The Chaplin Estates neighbourhood began with a plan of subdivision, registered by William John Chaplin and his son James D. Chaplin, in 1913.
Chaplin Estates was marketed as a high class residential district. Prices ranged from $500 to $9,000 a lot. Most of the lots were sold between 1921 and 1925.
Chaplin Estates - Present
This distinguished 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.
Chaplin Estates' two and three storey detached houses 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.
Chaplin Estates residents are within walking distance of 'The Eglinton Way' shopping district along Eglinton Avenue West. This ritzy shopping area includes high-end fashion boutiques, gourmet food shops, professional offices, and restaurants.
The Yonge street shopping district is also within walking distance of Chaplin Estates. This highly visible shopping area includes many one-of-a-kind stores, and trendy restaurants that draw customers from all over the city.
The ultra modern North Toronto Memorial Community Recreation Centre, on Eglinton Avenue West, has an indoor and outdoor pool, a gymnasium, a walking track, aerobic and weight rooms, and two artificial ice rinks that are used as tennis courts in the summertime.
The Centre is located next to Eglinton Park which has a baseball diamond, sports field and a wading pool.
The Northern District branch of the Toronto Public Library, is located on Orchard View Boulevard. This branch offers programs for seniors, adults, and children.
The historic Belt Line trail, walking and cycling path, is easily accessed from the newly renovated Neshama Playground in Oriole Park, at the south end of the neighbourhood.
Chaplin Estates residents can walk to the bus stops on Yonge Street, Eglinton Avenue, Oriole Parkway, and Chaplin Crescent. The Davisville and 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.