Overview of Playter Estates
Playter Estates is an exclusive enclave of homes located just east of the Don Valley. This neighbourhood has many desirable features including beautiful homes, a first-class shopping district on Danforth Avenue, and convenient access to Toronto’s transit system.
History of Playter Estates
Playter Estates is named after the Playter family who held the original land grants on both sides of the Don River near Bloor Street. Captain George Playter, the patriarch of the family, was an United Empire Loyalist who emigrated to Canada from Pennsylvania in the 1790’s. George’s son James Playter, owned the land where Playter Estates is today. However, it was James’ eldest brother John who actually settled on this land. John’s grandson, John Lea Playter, erected the Playter Homestead at 28 Playter Crescent in the mid 1870’s. This charming brick home is still owned by members of the Playter family. The property around the homestead was used for farmland up until 1912, when the current neighbourhood was developed.
Homes in Playter Estates
Playter Estates is comprised of large detached and semi-detached Edwardian and Victorian style homes built mostly between 1912 and 1930. The size and style of these homes are fairly uniform however, each house has its own decorative accents ranging from slate roofs and fish scale shingles to stone gates and whimsical front porches.
Schools in Playter Estates
- (P) Jackman Avenue Jr., 79 Jackman Avenue, (416) 393-9710
- (P) Earl Grey Sr., 100 Strathcona Avenue, (416) 393-9545
- (PH) Rosedale Heights Secondary School, 711 Bloor Street East, (416) 393-1580
- (PH) Riverdale Collegiate Institute, 1094 Gerrard Street East, (416) 393-9820
- (CA) Holy Name, 690 Carlaw Avenue, (416) 393-5215