The neighbourhood was first inhabited by John Davis who emigrated to the area from Staffordshire, England in 1840. He helped found the public school and was the area's first postmaster. In addition, he also operated the Davis Pottery which was originally located on Davisville Avenue and was the area's largest employer. The Pottery and the once ever-present wood and paper mills no longer exist but at the North-East corner of Yonge and Davisville, the building that once housed the Davisville Post Office still stands today.
Homes in Mount Pleasant East and Mount Plesant West are built primarily in the 1920s and 1930s, the houses west of Mount Pleasant are mostly large two and three-storey examples of the Edwardian and English Cottage style with a portion of duplexes and walk-up apartment buildings here and there. East of Mount Pleasant Road, one finds smaller detached houses, semi-detached and bungalows. This side of Mount Pleasant also contains some historical homes from the 1800s along with some newer custom-built designs. Most of these homes have been re-done but it is not uncommon to find the original hardwood floors and baseboards. The Edwardian style homes are particularly popular for signature porches that are perfect for watching the comings and goings of the street in the summer months.
Formerly Davisville Park, June Rowlands Park has a playground and wading pool perfect for young families. There's room for the dog to run around and the six tennis courts are home to the Davisville Tennis Club. Leagues of both children and adult teams enjoy the use of the baseball diamond. A noteworthy school in the area is Maurice Cody that has a tradition of holding a Spring Fair every May. Many day-cares can be found around the area of Mount Pleasant and Eglinton. The area is central to three popular high schools in the city: North Toronto, Northern Secondary and Leaside and there are numerous public schools, including Hodgson and Eglinton Junior.
As mentioned above, Mount Pleasant is a main artery in the area as well as a great strip for shopping. Among the usual examples of coffee shops and convenience stores, clothing and accessory stores; it also has large concentration of stores that specialise in antiques and collectibles. There's also the mighty Yonge Street with it's mix of both necessities like supermarkets and electronics stores to interesting and quirky gift shops and fine elegant dining from sushi to rustic Italian.