It’s difficult to sum up what makes the Leslieville neighbourhood so fantastic in only a few paragraphs…but we will try!
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 the 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.
With easy access to all the restaurants, bars, breweries, cafes, venues and shops, Leslieville gives you a neighbourhood feel that can’t be beaten. Trees galore, close to Lake Ontario with bike paths, playgrounds, splash pads and off-leash dog areas, this neighbourhood takes family-friendly to a whole new level. The growing condo market has brought a greater mix of people to the area, which was the turning point that took Leslieville from up-and-coming to established.
Once a haven for artists and craftspeople, and before that 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. There is still a laid-back vibe here compared to the fast pace of downtown life. But don’t be fooled. Leslievillians take their love of the environment, local food, farmer’s market fare and kale very seriously.
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 for brunch. Nightlife in Leslieville also offers a walkable array of specialty pubs, 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.