The demographics of this area are in transition. In the past it was known to have the highest percentage of senior citizens in the city. There has been a recent influx of more young families who have taken advantage of the affordability of the neighbourhood and its close proximity to Downtown. Many of the original bungalows are now being “topped up” to create larger homes as the gentrification to the area continues. The area has a number of different communities within its boundaries, Playter Estates, Old East York, Woodbine Heights, Woodbine Gardens and Parkview Hills. The Don River and its extensive trail system border the north, the vibrant destination of cultures on Danforth Avenue is the southern border stretching all the way east to Victoria Park Avenue. East York is also comprised of many small shopping pockets mostly located on the major north/south streets like Broadview, Donlands, Coxwell and Pape all with their own unique shops and cultures.
Playter Estates is originally the six streets around the Playter Estates on Playter Crescent. Grand Estate homes of brick and stone known as East York’s Rosedale. Like Rosedale with a bohemian side that would be a little more open to neighbours talking on the streets and sitting on front porches. It’s close to a plethora of restaurants and shopping and is just minutes to Yonge & Bloor.
Old East York a quaint post-war bungalows are the order of the day. With a once high population of retirees, Old East York has been going through a transformation recently. Many of the bungalows are getting second stories as the lot sizes are somewhat larger making it attractive to growing families. Many of the subdivision homes were very well built, two bedroom bungalows that still appeal to both starting family and retirees. These homes charming homes continue to lure homeowners to a quieter gentler side of the city.
Danforth Village stretches between Logan and Jones has for years held a place in the minds of Torontonians as the home of Greek culture in Toronto. But change is a constant in urban growth. The recent inclusion of an important Muslim mosque and a growing Eastern community near Coxwell share the strip with sushi bars and Starbuck coffee shops all of which are changing the previously singular identity of the Danforth. There is a wonderful mixture of Edwardian brick detached and semi-detached homes and as you move east along the Danforth. The homes become somewhat more compact and more affordable as well. And of course the convenience of the subway line is a huge feature as we increasingly leave our vehicles at home.
Woodbine Heights, Woodbine Gardens and Parkview Hills
Typically the homes in these neighbourhoods are similar in nature in that they were mostly bungalows and storey and half homes built in the late 1930s and into the 1940s. Within the areas that have Taylor Creek at their back door many sprawling 1950s ranch bungalows and two storey dwellings were built for the more affluent, offering private settings with very large deep ravine lots. The owners of these homes always find that when the downtown folks come out for dinner that can’t believe the size of the wooded lots that are only twenty minutes to downtown and how they show such pride of ownership.