Leslieville is one of the hottest neighbourhoods in Toronto and runs east of Broadview Avenue, Queen Street East to Coxwell Avenue, north to Gerrard Street and south to Eastern Avenue. This area features a diverse collection of renovated Victorian and Edwardian semis and detached homes, townhouses, condos and lofts. It is a very appealing place to live with great coffee shops, restaurants and trendy clothing and specialty food shops on Queen St. East. Leslieville is home to many young professional couples w kids but buyers of every age choose to live in Leslieville; a vital, artistic part of town and a very interesting neighbourhood.
History: This east end neighbourhood forms part of the broader neighbourhood of South Riverdale. Leslieville began as a small village in the 1850’s which grew up around the Toronto Nurseries owned by George Leslie and Sons, after whom the community is named. Leslieville is an area which gentrified rapidly between 2000 and 2006 when it was commonly referred to as “an up-and-coming neighbourhood”. Many great shops and restaurants have opened in recent years and Leslieville for the last several years has been considered a very desirable part of town. South of Eastern Avenue is the Studio district.
Coffee Shop/Bistros/Restaurants: Mercury Expresso Bar, Hello Toast, Joy Bistro, Bonjour Brioche Bistro, Baldini, Ruby Watch, Le Papillon on the Park, Edward Levesque’s Kitchen, Lady Marmalade, Tango Palace Coffee House. New: Hitch Bar, Leslieville Skin & Bones Restaurant, Rashes, The Roy. My nephew who lives in 'the hood' says these are 5 more 'hot' places to try: Lil' Baci, Leslie Jones, Ceili Cottage, Dark Horse and Leslieville Pumps. He said "even the gas stations have good food"...he's a foodie!
Fab Shops: Doll Factory by Damzels, Green Tea Design, Purple Purl, The Irish Shop, The Upper Crust Bakery, Healthy Whey, Bonne Journee, Baby on Hip, Hardware Interiors, Ed's Real Scoop, Bobette & Belle Cakes.
Bobette & Belle Artisanal Bakery
Other: Riverdale Ruff Cuts Pet Groomers, Timmie Doggie Outfitters.
Great Entertainment: Live music in different restaurants, The Jazz Festival in The Beach, walk on the boardwalk, wind surfing at the Beach, AMC movie theatres on Queen. The Fox Movie theatre in The Beach. For yoga, fitness and tennis, The Mayfair Lakeshore Club, just 10 minutes away.
Good Schools: Leslieville Junior Public School, Morse Street Junior Public School, Pape Ave Jr Public School, St. Joseph's Catholic School, Duke of Connaught Jr & Sr Public School, Kew Beach Montessori School, Riverdale Collegiate Institute, Malvern Collegiate, Montcrest. Downtown:U of Toronto, Ryerson, The Ontario College of Art.
Baby on Hip
Hospitals: Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Mt Sinai Hospital and Sick Children’s Hospital. After hour's, The Albany Clinic on Broadview Ave, a block north of The Danforth.
Transit: 15 minutes by car to downtown, 20 minutes by the Queen Streetcar. 10 minutes to the Don Valley Parkway and 10 minutes up to the 401 in non rush hour. 15 minutes to the Island Airport.