Whereas Yorkdale is best known for its namesake shopping centre, Downsview’s pièce de résistance is none other than Downsview Park. Formerly a military base, Downsview Park is — oddly enough — home to an array of private businesses, including Fresh City Farms and the Warehouse Venue. More fittingly, the park also contains a number of sports venues.
The name Scotiabank Pond is misleading, as this facility consists of more than just a pond: it’s an arena with four NHL-sized hockey rinks. Nearby (and also within the same park) is a multi-sports complex where those in search of a challenge can take a class at the Toronto School of Circus Arts, spend an afternoon rock climbing at True North Climbing, shoot some hoops at HoopDome, or partake in some indoor go karting at GPK. And as for those who prefer to get their exercise out on the green, the Oakdale Golf and Country Club is also situated in the Downsview neighbourhood.
This enormous neighbourhood covers quite a lot of ground in North York, stretching from Sheppard Avenue West to the 401, and spread out between the Allen Road and the 400. Between all this land, the numerous highways, and plenty of public schools, residential streets, and strip malls, Downsview feels more than just slightly suburban.
Speaking of suburbia, purchasing a condo for sale in Downsview also means that Costco will never be too far away. With only a handful of locations spread out throughout the city, living close to a Costco truly is a treat. And while they’re at it, those making the short trip over to Dufferin and Wilson can also stock up on goodies at other big-box stores, like Michaels, Best Buy, and Home Depot.
When it comes time to grocery shop, residents can head to the Metro at Keele and Wilson, or alternatively Food Basics or No Frills at Jane and Wilson. The latter intersection is also home to a number of specialty grocery stores, such as Afro Caribbean Foods and Blue Sky Supermarket.
Last but not least, Downsview wouldn’t feel as suburban as it does without the impressive amount of green space situated within the neighbourhood. Condos for sale in Downsview — no matter what part of the neighbourhood they’re found in — are always within close reach of public spaces including Chalkfarm Park, Heathrow Park, Giovanni Caboto Park, Roding Park.
With less than 20 buildings in the entire neighbourhood, finding the perfect condo for sale in Downsview can often be trickier than it sounds. Those seeking soaring towers will simply have to look elsewhere, as townhomes and mid-rise condos are the norm in Downsview.
Prospective buyers interested in the feel of a home, without all the responsibility associated home ownership, can look no further than the townhouses at Independence Way. With 244 units in total, the turnover rate here is much higher than in other townhouse complexes. Relatively new to the scene, on the other hand, is the Yorkdale Village Townhomes. Built 2017, the complex contains 99 units, the largest of which span 1,400 square feet.
As for those who are seeking a home for a large family, there’s no better condo in Downsview than the Oakdale Village in North York. Not only is this building ideal for those who plan to spend lots of time on the golf course (it’s right next door to Oakdale Golf and Country Club), but units span up to an impressive 3,500 square feet.
More conventional, contemporary condos do exist in Downsview, even if they are hard to come by. The 2800 Condos at 2800 Keele contains 214 units, plus amenities like a yoga studio, rooftop terrace, and communal barbecues. Additionally, the Ion Condos, built in 2015, boasts 200 units plus enviable amenities like guest suites and a movie theatre.
Before prospective buyers make a decision about a Downsview condo for sale based on the idea that there’s an airport in the neighbourhood, they better think again. Downsview Airport is certainly situated in Downsview, however this is a private airport owned by Bombardier Aerospace, and used exclusively as a space to test its vehicles. Thankfully, though, Pearson International Airport isn’t too far off: when traffic cooperates, those living in the west end of the Downsview neighbourhood can reach the airport in just 10 minutes.
Travelling around the city is easy for residents of Downsview, whether one has access to a car or not. That said, drivers living in the neighbourhood will make good use of the Allen Road, the 401, and the 400. As for those who use public transit to get around, passengers can reach the downtown core in no time by hopping onto a southbound train at Sheppard West Subway Station (formerly Downsview Station). Residents living too far from the subway to walk can also hop onto the Sheppard bus to reach the station, or they can use the Keele and Jane buses to ride south toward the city centre.
The Locals: Suburban urbanites.
Code of Conduct : While traveling via the Downsview Airport isn’t possible for the average Torontonian, watching planes take off and land is an activity that can be enjoyed by just about anyone.
What You’ll Find: Tons and tons of green space.
What You Won’t Find: The trendiest restaurants in the city.
The Homes: Townhouse complexes both small and large, plus humbly-sized condos.
Sealing the Deal: The fresh air.