Leslieville Guide

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Welcome to Leslieville!

Over the past few decades, Leslieville has quickly evolved from gritty to quietly gentrifying to increasingly trendy and covetable, with boutique condos springing up practically next door to century-old Victorians. While prices have gone up accordingly, it remains relatively accessible compared to many other sought-after areas in Toronto. Bound by the CN railway line to the north, Empire Avenue to the west, Eastern Avenue to south, and Coxwell Avenue to the east, Leslieville has often been nicknamed the Brooklyn of Toronto. This walkable East End neighbourhood would suit buyers looking for the sweet spot: Leslieville is close to downtown (but not hectic); it’s relaxed and family-friendly (but not boring); and it’s cool (but not overhyped and pretentious). As Goldilocks might say, it’s just right.

Highlights

Leslieville has an approachable community vibe, as well as an independent, artsy and creative soul. This neighbourhood has a little bit of everything you could want—peaceful green space, cool cafés, restaurants and bars, delightful indie shops, specialty grocers and more. It’s also adjacent to other hot neighbourhoods—including Riverside (currently undergoing its own exciting transformation, especially with the arrival of the fashionable Broadview Hotel) and The Beach. Plus, with the upcoming development of nearby East Harbour—the largest commercial project currently planned in Canada—Leslieville is perfectly positioned to benefit from its proximity to the future “Downtown East.”

House Styles

Whether you’re looking for a century-old Victorian full of character, a high-ceilinged loft conversion, a modern boutique condo, a classic semi or detached, or a cottage-like bungalow, Leslieville offers an incredible diversity of options in home styles. Some properties date all the way back to the late 1800s, and feature the kind of old-school-cool architecture they don’t make anymore. Meanwhile, exciting new developments are set to draw more neighbours into the area, including The Logan Residences, 875 Queen East, and the transformation of the historic Weston Bakery into condo lofts and townhomes. This makes Leslieville a future growth area to watch.

What You'll Fall in Love With

If you’re looking for an area that feels like an escape from the hustle—yet is also full of one-of-a-kind destinations in its own right—you’ve come to the right place. Rich in history, Leslieville originated as a small village in the 1850s, and if you don’t want to venture far from home, you can find everything you need right here. Whether you love to spend your time playing outdoors, sipping cocktails, taking in a show, shopping for items you won’t find elsewhere, or working up a sweat (Carlaw Avenue, between Gerrard and Queen, has arguably the city’s densest concentration of gyms/studios within a few short blocks), you’ll have endless options to entertain you on the East Side.

Neighbours

Once a thoroughly blue-collar neighbourhood, Leslieville remains largely middle-class (although its percentage of households in the highest income brackets exceeds the average for Toronto on the whole). Most locals are working age, and families are predominantly couples—almost evenly split between those with and without kids. Thanks to Leslieville’s recent gentrification and trendification, you’ll also see a growing number of young professionals, drawn here by their search for a condo or house outside the core, but still an easy commute to downtown.

Prices

The average price of a home in Leslieville is $935k. (Just a decade ago, it was $416k, which highlights how quickly this neighbourhood has changed.) Currently, the most accessible property type in this area is a one-bedroom condo, which averages $527k. By comparison, a three-bedroom townhouse or a three-bedroom semi-detached averages $1.06M. Finally, for those with the biggest budgets, a four-bedroom detached house averages $1.26M in Leslieville.

Schools

Leslieville is considered one of Toronto’s most family-friendly communities, making educational options especially important. The schools here include Morse Street Junior Public School (JK to Grade 6), attended by about 200 students. The building also houses Woodgreen Childcare, which offers before and after school care, as well as a kindergarten and preschool program.

Duke of Connaught Junior and Senior Public School (JK to Grade 8) dates all the way back to 1912 and now has a diverse student population of around 800. Programs include Early French Immersion (SK to Grade 8) and Extended French (Grades 4 to 8). For those seeking formal religious education in the Catholic tradition, there’s St. Joseph Catholic School (JK to Grade 8).

Also located in Leslieville, Riverdale Collegiate Institute (Grades 9 to 12) prepares students for higher education: more than 80 percent of its graduates are accepted into their college/university/apprenticeship of choice. The high school takes pride in its modern library learning commons and its extracurricular offerings—more than 90 different clubs/teams in athletics, the arts and beyond.

A Little Bit of History

Leslieville started out as a small village in the 1850s and takes its name from horticulturalist and businessman George Leslie (1804-1893), who founded the Toronto Nurseries, which was at one time the largest business of its kind in Canada. (His trees added shady lushness to prominent places in the city, like Mount Pleasant Cemetery and Allan Gardens.) In those days, most Leslieville residents were gardeners or brick-factory workers, defining the neighbourhood’s blue-collar character.

The area also spent many decades as a hub for industrial factories, including metal smelters and tanneries—which made it less than desirable as a residential neighbourhood. Today, however, those industrial activities are a thing of the past, though you can still see some of the vast lands they once occupied. Some have been repurposed for “Hollywood North”—massive film studios like Showline Studios and the nearby Pinewood Toronto Studios—and there are still underdeveloped stretches of Leslieville awaiting transformation.

The Commute

Leslieville’s closeness to the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway makes commuting particularly convenient. Downtown Toronto is a 10-minute drive or 25-minute streetcar ride. You could also easily hit the bike path by the waterfront and cycle downtown in about half an hour. The neighbourhood is also well connected to numerous bus routes.

