Overview of Don Mills
Neighbourhood landmarks include the picturesque Donalda Golf and Country Club, and scenic Edwards Gardens. The commercial/industrial sector of Don Mills serves as the head office for IBM Canada Ltd., Global Television Station, the Toronto Real Estate Board and many other prominent companies. The Town Square is flanked on one side by a magnificent water feature that twice every hour, erupts into a four-minute choreographed show. At the other end of the Town Square is an eye-popping clock tower that is actually a sculpture designed by famed Canadian artist and author Douglas Coupland. The symbols on this unique clock tower are models of houses that resemble those found in the Don Mills neighbourhood. In addition to great shops and restaurants a plethora of special community events and festivals are held at the Shops at Don Mills throughout the year.
History of Don Mills
The Don Mills name makes reference to the historic Don River, and several mills were operating in this part of the Don Valley during the 1800’s. The historic residences of pioneer miller William Gray are still in their original location overlooking the Don River on the Donalda Golf Club grounds. The Gray property was purchased in 1914 by David Dunlap. The Dunlap family established a prize winning “model farm” here in Don Mills. “Donalda” farm was visited by farming experts from around the world who came to inspect and marvel at its livestock and equipment. “Donalda” house was originally used as a sales office by the developers and now serves as the clubhouse for the Donalda Golf Club. Don Mills is recognized as the first planned, and fully integrated post-war community in North America. It is credited with laying out the blueprint for Toronto’s post-war suburban development and the building of contemporary neighbourhoods.
Homes in Don Mills
Don Mills is a popular family oriented neighbourhood that has a city-suburb feel with big lots, tree-lined streets and open air shopping malls. Convenient transit and access to the highway make this neighbourhood a popular choice for commuters. With so much to offer it is not surprising that Don Mills has a very active real estate market. To date in 2012, 77 houses and 47 condominium units have been sold. Ed Dolatabadi, Sales Representative at Royal Lepage Signature Realty reports that right now: “Don Mills is a balanced strong healthy market. It’s definitely is not a sellers’ market the way it used to be a while ago.” This may be good news for home buyers looking to get into the market. Maybe now is the time. If history is any indication the demand for Don Mills homes will always be strong.