It’s difficult to sum up what makes Leslieville so special among homeowners. It’s a neighbourhood in the city that has small-town charm yet is minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown core. It’s situated east of the Don River and 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.
Living in Leslieville
People tend to talk about the vibe in Leslieville being unlike any other area of Toronto, and we have to agree. If you live in this area you’re proud and are always touting the benefits of home. It’s has tree-lined residential streets, cozy cafes, a safe neighbourhood and a strong community that supports small businesses.
Leslieville provides residents with a laid-back, family-friendly vibe without sacrificing the convenience of downtown life – it’s about a 20-minute ride on the 501 streetcars to the Eaton Centre!). You’ll never be asking yourself “What to do in Leslieville?” as there’s always so much to do!
On your typical weekend, you’ll find plenty of active folks – some heading to spin class at Torq, or off to Spirit Loft yoga studio with the most stylish of gear one, or some off on their morning run ahead of a long afternoon of brunch.
You’ll see many families strolling the streets, children playing at the farmers market and run into those who wish to be locals checking out the homes and condos in the area.
Where to Eat and Drink in Leslieville?
Residents of Leslieville know that one of Toronto’s most popular weekend activities is brunch, and with one of the best spots in all of the GTA in your neighbourhood, you’ll be able to do it better than most. Open only for breakfast and lunch, Lady Marmalade is often listed as one of the best breakfast spots in the city. Their eggs benedict selection has catapulted them into the brunch spotlight with traditional and non-traditional options like fresh tomato, cream cheese and pesto. If eggs benny doesn’t peak your interest, there are more savory and sweet options, and they’re also open for lunch if you’re looking for a great healthy option.
Eastside Social is Queen East’s answer to the growing popularity of seafood-centric restaurants in the city. Their skate schnitzel, smoked trout, and salmon tartare are just a few coastal options that help make this restaurant deliciously memorable. If you’re not a big seafood fan, entrées like the grilled flank steak or fried chicken are worth trying.
Ascari Enoteca is an Italian Leslieville favorite. This Italian restaurant has every item of authentic Italian food that you could possibly crave. Try the spaghetti alla carbonara or the carpaccio di manzo con bagna cauda. Share a plate of the broccolini fritti or spiducci d’agnello. Everything, even the pasta, is made fresh daily.
Leslieville Real Estate Market
Real estate in Leslieville is always on most people’s hot-list when searching for a new home. Populated with some of the oldest homes in Toronto – built in the late 1800’s, you’ll find plenty of Victorian Semi-detached homes. Another thing you’ll tend to find in Leslieville are the teeny tiny homes that are nearly always described as your condo-alternative. These starter homes make a great option for those just getting into the real estate market, but don’t want a condo lifestyle.
Leslieville is also very popular for lofts, as plenty of live-work spaces are located there in both industrial conversion buildings and new-builds. These spaces are being filled with creative types – many from the advertising and design field who appreciate unique spaces.
As the size of the house increases, so does the budget, making living in Leslieville a challenge for some. But with the introduction of a handful of mid-rise condo developments, it’s a bit more accessible for those looking to become a member of this community. The Logan Residences, a new, six-storey, boutique residence by The Daniels Corporation carefully blends with the historic, village-like streetscape cherished by the residents of and visitors to Leslieville.
With easy access to all the restaurants, bars, breweries, cafes, venues and shops, Leslieville gives you a neighbourhood feel that can’t be beaten. It is no surprise that Leslieville continues to thrive as one of Toronto’s best and most desired up and coming neighbourhoods.