Some Toronto neighbourhoods simply fell into place, with developments over time contributing to the modern character of the area. This couldn’t be less true for Don Mills, the large neighbourhood that reaches from Eglinton Avenue East to York Mills Road, and from the Don Valley Parkway to the ravine system west of Leslie.
Rather, every aspect of Don Mills was planned to a tee, down to the materials that could be used when constructing new buildings. In addition, specific plots of land were only allowed to be used for particular purposes. And while these regulations might seem overbearing, they also worked wonders on the new neighbourhood. The modernist architecture found throughout Don Mills gives the area a unified feel, while winding streets and pedestrian pathways contribute to the neighbourhood’s unruffled ambiance.
The redevelopment of Don Mills had a bit of a late start: it was only overhauled after the end of World War II. What’s more, in the 1950s Don Mills was still home to a number of farms. And while the area had become quite urban decades before, Don Mills only became part of Toronto — technically speaking — after the 1998 amalgamation of six municipalities into one megacity.
Thanks to its careful planning, Don Mills condos for rent are just a small portion of the buildings that occupy the area. The mixed-use neighbourhood serves a variety of purposes: it’s part industrial, part commercial, and part residential.
Speaking of commercial, anyone in need of some retail therapy can head straight to the CF Shops at Don Mills. Once an indoor shopping mall, the current outdoor shopping centre was redesigned back in 2009. After shoppers decide they can shop no more, they can fuel up at one of the mall’s many restaurants, such as Fabbrica or Bier Markt. Thanks to these eateries, as well as the Cineplex VIP Cinemas, the Shops at Don Mills stays lively well into the night.
As for grocery shopping, provisions can be found at the enormous Real Canadian Superstore at Don Mills and Eglinton, or McEwan and Metro, both of which are situated inside the Shops at Don Mills. Home chefs in search of ingredients that are a little more exotic can also try the Galleria Supermarket at York Mills and Don Mills. This Korean store is also a great place to stock up on frozen dumplings and prepared foods that can’t be found in a typical supermarket.
Don Mills condos for rent shouldn’t be too hard to find, thanks to the large number of residential buildings in the neighbourhood. Most of these, however, are situated to the south, near Lawrence Avenue East and Eglinton Avenue East.
Don Mills’ North York locale means there’s plenty of green space to go around, and renters who want to take advantage of this fact have many options. The Savoy at Camelot Condos and the Red Hot Condos, for example, both sit right beside Moccasin Trail Park. Other buildings back onto Edwards Botanical Gardens, such as Auberge on the Park and The Edwardian Condos.
Luckily for those who love to shop, there are plenty of condos located within close reach of the Shops at Don Mills. Living at the Flaire Condos, Rodeo Drive Condos, or the Reflections Residences at Don Mills means never having to start a shopping day by fighting to finding a parking spot.
Thanks to the major arterial roads and highways that run through Don Mills, it’s easy to reach other neighbourhoods in a hurry. Having the Don Valley Parkway so close at hand makes life particularly easy for residents of Don Mills. This highway runs north toward the 401 before turning into the 404, and it also carries cars straight into downtown Toronto and onto the Gardiner Expressway. And between York Mills, Don Mills, Leslie, Lawrence, and Eglinton, drivers can also reach nearby destinations without having to use the highway.
Those who prefer to use public transit to get around are also in luck. Buses make their way along each of the aforementioned arterial roads, allowing Don Mills residents to move about the area with ease. Anyone hoping to reach the subway can hop on a bus moving west along Eglinton, Lawrence, or York Mills, and in no time they’ll find themselves at a station on the Yonge Line. Last but not least, the Sheppard subway line is also accessible via a northbound ride on the Don Mills bus.
The Locals: Those who can’t quite decide if they prefer the city or the country.
Code of Conduct: Residents can achieve the perfect balance by shopping ‘til they drop on Saturday and spending time getting in touch with nature the following day.
What You’ll Find: A breath of fresh air.
What You Won’t Find: Tiny one-way streets.
The Homes: Condos that sit next to shopping malls and botanical gardens.
Sealing the Deal: The CF Shops at Don Mills.