Playter Estates is named after the Playter family who immigrated to Canada from Pennsylvania in the 1790s and were granted several lots on both sides of the Don River near Bloor Street. Until 1912 when the current neighbourhood was developed, much of the property in this region was used for farmland.
The Playter Estates neighbourhood is located just east of the Don Valley and has become an exclusive enclave of homes. It is composed of many beautiful homes, a first-class shopping district, and features convenient access to Toronto's public transit system. Today this area is often used for films, television shows, and commercials. Danforth Village, located just steps away from Playter Estates, is the largest Greek neighbourhood in North America; here you will find the best selection of Greek restaurants in Toronto in addition to its selection of wine-making shops and gourmet coffee shops. In addition, there is The Big Carrot - a natural food market which attracts shoppers from all over the city. Just south of Danforth lies the Riverdale Park, one of Toronto's largest parks offering seven tennis courts, an artificial ice rink, port fields, a swimming pool, and an athletic track. Through the Riverdale Park you have access to the Don Valley Ravine with a scenic bicycle trail which winds along the Don River and then connects to the Martin Goodman Trail along the waterfront.
Many of the homes in this neighbourhood were built between 1912 and 1930, hence the Edwardian and Victorian style. You will find detached and semi-detached homes are fairly uniform in construction with decorative accents such as slate roofs and fish scale shingles, to whimsical front porches and stone gates. Prices range from $600,000 to over $1 million.