Chaplin Estates

Chaplin Estates is the name of the triangular neighbourhood bound by Eglinton Avenue to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Chaplin Crescent across the southwest — a residential area of old homes smack in the middle of midtown Toronto.

One of the main defining characteristics of Chaplin Estates is the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail, site of the former Beltline Railway line, which runs diagonally along the southern edge of the neighbourhood. The trail offers a pretty piece of nature in the middle of the city and acts as a walking trail for many of the local residents.

Davisville and Eglinton subway stations are the key transit points here, and part of this subway line actually runs above ground on the eastern edge of the neighbourhood.

The name Chaplin in Chaplin Estates comes from the family who originally owned the land here. It was subdivided in the early 1920s and plots sold using the marketing name Chaplin Estates. Houses were built under strict development rules and as a result the neighbourhood is home to many fine examples of 1920s and 1930s Tudor and English Cottage-style architecture.

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