North York Home Neighborhoods: Don Valley Village and Henry Farm Neighbourhoods
These communities straddle the Don Valley and Highway 404 (the Don Valley Parkway). This is a very affordable community and is home to many new Canadians, including from China, Indian and the Middle East. The community began as a farming hamlet in the early 1800s, but was sub-divided and developed in the 1960s and 1970s. The community is home to Fairview Mall (one of the largest in Toronto) and North York General Hospital.
Henry Farm, nestled between Sheppard and the 401, is a small family-oriented neighbourhood. The community dates back to the 1806 homestead of Irish settler Henry Mulholland, who's great grandson George S. Henry served as Premier of Ontario from 1930 to 1934, while raising prize cattle on his farm here. He sold his farm to developers in 1958 for $2 million, and passed away the next day.
Motorists have ready access to the Don Valley Parkway via Sheppard and Finch Avenues, and can connect to Highway 401 to speed their way east or west. TTC bus routes along Steeles, Finch and Sheppard Avenues connect to stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The Sheppard Rapid Transit line runs along the south edge of the community, providing speedy access into downtown via the Yonge Street subway line. The north-south bus along Victoria Park Avenue connects passengers to stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
The community is served by 9 elementary schools, 2 Catholic elementary schools, and 4 high schools, 2 public libraries and Seneca College Newnham Campus is located in the community. York University is accessible by bus along Steeles Ave, and University of Toronto and Ryerson University are accessible va the Sheppard Rapid Transit connecting to the Yonge-University subway line
The community is well served by the large Fairview Mall (Sheppard Avenue & Don Mills Road) and at The Shops on Steeles and the 404 (north of Steeles).There are a number of small plazas up and down Don Mills Rd providing a lot of retail and dining selection, and on Sheppard west of Leslie are a number of big box stores and an IKEA.
The community has access to the Don Valley Parklands, west of Leslie, and kilometers of paved recreational pathways. The Oriole Community Resource Centre (on Don Mills Road) has a gym, an ice arena, a running track, and year-round (covered) tennis club. To the west of the community is the municipally-run Cummer Park Fitness Centre (Leslie, south of Steeles) with features squash and racquetball courts, an indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and gym. Other community parks and facilities include 2 indoor pools,. 1 ice arena, 2 running tracks, several ball diamonds, a toboggan hill ( at Havenbrook Park), and 6 tennis courts.
There is a multiplex cinema in the Fariview Mall, and a performance venue in the Fairview Library and Theatre popular with community arts groups. The library offers children's story time in English, Cantonese, Persian and Tamil.
Pioneer-era historical landmarks include the 1873 Zion Primitive Methodist Church (1650 Finch Avenue East), the 1869 Zion Schoolhouse (1091 Finch Avenue East), and the 1853 Alexander Muirhead farm house (179 Old Sheppard Street). There is also an archaeological site marking 600 year old Indian village i teh Don Valley, just south of the 401.
Most homes in Don Valley Village were built in the 1960s and 70s and include split-level, semi-detached, and single-family detached houses. There area also condominium townhouse and rental apartment buildings, along the main thoroughfares. The homes in Henry Farm were built in the late 1950s and 60s and many homes west of Don Mills Rd backing onto the Don River Valley. Homes in these communities are in the low to mid-priced ranges.