Originally a small village in the 1850’s, Leslieville was named after the owners of the Toronto Nurseries, George Leslie and Sons. Most of the first residents were either market gardeners at the Nurseries or were employed at one of several brick making companies that operated in the area. One of the first buildings was the Leslieville Public School, built in 1863.
Housing and Accommodation
Leslieville’s older houses along Queen Street and south to Eastern Avenue were built in the late 1800s and include Ontario cottages, Second Empire row houses and quaint, Victorian houses. Leslieville’s second generation of houses, built north of Queen Street in the early 1900’s mainly feature semi-detached homes, which account for the majority of sales in this neighbourhood. However, there is still a good selection of detached homes and condos available and the area is an attractive option for singles and couples.
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Leslieville has the personality of a small village, with tree-lined lots, quiet streets, quaint stores and little shops. It is peaceful and serene, which is uncharacteristic of a Toronto neighbourhood in such close proximity to the downtown core. The main shopping district is located along Queen Street, but there is also an area on Gerrard Street named Little India, which has a prominent East-Indian community and offers a variety of culturally specific shops and restaurants. There is an array of recreational outlets and options, including The Johnathan Ashbridge Park, S.H Armstrong Community Centre, Ashdale/Gerrard Public Libraries, and Greenwood Park, all of which have excellent recreational facilities and offer a number of activities and programs for Leslieville residents.
Leslieville is a diverse neighbourhood, and transit users, cyclists, and people who walk to work are attracted to this area because of its relative proximity to the downtown core. This neighbourhood consists primarily of semi-detached houses (42%) followed by detached houses (24%) and condos (17%). Leslieville’s popularity has grown over the past few years and as a result, the average sale price has risen 15%.
A family-oriented neighbourhood, Leslieville attracts lots of young families, along with young creatives.
Leslieville is well served by the public transit system. The 501 Queen and 506 Carlton Streetcars will connect you to the downtown core. Many bus routes on Carlaw, Jones, Greenwood, Coxwell, and Eastern Avenues link up with the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
Traveling by car, Lake Shore Boulevard, the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway are all close by.
Area: 10km Population: 25,640
Kids: 13% Visible Minority: 47.8%
Youth: 11% Average Family Income: $75,333
Lower Education: 44.7% Higher Education: 6.4%
Owned Homes: 51%
Tenanted Homes: 49%
- Family friendly neighbourhood.
- Lots of parks and green space.
- “Affordable” semi and detached homes.
- Pockets of underdeveloped areas remain.
- Proximity to the Ashbridges Bay water treatment plant.
- Perpetual line ups for Sunday brunch.