Those looking for a quiet neighbourhood while still maintaining close proximity to downtown Toronto are proud to call Leslieville home.
Leslieville began as a little village back in the mid 1800’s, and was named after George Leslie and Sons who owned the Toronto Nurseries that the village essentially developed around. This east Toronto neighbourhood still manages to retain that small village feeling, thanks to it’s cozy homes, charming shops, and tree-lined streets.
The first generation of homes in the area of Leslieville are located along Queen St, and were built a century and a half ago. These historic homes include Victorian homes, Ontario cottages, and empire row houses. In the early 1900’s, the next generation of homes were built north of Queen St, and consist mainly of detached houses, semi’s, and bungalows.
Residents of Leslieville can enjoy a number of eclectic shops located along Queen St, the majority of which are independently owned and cater specifically to the tastes of the locals. Resident favourites include Baby on the Hip, Nathalie Rose & Co, Ethel 20th Century Living, Winkel, and The Thrill of the Find.
Along Gerrard St East between Coxwell Ave and Greenwood Ave is the ‘India Bazaar’, the commercial hub of the city’s East Indian community. Clothing stores in this particular stretch sell imported silk fabrics, and the street vendors grill up spicy corn on the cob on the sidewalks for a convenient and tasty treat. Residents have convenient access to groceries, both large and small, including Loblaws, FreshCo, Leslieville Cheese Market, and Hooked Seafood.
Succulent cuisine and sweet treats await both residents and visitors, with the likes of Bonjour Brioche, Le Papillon on the Park, Bach Yen, Braised, The Roy Public House, Lady Marmalade, and Te Aro Cafe, to name a few.
Following some fabulous fare, residents can work off their calories with a walk, jog, skate or bike ride in local parks, including Greenwood Park, Leslie Grove Park, or Jonathan Ashbridge Park. Greenwood Park features baseball diamonds, pool, ice rink, and a children’s playground. Jonathan Ashbridge Park offers two tennis courts, playground, and wading pool, and the S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre has a gym, indoor pool, fitness centre, and crafts.
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The public transit system serves Leslieville quite well, with buses and streetcars along Carlaw Ave, Cowell Ave, Greenwood Ave, Eastern Ave, Queen St and Gerrard St. The majority of these routes connect with subway stations along the Bloor-Danforth line. Commuters traveling by car can be downtown within a few short minutes, with access to Lakeshore Boulevard, the Gardiner Expressway, and the Don Valley Parkway nearby.