Playter Estates - Danforth Real Estate and Neighbourhood:
The Playter family patriarch, George Playter, was granted a commission as a Loyalist captain for seizing military documents for the British. After living in a few places in Canada he settled in Toronto in 1793 and was granted 2000 acres by Lt. Gov. Simcoe. It happened to be George's eldest son John who actually settled on the land and his grandson, John Lea Playter, built the Playter homestead at 28 Playter Crescent in the 1870's; land around the home was farmland up until 1912 when the neighbourhood began to grow.
After all these years the house is still in the family and the neighbourhood still has nods to its founders: Ellerbeck street is named after grandson John's wife, Sarah and Jackman Avenue is named after John Lea Playter's wife Mary Jackman. The neighbourhood is predominently Edwardian area homes although there are some examples from the Victorian and Tudor styles. Most homes are detached but on the periphery of the neighbourhood there are a few three-storey semi-detached homes. West of Broadview one can find a mix of smaller Ontario cottages, brick homes from the 1940s and modern infill models.
Most of Playter Estates falls within the Jackman School district; Jackman Avenue Public School is a junior school for kindergarten to grade 6. The school is well known for academics and a French Immersion program but also for a curriculum that puts the emphasis in community involvement and social responsibility. Jackman has won many awards for its greening efforts. One of Toronto's finest venues for live music can be found on Danforth; originally built as a movie theatre, The Music Hall was designate a property of historic interest in 1985.
The Danforth is the heart of Greek-town in Toronto and it's one of the city's most important streets. The 'Taste Of The Danforth' festival is a huge summer draw; a celebration of the culture and food in the area and has been steadily-growing in popularity for years. Long the centre of the city's Greek community, in addition to Greek restaurants and bars one will find a wide selection of boutiques and stores that promote healthy living, showing that Danforth is representative of the changing face of Toronto.