Yonge & Eglinton Neighbourhood: Chaplin Estates

Overview of the Chaplin Estates Area

This distinguished mid town Toronto neighbourhood has always been one of Toronto's most exclusive addresses. Chaplin Estates homeowners enjoy convenient access to excellent public and private schools, shopping, parks and recreation, and transit service.

It is bounded northerly by Eglinton Ave. and extends south just beyond Chaplin Crescent (which is Davisville Ave. east of Yonge). It's west-east boundaries are Avenue Rd. and Yonge St. respectively.

This is one of the most sought after addresses in all of Toronto. Chaplin Estates is a relatively small neighbourhood consisting of approximately 900 homes.
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History of Chaplin Estates

... began with a plan of subdivision, registered by William John Chaplin and his son James D. Chaplin, in 1913. The Chaplin family had been landowners in this area dating back to 1860, when this district was known simply as 'Eglinton'.

Chaplin Estates was marketed as a high class residential district. The developers included a long list of building restrictions and zoning bylaws, in the sale of each property. There were no semi-detached houses allowed, and stucco exteriors were not to cover more than half the house.

The marketing of the subdivision was handled by the Chaplin Realty Company. Prices ranged from $500 to $9,000 a lot. Most of the lots were sold between 1921 and 1925.

  map of chaplin estates areaToronto police planting potatoes, north of Chaplin Crescent, 1914
City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1568, Item 226

Roads & Transit near Chaplin Estates

Chaplin Estates residents can walk to the bus stops on Yonge Street, Eglinton Avenue, Oriole Parkway, and Chaplin Crescent. The Davisville and the Eglinton subway stations are also within walking distance of this neighbourhood.

The main east-west arterial roadway is Eglinton Avenue. Residents are approximately fifteen minutes from the Allen Expressway, and the Don Valley Parkway. Motorists can be downtown in fifteen minutes via Yonge Street or Avenue Road.
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Parks and Recreation around Chaplin Estates

The ultra modern North Toronto Community Centre has an indoor and outdoor pool, water slides, a gymnasium, a walking track, and exercise rooms.

Eglinton Park is adjacent to the community centre. Its facilities include: a baseball diamond, tennis courts, a wading pool and an artificial ice hockey rink.

The historic Beltline trail, walking and cycling path, is easily accessed from Oriole Park, at the south end of the neighbourhood.

The Northern District branch of the Toronto Public Library, is located on Orchard View Boulevard. This branch offers programs for seniors, adults, and children.

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Homes in Chaplin Estates

Most of the Homes in Chaplin Estates are two and three storey detached houses and are situated on premium lots with private driveways.

The houses in this neighbourhood were built in the 1920's and 1930's, and include many fine examples of Tudor, Georgian, and English Cottage style architecture. Detached and Semi-Detached properties with mutual driveways fringe this wonderful neighbourhood.

Any reasonably priced home listed in Chaplin Estates typically will sell almost immediately based on today's market conditions. Only on average approximately 2.5% of the homes in this area come up for sale annually.

Homes in Chaplin Estates typically range from $500,000 to $2,000,000 plus.

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Frank is a resident Realtor of Chaplin Estates, so feel free to ask him anything about the area.