Doncrest History:In the early 1800's, the one thousand acres of land bounded by Bayview Avenue to the west, Leslie Street to the east, Highway 7 to the south and Sixteenth Avenue to the north had five owners. The original Hamlet of Dollar with 1.5 acre lots at the corner of Leslie Street and Highway 7 was part of the 200 acres adjacent to the north side of Highway 7. The piece to the north of that was granted to King's College in 1828. Part of that tract ended up in the hands of David Leek. Berczy settler, Melchior Quantz took possession of the middle 200 acres. One of the Quantz homes still remains at 8763 Bayview Avenue in the commercial plaza on the east side at the intersection of Bayview Avenue and High Tech Road.
Today, much of the eastern portion of these five parcels of land have been consolidated into the Beaver Creek Business Park. Here, Leek Crescent is named after David Leek, one of the former owners. The lands to the west of Beaver Creek, now, form the community of Doncrest. Here, Doncrest Road, still, runs north and south with Doncrest Valley on the west side, but, it no longer connects to Highway 7.
The look of the community is enhanced with amenities such as Doncrest Valley and German Mills Creek, Kings College Park, Ed Sackfield Arena, David Hamilton Park and Phillips Park. Both Kings College Park and Phillips Park were named after two of the original Doncrest landowners. Those owners would, certainly, be pleased knowing that their homesteads help satisfy the recreational, physical and shopping needs of the residents of Doncrest.
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David Hamilton Park
Doncrest Real Estate: Fifty years ago, the homes of Doncrest were like many others in Richmond Hill. They were all different because they were built outside subdivision and architectural control, and the lots were larger in order to accomodate septic tank systems and wells for drinking water. When my grandmother lived on Briggs Avenue, the potholes on the street were never-ending. When it rained the holes got bigger, and cars could only crawl, slowly, along the street veering from one side to the other to avoid them. When the infrastructure was, finally, improved, land severance decisions at the Committee of Adjustment increased as home owners attempted to divide their properties, and, either, build new homes, or sell their newly created lots to builders.
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Today, the neighbourhood is one of newer homes of all types and sizes. Very few infill lots remain, and the homes are more standardized in each section of the community. Briggs Avenue is still a main entranceway off Bayview Avenue, but the new homes and unblemished pavement hide its history very well. Even, Doncrest Road has, only, a few lots with older homes waiting for a new beginning. The main street running north and south is Valleymede Drive, which provides easy access through the neighbourhood from Highway 7 in the south to Sixteenth Avenue in the north.
Stamp, R.M., Early Days in Richmond Hill, A History of the Community to 1930, Richmond Hill Public Library Board, 1991.
Price Range of Doncrest Homes: 2012
Schools In Doncrest:
Adrienne Clarkson P.S. (F.I.)
Thornlea S.S. (F.I.)
Christ the King C.E.S.
St. Robert C.H.S.
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