Leslieville is a popular and vibrant neighbourhood, just east of downtown Toronto. With beautiful historic homes, a rich and diverse and successful business community and convenient access to downtown Toronto and the Don Valley Parkway, Leslieville is a very popular choice for young families.
Located east of the Don Valley Parkway, between Riverside and The Beach, from Eastern Avenue in the south, north to Gerrard. Coxwell in the east.
Leslieville includes the India Bazaar area at Coxwell and Dundas, and unofficially, Riverside (Queen and Broadview to the DVP).
The restaurants, bars, cafes and local businesses. Leslieville is downtown east Toronto’s destination for foodies. You don’t have to leave the neighbourhood to find what you’re looking for.
Like most urban areas, you may experience some petty crime in the area. Bike thefts, package theft from porches, and car/ garage break-ins happen from time to time.
Ease of downtown access. You can’t do much better than Leslieville if you want to stay close to the core. The area offers easy highway access, bike lanes, transit lines, and if you’re up for it, the walk to the core is about an hour.
If you’re planning to take transit to work, the TTC can be pretty packed, especially during rush hours, or when there is construction or disruptions to service.
The parks. Greenwood Park, Jimmy Simpson, and the Leslieville Street Spit Trail are all well loved and used green spaces in the area. You’re also close to Cherry Beach.
The parking situation can be frustrating sometimes. If your home doesn’t include parking, or if you’re trying to park to access a local business, it can sometimes be tough. Walking as much as possible is recommended.
Strong, laid-back community vibe and pride. Residents of Leslieville are proud of their neighbourhood. The neighbourhood business association and local residents do a lot to promote and support local businesses.
If you’re in your twenties, you may find Leslieville a bit sleepy for your taste, in comparison to the west side.
Residents in Leslieville are known for their inclusion and love of diversity. Members of marginalized communities will typically find a warm welcome and supportive environment in the neighbourhood.
You may have trouble luring your ‘west of Yonge’ friends to visit you. For some reason the west to east trip seems like a large mountain to climb.
There are a variety of housing choices in Leslieville. Newer condominium apartments and stacked townhomes, historic rowhouses, semi-detached and detached homes, and some recent modern builds.
There are a lot of condominium options in Leslieville, both in apartment and townhome properties. Most have been built
Leslieville is an area with deep history. Homes here can date back into the early 1800’s and early 1900’s. Sometimes you’ll find a home that is ready for a full overhaul and update.
Homes in the area range in size and style, from rowhouses, semi-detached tof fully detached larger homes.
In the area, developers and builders purchase properties and take them down to the foundation, to rebuild a new home in its place.
Often as well, homeowners complete extensive renovations to their older homes, so often, lovlingly restorted homes in Leslieville will come to market. We have seen some beautiful properties in Leslieville over the years.
Leslieville offers some excellent schooling choices in both the Cathlic and Public Boards.
Leslieville Junior Public School is a public school spanning grades JK-6.
It’s located at 254 Leslie Street.
Morse Street Junior Public School runs JK-6.
Located at 180 Carlaw Avenue.
Bruce Public School runs JK-8.
The school is located at 51 Larchmount Avenue.
Pape Avenue Junior Public School runs from JK through grade 6.
It’s located at 220 Langley Avenue.
Queen Alexandra Middle School includes grades 6 through grade 8.
It’s located at 181 Broadview Avenue.
Duke of Connaught Junior and Senior Public School runs JK through grade 8.
It’s located at 70 Woodfield Road.
Dundas Junior Public School offers JK through grade 5.
It’s located at 935 Dundas Street East.
Riverdale Collegiate Institute offers English and Extended French.
It’s located at 1094 Gerrard Street East.
St Joseph Catholic School includes grades JK through grade 8.
It’s located 176 Leslie Street.
St John Catholic School offers extended French, grades 5 through 8.
It’s located at 780 Kingston Road.
St Agatha offers French Immersion, grades 6 through 8.
It’s located at 49 Cathedral Bluffs, Scarborough.
Neil McNeil Catholic School offers grades 9 through 12.
It’s located at 127 Victoria Park Avenue.
Notre Dame High School offers grade 9 through 12 for girls.
It’s located at 12 Malvern Avenue.
The Leslieville area of Toronto is ideal for individuals and families who love the convenience of walking to do their shopping, to dine or to spend recreational time in the parks and at the waterfront.
From Riverside to Coxwell, Queen Street has some really great sections to explore. Here you’ll find art galleries, restaurants, bars, vintage clothing and unique shops, bakeries and cafes.
Plus lots of other smaller parks and playgrounds, and you’re quite close to Woodbine Beach and Corktown Commons.
Leslieville has a thriving food scene with numerous restaurants and cafes. You can find a diverse range of cuisines, from Italian and Thai to vegetarian and vegan options.
Leslieville is known for its vibrant street art scene. Take a walk around the neighborhood to discover colorful murals and graffiti art on building walls.
Depending on the time of year, you can visit the Leslieville Farmers’ Market, where you can find fresh produce, artisanal foods, and handmade crafts.
There is usually a nice holiday setup in Riverside in December as well.