Yorkdale Shopping Centre, North York Sheridan Mall, Sheppard Plaza and the neighbourhood shopping district along Wilson Avenue on Bathurst Street.
Downsview was once an agricultural community until aircraft manufacturer de Havilland chose to locate in the area in the 1920s. The Canadian Air Force established a military base in Downsview in World War II. After the war, aircraft and military facilities were sold to Bombardier Aerospace, the third largest airplane manufacturer in the world.
Today, Downsview is a vibrant, multicultural neighbourhood with an interesting heritage.
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