Dahisar was originally a part of Thane District, it became a part of Mumbai in the 1960s. With the construction of the railway line connecting Dahisar to the city of Mumbai over a century ago, came the first lot of migrants, the people from Sindhudurg region of Konkan. These migrants established the first planned residential areas of Dahisar - Maratha Colony in Dahisar East and Mhatre Wadi in the West. The Railway authorities wanted to name the rail head at Dahisar as Mount Poinsur Road, but the locals opposed this move and forced the authorities to name it as Dahisar.
The 80s and 90s saw a spurt in the development of residential complexes. Anand Nagar was the first of the very large residential complexes to be built in Dahisar.
Medina Manzil, Patel Colony, Jainab Bagh, Sanjeevani and Gol Building were amongst the first building style residential areas of Dahisar. The 70s saw the setting up of residential areas of Gokul and Shailendra Nagar.
There are many temples in Dahisar. The main temples are Bhatladevi, Bhav Devi Mandir, Gaon Devi Mandir, Vithal Mandir, Sri Datta Mandir, Sri Krishna Mandir, Khodiyar Mandir, Radhakrishan Mandir, Vital-Rukhmai Mandir, Sri Krishna's Haweli (Vaishnava's), Swami Narayan's Mandir, Sri Shantinaath Dada Jain Mandir, Sai Baba Temple (Gaonthan) and Sairam Temple Padmavilla Kiran Joshi House. These are main and the most famous temples in Dahisar.
There is a new Garden for kids and senior citizens to jog around. There is newly posted statue of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. There is also a new constructions on of Flyover Bridge for passing the vehicles from link road directly connecting to the National Highway No. 8 near Checknaka.