Ellen Hanbidge

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Playter Estates is a small neighbourhood in the east end of Toronto, at Broadview. It is bounded by Jackman Avenue to the east, Don Valley River to the west, Danforth Avenue to the south and Fulton Ave to the north. It is built on farmland land originally owned by the Playter Family. Their farmhouse still stands at 28 Playter Crescent, now known as the Playter Mansion. Many of the neighbourhood street were named after Playter family members. The neighbourhood also has historic ties with the Greek community and has become a sought after neighbourhood by business professionals and artists alike. It is said that Rick Mercer, of the CBC comedy fame, calls Playter Estates his home - See more here.

Real Estate in Playter Estates:

This is a neighbourhood that has seen prices rise dramatically over the past 20 years. Playter Estates has a rich history with many desirable attributes including many beautiful heritage homes on winding leafy streets. Bordered by Broadview and The Danforth, Playter Estates has been able to be it’s own little paradise, just minutes walk from The Danforth. Many houses are luxury detached but you are able to find some semi-detached homes in this area as well. Lots tend to be a decent size and as close as it is to the Danforth, the area still manages to keep it’s quiet quaint neighbourhood feel. Most of the homes are of Edwardian and Victorian decent. Some say that Playter Estates almost has a Rosedale feel without the prices that come with living in Rosedale. - See more here.

Shopping in Playter Estates:

A block or two walk from the heart of Playter Estates and you have entered one of Toronto’s best shopping areas on The Danforth. Here there are boutiques, shops and restaurants on every block. Whether it is the local fruit market, butcher or specialty cheese boutique you have very little to travel for even the fussiest gourmet. The Carrot Common complex draws Torontonian from around the city to shop for natural products and health foods. You still have a few of the big brand stores but mostly there are ma and pa shops, some from the days when this area was substantially Greek in population. There is a good variety of Restaurants and of course the best Greek food in the city. Sandwiched by two subway stations, there is no real need for a car in this neighbourhood. - See more here.

Why Live in Playter Estates?

Playter Estates is a family oriented neighbourhood.The French Immersion public school for Playter Estates is considered one of the best in the city. The tree lined streets make up for the lack of a park north of the Danforth, but just south are two of Toronto's larger park; Riverdale Park to the west and Withrow Park to the east. Certainly, one of the telltales signs of a strong neighbourhood is the fact that once people move into this area, they never want to leave. Inventory of homes on the market is very small in Playter Estates because the residents fall in love with the community and neighbourhood and easy proximity to downtown.

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Level School Name Website Ranking
Elementary Jackman Avenue PS site rank
Secondary Monarch Park site rank
Catholic Holy Name site rank