The Graydon neighbourhood is built on a high plateau of land that’s part of the wondrous hills and dales produced by the natural contours of the Don River Valley. The hilly terrain that forms the western reaches of this neighbourhood overlooks the picturesque Donalda Golf Course. The east boundary of this neighbourhood is bordered by the Don Valley Parkway.
Middle income families occupy the houses on the crest of the hill at the southern half of this neighbourhood. The flats at the north end of this neighbourhood, off of Graydon Hall Drive are tenanted by lower income families, many of whom have recently emigrated to Canada.
Graydon’s initial landowners were the Duncan family who place down roots in this area throughout the mid 1800’s. Henry Duncan the family patriarch was elected to the York Township Council in 1870 and served as the City Reeve for a number of years. It was Henry’s son David who farmed the land where the Graydon neighbourhood is currently located.
David Duncan was a well known dairy farmer and breeder of Jersey cattle. His gingerbread style farmhouse, called “Moatfield” was designed in 1865. It was moved to its current location at 125 Moatfield Drive in the 1970’s when this day neighbourhood was being developed.
The different historic house in this neighbourhood is Graydon Hall from that this neighbourhood derives its name. Graydon Hall is located at 185 Graydon Hall Drive. This English Manor vogue house was designed in 1936 by financier Henry Rupert Bain. It’s quite doubtless Graydon Hall was named when the “Gray” family who from the 1830’s till 1914, operated a grist mill on the banks of the “Don” River where the Donalda Golf Course is located these days.
Graydon’s winding streets and culs-de-sac are well treed and contain a large combination of housing, that was designed within the 1970’s. Viewing this neighbourhood from Don Mills Road the houses appear as if they’re wrapped round the hillside. Front and back porch balconies are common features of these houses, designed to require advantage of the magnificent views and luxurious greenery within the valley below.
Graydon Hall Drive and Fenelon Drive are ringed with high-rise rental apartment buildings. The solely condominium apartment house is at number 75 Graydon Hall Drive.
Neighbourhood residents are a short drive from the Parkwoods Village Shopping Centre, located at 1277 York Mills Road. The mix of stores here includes food shops, a flower and fruit market, a bakery, a hairstylist , a dry cleaner, pharmacy, video, discount and dollar stores, a shoe repair shop, a bank, restaurants and professional offices.
The Don Mills Shopping Centre, located at the intersection of Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue, includes approximately one hundred and fifty retailers. This centre is anchored by a large department store, a national retailer, and a full service store.
Graydon Park provides a giant island of space at the summit of this neighbourhood above Graydon Hall Drive. This park options tennis courts and a kids’s playground. The Graydon Hall Manor Club is accessed from the courtyard of Graydon Hall Manor. Admission to this club is free for tenants in a number of the native buildings. Facilities embody a massive swimming pool, an exercise room and a sauna.
The Duncan Mill, Spinney, and Silverdale greenbelts, located on the periphery of this neighbourhood, feature scenic trails that are enjoyed by walkers, joggers and cyclists.
Bus service runs along Graydon Hall Drive and York Mills Road, connecting passengers to the York Mills station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The Don Mills Road bus connects passengers to the Pape station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
On-ramps to the Don Valley Parkway are located at the south finish of this neighbourhood along York Mills Road. Motorists travelling south on the Don Valley Parkway can get to downtown Toronto in approximately twenty minutes. The Don Valley Parkway north is right for commuters travelling outside town as well as providing a quick link to Highway 401.