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.
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.
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 is 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 THE PLAYTER ESTATES AREA
(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
(P) Public School (PH) Public High School (CA) Catholic School (PR) Private School (PC) Private Catholic School (PJ) Private Jewish School (C) College (U) University
LIFESTYLE IN PLAYTER ESTATES
An appealing aspect of living in Playter Estates is its easy access to the excellent shopping on Danforth Avenue. Here you will find everything from fashion boutiques and wine making shops to gourmet coffee shops and the best selection of Greek restaurants in the city.
The Carrot Common on the Danforth at Jackman Avenue features many stores with a nature or health theme. Carrot Common’s anchor store is the Big Carrot – a natural food market that attracts shoppers from all over the city.
RECREATION IN PLAYTER ESTATES
Riverdale Park East, located south of the Danforth, is one of Toronto’s largest parks. This parks recreation facilities include seven tennis courts, an artificial ice rink, sports fields, a swimming pool, and a walking/running track.
Riverdale Park also provides access to the Don Valley Ravine. This ravine includes a bicycle trail that runs south through the city along the west side of the Don River, where it connects to the Martin Goodman Trail along the waterfront.
Pape/Danforth is the closest public library. It offers a variety of children’s programs.
TRANSPORTATION IN PLAYTER ESTATES
The Bloor-Danforth Subway Stations at Broadview and at Chester, are each a short walk from the Playter Estates homes.
Motorists travelling in and out of the city can gain immediate access to the Don Valley Parkway on-ramps, located just west of Broadview Avenue.
PARKS AND GREENSPACES IN THE PLAYTER ESTATES
Withrow Park – 725 Logan Ave
An 8 hectare park on Logan Avenue just south of Danforth Avenue featuring two ball diamonds, a multi-purpose sports field, two outdoor tennis courts, a volleyball court, a dog off leash area, a wading pool and a children’s playground. In the middle of the park is the Withrow Park Outdoor Artificial Ice Rink.
Riverdale Park and Riverdale Farm – 201 Winchester Street
Riverdale Park is divided in half by the Don River. The park’s east side, accessed by Broadview Avenue, contains two baseball diamonds, three playing fields, a soccer field, runnning track, ice rink, tennis courts and a pool. The west side of the park, on the west side of the Don Valley Parkway, contains a field house with washrooms, two baseball diamonds and two sports fields.
While visiting the park be sure to see Riverdale Farm. Its barnyard and animals will delight children.–Glenn Teneycke
Riverdale Farm is open all year round daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free. (including weekends and holidays)
Tour the Farm’s scenic 7.5 acres along pathways through wooded areas, around ponds, and into butterfly-herb-flower-vegetable gardens. Visit the farm animals and chat with the farmer during daily chores. Riverdale Farm is located in a park setting in the heart of the downtown community of Cabbagetown. Admission is free and parking is only available on neighbouring city streets.
Note: Dogs, bicycles, in-line skates, foot scooters, ride toys, and vehicles are not permitted on the Farm’s property. Our lower gate which allows access to Riverdale Park West/Broadview Avenue foot bridge is open May 1 – November 1(9:15 am – 4:00 pm daily).
Riverdale Farm is a representation of a rural farm in Ontario. It is not a petting zoo. We ask that our visitors do not feed the farm animals, as hand feeding can encourage aggressive behaviour and discourage consumption of their controlled nutritional diet.
Farm, Scenic pathways, Simpson House, Residence and Meeting House. Programs and seasonal events at the Meeting House and Residence. Historic Francey Barn and the “Residence”
HOW TO GET THERE:
Riverdale Farm is located 3 blocks east of Parliament Street along Winchester Street or 3 blocks north of Gerrard Street East along Sumach Street.
This small park near Jones and Dantforth Avenues features ball diamond, wading pool and a children’s playground.
Todmorden Mills was a small settlement located in the Don River valley in Toronto,Ontario. It started out as a lumber mill in the 1790s. Originally known as “Don Mills”, it grew into a small industrial complex and village before becoming part of East York in the 20th century. Currently the valley site is occupied by the Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, which includes the museum, art gallery, a theatre and a forest preserve.
A former quarry, the Brick Works is considered an urban model for ecosystem planning given its extensive landscape restoration, re-naturalization and wetland re-establishment.
A quiet 5 hectare park near Mount Pleasant Road and St.Clair Avenue East featuring a mature tree canopy and picnic tables. The park overlooks the Don River Valley with trails that lead down into the valley connecting with the Beltline Recreation Trail and the Don Valley Brick Works.
LIBRARIES IN THE PLAYTER ESTATES AREA
- Pape/Danforth Library – 701 Pape Avenue, (416) 393-7727
- Riverdale Library – 370 Broadview Avenue, (416) 393-7720
- St. James Town Library – 495 Sherbourne Street, (416) 393-7744
- Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street, (416) 395-5577