Leslieville to Yonge/Bloor:
Bus plus Subway: 30 minutes
Walking: one hour and 10 minutes
Car: 15 minutes
Bike: 25 minutes

Locals will also benefit from easy access to two proposed SmartTrack stations—Gerrard-Carlaw and nearby East Harbour. Expected to open in 2024, the highly anticipated new transit system will connect Scarborough to Etobicoke via downtown.

Other points of interest:
– Union Station: 35 minutes by streetcar, one hour by foot, 15 minutes by car, 25 minutes by bike

Lifestyle

While Leslieville may be a bit quieter than Toronto’s West End, it’s far from sleepy. For sports enthusiasts and families, there’s plenty of green space, including the 6.2-hectare Greenwood Park, where you’ll find two baseball diamonds, a multipurpose sports field, an outdoor pool and the city’s first covered outdoor artificial ice rink (open for skating in the winter and ball hockey in the summer). You can also play baseball, tennis, basketball and other outdoor sports at Jimmie Simpson Park, or sign up for a class at the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre next door. The community centre offers a full slate of activities for people of all ages, including swimming, fitness classes and after-school/preschool programs.

Leslieville is also close to all the attractions of The Beach, perfect for strolling on the boardwalk, running or biking on the Martin Goodman Trail, or just relaxing on the sand with a good book. You can also spend a leisurely afternoon wandering the shops of Queen Street East; the area is characterized by independent stores like the Arts Market (artisanal wares), Good Neighbour (hipster fashion), Baby on the Hip (eco-friendly baby gear) and Gadabout (vintage clothing).

For those more interested in food and drink, the restaurant and bar scene is thriving in Leslieville. There are hip spots to suit all tastes—most of them indie places with inventive menus, rather than cookie-cutter chains—especially on the Queen Street East strip. Indulge in fresh pasta at Frankie’s Italian (formerly the beloved Lil’ Baci); enjoy tacos and tequila on the patio at Barrio Cerveceria; or join the always-long weekend brunch line waiting for Lady Marmalade. Kick back with craft beers at Brooklyn Tavern, or tuck into French brasserie fare at Gare de l’Est (especially popular among those catching a show at Crow’s Theatre next door). There are too many foodie destinations to list them all here.

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#201 -25 BASEBALL PL, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#201 -25 Baseball Pl

Toronto, Ontario M4M 0E7

$2,749 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
#BASEMNT -213 KENILWORTH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#basemnt -213 Kenilworth Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3S7

$1,350 Monthly

Triplex 1 1
#UPPER -213 KENILWORTH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#upper -213 Kenilworth Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3S7

$2,500 Monthly

Triplex 2 1
#403 -747 QUEEN ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#403 -747 Queen St E

Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H3

$714,000

Apartment 1 1
#LOWER -57 KENILWORTH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#lower -57 Kenilworth Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3S4

$2,100 Monthly

Triplex 2 1
83 MARJORY AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

83 Marjory Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4M 2Y5

$858,000

House 4 3
#1 -100 COXWELL AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#1 -100 Coxwell Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3B2

$899,900

Row / Townho 2 3
#303 -1 KINGSTON RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#303 -1 Kingston Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1S5

$1,550 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#1 -50 PAPE (BSMT) AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#1 -50 Pape (Bsmt) Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4M 2V6

$1,995 Monthly

Triplex 2 1
#404 -201 CARLAW AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#404 -201 Carlaw Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4M 2S3

$2,950 Monthly

Apartment 2 1
92 ORCHARD PARK BLVD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

92 Orchard Park Blvd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3E2

$1,400,000

House 3 2
1702 DUNDAS ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

1702 Dundas St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1L6

$1,249,900

House 3 3
297 KENILWORTH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

297 Kenilworth Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3S9

$1,199,000

House 3 3
#1 -1492 DUNDAS ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#1 -1492 Dundas St

Toronto, Ontario M4M 1S9

$2,695 Monthly

Other 2 1
#322 -68 BROADVIEW AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#322 -68 Broadview Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4M 2E6

$3,199 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#1 -1492 DUNDAS ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#1 -1492 Dundas St E

Toronto, Ontario M4M 1S9

$2,695 Monthly

Apartment 2 1
#1024 -1190 DUNDAS ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#1024 -1190 Dundas St E

Toronto, Ontario M4M 0C5

$529,900

Apartment 1 1
#726 -88 COLGATE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#726 -88 Colgate Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4M 0A6

$749,900

Apartment 1 1
112 KINGSTON RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

112 Kingston Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1S7

$1,099,000

Row / Townho 3 2
#308 -1960 QUEEN ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#308 -1960 Queen St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1H8

$1,099,000

Apartment 2 2
1A BADGEROW AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

1a Badgerow Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4M 1T9

$3,990 Monthly

Row / Townho 3 3
#UPPER -1934 QUEEN ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#upper -1934 Queen St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1H6

$2,195 Monthly

Other 2 2
#UPPER#1 -1932 QUEEN ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#upper#1 -1932 Queen St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1H6

$1,650 Monthly

Apartment 2 1
#514 -1733 QUEEN ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#514 -1733 Queen St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 6S9

$2,000 Monthly

Apartment 1 1