Playter Estates Properties and Neighbourhood Guide

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Playter Estates Neighbourhood Guide

Welcome to Playter Estates:

Barely five blocks across, Playter Estates is a cozy, exclusive borough that lures the city’s most discerning buyers, partly because the homes are so grand, and partly because the schools are so good. Depending on your mood, you can escape into the Don Valley’s lush trail system or slip into The Danforth’s many eclectic shops and acclaimed restaurants. A tight-knit neighbourhood filled with engaged, affluent families, it’s a perfect option for those seeking a small-town feeling with all the amenities of the big city.

A little bit of history:

This history of Playter Estates dates back to 1793, when George Henry Playter arrived in the Town of York and was granted 2000 acres of land that stretched across both sides of the Don River. The land was passed down through generations of Playters and in the mid-1870s his great-grandson, John Lea Playter, built a farmhouse on the land. That farmhouse still stands at 28 Playter Cres., though it has undergone extensive (and controversial) renovations. A short time later, the family subdivided the land, which paved the way for the current subdivision to be built.

House Style:

Stately Victorian and Edwardian homes, detached and semi-detached.


The average house price hovers around $1.1 million in Playter Estates.

The commute:

It takes about 15 minutes to drive to the downtown core from Playter Estates, and a bike ride through the Don River Valley will take about twice as long. The Broadview subway station is right in Playter Estates, and the TTC will get you to Union Station in about 30 minutes as well. Travel to Yonge and Bloor is much faster: 10 minutes by car or transit, and just 15 minutes by bike.

Local Schools:

There is just one elementary school in Playter Estates, Jackman Avenue, which received a 7.9/10 in the 2015-16 Fraser Institute’s annual review of Canadian schools. The closest alternatives are Frankland Community (7.1/10) and Holy Name Catholic. The local secondary school is Eastern Commerce Collegiate.


Playter Estates is bordered by the Don Valley on the west and Jackman Avenue on the east, and by Fulton Avenue on the north and the vibrant Danforth Avenue on the south. It is a well-rounded family neighbourhood, with a good number residents from all generations. The neighbourhood is made up almost entirely of detached and semi-detached homes, and the average home price hovers around $1.1 million. The average after-tax income in the neighbourhood is about $81,000, making this a solid, middle-class neighbourhood – for now.


Locals love the Don River Valley, and the promise of an extraordinary new Don River Valley Park.

Life Style:

Playter Estates captures a little bit of the hipster vibe from its southern neighbours, and also makes good on its reputation as “Rosedale east.” The unofficial hub of the community is the Carrot Common, a collection of natural and health-conscious stores anchored by The Big Carrot, a cooperative, worker-owned natural food market established in 1983. Locals also come here to shop at the 100-Mile Child, which offers handcrafted toys and natural-fibre clothes, and Gifts from the Earth, a store that sells crystals, spiritual items and jewellery made by local artists.

At the same time, neighbourhood residents take great pride in their stately turn-of-the-century homes, surrounded by towering trees and calm, winding streets evoke the Old Toronto grandeur of neighbourhoods like Rosedale and Summerville. Many move here so their kids can attend the well-ranked Jackman Avenue Public School.

No review of Playter Estates would be complete without mention of the fact that it sits atop one of the most colourful streets in the city, The Danforth, famed for its annual Taste of the Danforth festival. Canada’s largest street festival, it welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors over three days and two nights. Originally started as a series of “tasting tables” by Greek restaurateurs, the festival now embraces the muliticultural flavours of the city and offers live music and free events for children. Of course, Playter Estate residents can enjoy the tastes of the Danforth any day of the year.

What you'll fall in love with:

Locals already love hopping onto the Lower Don River Trail for a walk or bike ride in Toronto’s beautiful valley, but they will no doubt love it even more when the city makes good on its extraordinary promise to build the new Don River Valley Park. The development of this transformative 500-acre green space will establish a vast “natural zone” of parkland right in Playter Estates’ backyard, and this will flow into a more structured “park zone” as the trails get closer to Lake Ontario, and finally into an “urban zone” right on the water. This remarkable plan proposes a marquee crossing from the Evergreen Brick Works to the east side of the river using the trestle rail bridge, right near Playter Estates. They may even plant an orchard. It’s a bicycle commuter’s dream come true, and growing families will love it.

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