Little India Guide

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Welcome to Little India:

Little India is a colourful, unique neighbourhood tucked into north-east corner of Leslieville. Just 10 blocks wide, the tiny community is home to the largest South Asian market in North America, drawing shoppers who scour the stores for bright silks, Bollywood films, sequined saris and handcrafted paan, a regional favourite made from areca nuts and betel leaf. Renowned for its restaurants, locals and visitors alike revel in the neighbourhood’s endless selection of Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi dining options. Still affordable, it’s an intriguing and diverse community that is a treat to call home.

What you'll fall in love with:

For two days every summer, Little India puts on the epic Festival of South Asia, a spectacular celebration of ethnic arts and food. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to take in open-air Bollywood movies, eat street-side samosas and naan, and take in art, live music and performances from people like Vasu Primlani, the award-winning Indian stand-up comic. Organized by the Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area association and TD Bank, the free festival is one of the highlights of living in the neighbourhood.

Neighbours:

Little India is bordered by the CN Rail Line in the north, Dundas Avenue in the south, Greenwood Avenue to the west and Coxwell Avenue to the east. Most locals are over 30 and they typically live with a partner, some couples have children, some don’t. Census records show there aren’t many Indian people living in Little India; the neighbourhood carries that name because the business district is prominently South Asian. Two out of every three people who live in the neighbourhood were born in Canada, and immigrants who live in Little India are far more likely to be from China than anywhere else. Most residents who learned English as a second language spoke Cantonese or Chinese first – in 2011, just 200 locals said Punjabi was their mother tongue. The area offers a nice mix of single family homes, semi-detached homes and condominiums for sale. The average house price is $786,000, and the average condo price is a still-affordable $265,000.

Highlight:

The still-affordable prices, which are still lower than other areas in Leslieville and Riverdale.

House Style:

Little India offers plenty of single-family homes and semi-detached options at reasonable prices, and some condominium options as well.

Prices:

House prices average $786,000 and condo prices average about $265,000.

The commute:

Locals can get to Union Station in under 20 minutes by car, and about 40 minutes on the TTC. A bike is a great option from this neighbourhood, as a ride into the downtown core will take just 30 minutes and will bring you right along the lakeshore, across the mostly flat Martin Goodman and Lower Don Recreation trails. Getting to Yonge and Bloor takes about the same amount of time by car, but both transit and bike travel times are shorter by about 10 minutes.

Local Schools:

The only school in Little India is Roden Public, which has been in the neighbourhood since 1907 and received a 5.9/10 in the Fraser Institute’s 2015-16 review of schools. Alternatives include St. Joseph Catholic School and Leslieville Junior Public, both of which are minutes away in neighbouring Leslieville.

Life Style:

Little India is a tiny South Asian oasis inside the larger neighbourhood of Leslieville, a community that has been called “hipsterville east” thanks to its rapid transformation from a working class ‘hood to a trendy professional enclave. Little India hasn’t escaped the gentrification, and residents live at the confluence of these two cultural rivers.

At home in their neighbourhood, locals enjoy lively community celebrations for major South Asian holidays including Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, and Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Saris, bangles, silks and spices are on offer, along with custom jewellers and textile dealers for those who want something custom made.

Many of Leslieville’s hipsters come to Little India for the food, and restaurateurs cater to them in return. Take Udupi Palace, a beloved local restaurant that trumpets its “vegan, gluten free, Jain-friendly” options and hosts the world’s only Spicy Dosa Eating Contest. People from all walks of life take part. “No sauces or dipping – just supercharged with Indian spices,” the restaurant’s website says. “Water bottles provided during the contest.”

If they’re looking for something a bit different, residents of Little India can take a short walk to the burgeoning Leslieville scene, with its cosmopolitan coffee shops and swank eateries. Or they can hop on a bike and head to The Beach, enjoying the summer jazz festival there or just relaxing by the water. Locals can also grab a ride to Riverdale, a family-friendly community to the west. It’s a fantastic neighbourhood for curious folks who like a little bit of everything.

A little bit of history:

Little India began to emerge in the 1972, when an Indian immigrant named Gian Naaz decided to rent a shuttered local movie theatre and start showing Bollywood films. This cultural anchor drew South Asians from great distances, and attracted other Indian and Pakistani businesses to the area. Restaurants, ethnic grocery stores, textile and sari importers opened in the neighbourhood, along with paan shops selling the unique preparation of betel leaf and areca nut that many South Asians enjoy. By the early 1980s, the enclave was well-established, with about 100 shops drawing tens of thousands of visitors from across North America and beyond.

The BIA was established in the early 1980s, and by the early 2000s the organization reported that four of every 10 visitors were coming from the United States. The Naaz theatre closed in the 1990s and Gian Naaz died in 2000, having used his wealth in part to build the first school in his home village in Punjab, India. Today, the neighbourhood looks to draw all kinds of people to enjoy South Asian culture, and the street celebrates Muslim Eid, Sikh Vaisaki and Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. The area is now home to Canadians and immigrants with a wide variety of ethnicities, and the streetscape has expanded to include Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi businesses.

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#1 -233 GREENWOOD AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#1 -233 Greenwood Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2R4

$2,050 Monthly

Row / Townho 3 2
177 KENILWORTH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

177 Kenilworth Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3S7

$1,828,000

House 3 3
123 KINGSTON RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

123 Kingston Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1T2

$899,000

House 3 2
#UPPER -30 KINGSMOUNT PARK  RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#upper -30 Kingsmount Park Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3L1

$2,995 Monthly

Triplex 2 2
29 BATTENBERG AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

29 Battenberg Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1J7

$1,289,000

Row / Townho 4 3
#UPPER -115A COXWELL AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#upper -115a Coxwell Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3B3

$1,700 Monthly

House 1 1
#LOWER -115A COXWELL AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#lower -115a Coxwell Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3B3

$1,700 Monthly

House 1 1
344 HIGHFIELD RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

344 Highfield Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2V5

$1,675 Monthly

House 1 1
81 BILLINGS AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

81 Billings Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2S3

$2,950 Monthly

House 3 2
1934 GERRARD ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

1934 Gerrard St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2C1

$939,900

House 4 2
1694 DUNDAS ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

1694 Dundas St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1L4

$1,200,000

House 4 3
80 WILDWOOD CRES, toronto, Ontario
For sale

80 Wildwood Cres

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2K7

$825,000

House 3 2
#28 -41 BATTENBERG AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#28 -41 Battenberg Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1J7

$599,900

Row / Townho 3 1
71 GAINSBOROUGH RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

71 Gainsborough Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3C1

$899,900

House 4 3
119 COXWELL AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

119 Coxwell Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3B3

$524,000

House 2 1
189 RHODES AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

189 Rhodes Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2Z9

$1,549,900

House 7 4
74 RHODES AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

74 Rhodes Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2Z9

$1,325,000

House 4 3
239 HIAWATHA RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

239 Hiawatha Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2Y3

$1,249,000

House 3 2
8 VINCE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

8 Vince Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 0A6

$1,399,000

House 3 3
433 ASHDALE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

433 Ashdale Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2Z3

$1,824,900

House 3 3
#206 -66 KIPPENDAVIE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#206 -66 Kippendavie Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3R5

$959,900

Apartment 2 2
1872 GERRARD ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

1872 Gerrard St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2B7

$1,048,000

House 4 2
33 MINTO ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

33 Minto St

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1B6

$1,399,000

House 3 3
65 MAUGHAN CRES, toronto, Ontario
For sale

65 Maughan Cres

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3E6

$1,098,000

House 3 4