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Leslieville Neighbourhood

In the 1850’s, the first residents of the small village of Leslieville were market gardeners and brick makers whose homes surrounded the Toronto Nurseries owned by George Leslie. Today, Leslieville maintains a small village feel as young families flock to the newly-gentrified east end neighbourhood, which now offers charming independent shops, excellent schools, and ideal proximity to transit and the nearby Toronto beaches.

Leslieville Homes

Older Leslieville homes were built along Queen Street East in the late 1800’s. These structures are a mix of Ontario Cottages, Second Empire row houses and small Victorian detached and semi-detached homes. A second generation of homes was built north of Queen Street East during the early 1900’s and includes modest detached and semi-detached homes, as well as bungalows, with some being among the tiniest properties in the city. Recent gentrification has brought a third wave of development in the last decade, with new construction stone townhomes lining some of the more desirable streets running north and south of Queen Street East.

Leslieville Real Estate Market

The east end neighbourhoods of Leslieville, Riverdale and Cabbagetown have seen an incredible amount of real estate activity in the last several years, even while their central and west end counterparts seem to have leveled off. The excellent reputation of east end public schools, along with young families seeking out more affordable alternatives to the traditional uptown and midtown neighbourhoods has undoubtedly contributed to Leslieville’s more recent popularity and gentrification.

Leslieville Schools

Leslieville’s family-friendly atmosphere is exemplified in its wide array of elementary school options. Housed in one of the area’s oldest buildings, Leslieville Public School was built in 1863 and enjoys an excellent reputation to this day.

Living in Leslieville

The bustling neighbourhood of Leslieville has seen a recent surge in development and an influx of new residents in the past five to ten years. Cozy houses, quaint stores and tree-lined streets define the area centred upon Queen Street East.

The main shopping district of Queen Street East features an excellent mix of small independent shops. Along Gerrard Street East, between Greenwood Avenue and Coxwell Avenue, an eclectic mix of exotic clothing and food shops serves the vibrant East Indian community.

Several parks provide plenty of green space within walking distance of all Leslieville homes. Greenwood Park has a baseball diamond, ice rink, wading pool, and playground. Jonathan Ashbridge Park offers tennis courts, a playground, and a wading pool. And S.H. Armstrong Community Centre houses a gym, an indoor pool, fitness room and meeting rooms. Nearby, Gerrard Ashdale Public Library provides year-round programming for all ages.

Neighbourhood institutions include; the Leslieville Pumps, an old gas station turned short-order diner; and the historic maple tree that inspired the song, ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ by Alexander Muir (at the corner of Laing Street and Memory Lane).

Leslieville Area Transportation

Regular TTC bus and streetcar service runs along Carlaw, Jones, Greenwood, Coxwell, and Eastern Avenues, as well as Queen Street East and Gerrard Street, most of which connect to the Bloor-Danforth subway line.

5 minute drive to downtown Toronto
5 minutes to Lake Shore Boulevard, the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway

*Courtesy of Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage