The Lowdown on Leslieville

Your Typical Neighbour:  Creative types abound here, alongside a middle working class sensibility that fades the farther north you go. Young professionals and/or families exploring the newer condos and smaller ‘condo alternative’ homes, although prime streets require particularly well-employed parents.

What We : The local retail and particularly the restaurant scene draws us even when we have no other reason to be there. There are plenty of family-friendly streets, with lots of green space - all close to downtown.

What We Don't: Lineups for Sunday brunch at Lady Marmalade or Bonjour Brioche. Also, despite best efforts of the city, Canada’s largest waste water (read sewage) treatment plant at Ashridges Bay occasionally still lays a thoroughly unpleasant aroma down on the neighbourhood.

What's Nearby

The Real Estate Scoop*

The lower side of Leslieville south of Queen is populated with the oldest of the neighbourhood’s homes most of which were built in the late 1800’s to house the local industrial workers. Cottage style homes synonymous with some of the tiniest places in Toronto sit alongside Second Empire row houses and Victorian Semi’s. But it is the relative teeny weeny-ness of some of these homes that lead to the often used “condo alternative” descriptor frequently seen in listings here. They do make an interesting option for a starter home where the buyer can see potential and can stomach the idea of living in a house that is potentially only 12 feet wide on the inside!

As you move north away from Queen street, the housing stock and lots tend to grow larger (with prices to match), eventually transitioning to the large detached homes of Riverdale.

Leslieville is also one of the best areas in Toronto for lofts. A number of live-work spaces have popped up, both industrial conversion and new-build, and there are some VERY cool spaces that come available from time to time. These are being filled with creative types who appreciate something a little different, and in turn are leaving their own mark on the neighbourhood. If you’re looking for unique space, there’s a good chance you’d find it here.

Lastly, this area can be a haven for someone looking for a multi-use investment. If you’re a business owner or an investor, mixed use buildings that pop up from time to time along Gerrard offer residential spaces atop street-front retail. And this neighbourhood isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, so if it’s not YOUR business that requires the space, there’s money on the table!

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016
AVERAGE PRICE $640,259 $719,001 $765,684 $887,078
PRICE: Low-High $365,000-$1,246,000 $91,500-$1,775,000 $349,900-$2,900,000 $310,000-$1,900,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 14 11 11 10
# OF SALES 326 351 385 385

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016
AVERAGE PRICE $437,014 $464,145 $458,741 $574,863
PRICE: Low-High $15,000-$905,000 $595,000-$642,000 $222,900-$1,175,000 $25,000-$1,420,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 26 22 22 17
# OF SALES 201 202 133 165



*Data from the Toronto Real Estate Board.

Who Lives Here*

Area: 10km
Population: 25,640

Demographics

Kids: 13%
Visible Minority: 47.8%
Youth: 11%
Average Family Income: $75,333
Seniors: 11%

Education

Lower Education: 44.7%
High Education: 6.4%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 51%
Tenanted Homes: 49%



*Statistics compiled from the City of Toronto Well Being Toronto website. Neighbourhood boundaries may not correlate exactly to the boundaries used in this site.

Schools

Proximity to family centric Riverdale leaves you with a number of school options, though most are close to or north of Queen Street. Leslieville’s public schools have not caught up to the change in demographics, slowed further by many parents opting for alternative educational options, of which there are several. We expect this will gradually improve, but the timeline is elusive.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Bruce Public School
Leslieville Junior Public School
Equinox Holistic School
Duke Of Connaught Public School
St. Joseph Catholic School
Morse Street Public School

Transit & Commuting

The Queen Streetcar is the TTC workhorse that most from the area rely upon to get to the downtown from the east side of the Don River. Big Walkability as well, and convenient access to the Gardiner and DVP via nearby Lakeshore.

About Leslieville

It’s difficult to sum-up what makes the Leslieville neighbourhood so fantastic in only a few paragraphs…but we will try!

But before we get into all that, let’s pin-point where Leslieville is – with relation to the vast city that is ‘Greater Toronto’. Leslieville is east of the Don River, bounded by the Canadian National railway line and Gerrard Street to the north, Empire Avenue to the west, Eastern Avenue to south, and Coxwell Avenue to the east. Got that? If you’re a little confused, just think of Leslieville as being east of Parliament, North of the Beach(es) and south of Gerrard street.

Once the home to boarded-up shops, working class families, metal and factory workers, and mom-and-pop shops, Leslieville has become one of Toronto’s hippest neighbourhoods. Where once stood abandoned buildings and run-down homes now stands destination-worthy restaurants, european-inspired cafes, upscale clothing stores, revitalized factory-turned-loft buildings, yoga and fitness studios. Heck, if you’re not satisfied with the status-quo just take a pit-stop at Leslieville’s central gas station – The Leslieville Pumps – to get a taste of freshly made curries, homestyle baked cornbread, fancy coffees, pulled-pork sandwiches, or fried chicken and waffles. A gas station that serves notable, tasty, catering-worthy treats? Yes! It exists! And of course, it thrives in Leslieville – a neighbourhood that shops and supports local – proudly-rooted in its entrepreneurial spirit.

On a typical weekend you will see running and cycling groups stopping-in at Te Aro, an upscale and hip cafe with car garage doors that open up right to a bustling patio. You’ll witness families walking (many accessorized by strollers), children playing at the Leslieville Farmer’s market, yoga bags hanging gingerly off fit arms – headed to a restorative class at Spirit Loft yoga studio – and hand-holding couples walking sleepily to wait in line at Lady Marmalade. Nightlife in Leslieville also offers a walkable array of specialty pubs, bistros, delicious restaurants, and live music. And with everything at your fingertips it is no surprise that Leslieville continues to thrive as one of Toronto’s most coveted pieces of real estate. So, how much do we love Leslieville? Don’t ask us to count the ways…