The Leslieville lifestyle can be described in a few words: funky, urban, and young. It still feels a bit like a small, easy-to-navigate village - but with an extra shot of cool. You’ll bump into your neighbours on the street, in the local grocery store, or in cafés. You don’t have to be BFF’s, but knowing your neighbours does foster a strong sense of community.
Demand for Leslieville real estate is strong and keeps getting stronger. It has evolved from an up-and-coming neighbourhood into one of East End Toronto’s hottest, hippest communities.
Founded in the late 1800’s for factory and garden workers, Leslieville has recently gentrified - yet it still offers more of an urban edge than neighbouring Riverdale or The Beaches.
The Pricey Side of Leslieville Home Ownership
Everything within walking distance of the Queen Street East strip (and 24-hour Queen streetcar), from Coxwell to Broadview, is in demand. Since this is the closest community to the downtown core, it is possible that we will see real estate prices in Leslieville rising to match, or exceed, Riverdale and The Beaches.
Search current Leslieville listings to see how location affects prices.
The More Affordable Side of Leslieville Real Easte
Leslieville becomes more affordable north of Dundas all the way up to the tracks. And while it's a bit of a hike to the latest new restaurants on Queen Street East, prices are considerably cheaper. You won’t have the same kind of nighttime ‘buzz’ that you have on Queen, but you can’t beat Little India or Chinatown Two for great shopping and affordable restaurants.
Consider Danforth Village.
Prices are generally lower, there is not as much demand, and you are right on the subway line. I think it will be the next East End Toronto neighbourhood to 'pop.' Take a look at current Danforth Village Listings.
In some areas you are as close to the water as you would be in The Beaches, but without all the traffic, crowds and festival hoopla. You can easily ride your bike (or walk) anywhere you want to go, including downtown to work. In other words, you don’t necessarily need a car.
Leslieville's main shopping district runs along historic Queen Street East. You would never know that it used to look like a strip of ‘down-on-your-luck’ greasy spoons and aging hardware stores. Renewed interest in the neighbourhood has attracted popular restaurants, shops, galleries, antique stores and bakeries to the area. Chic restaurants like Bonjour Brioche and Joy Bistro draw patrons from all around the city.
There are plenty of retro-boutiques, specialty stores and unique offerings in every category imaginable. Most of these stores are small and independently owned, and that seems to suit the local residents just fine.
The north side of Toronto Leslieville, along Gerrard Street between Greenwood and Coxwell, has become known as the ‘India Bazaar’. This is the commercial centre of Toronto's East Indian community and may be the largest ethnic market of East Indian goods, fashions, fabrics, jewellery and food in North America.
The smell of incense and the sound of music provide an exotic backdrop to the shops on this street. The clothing stores sell imported silk fabrics, and the restaurant vendors barbecue spicy corn on the cob out on the sidewalk.
Still on Gerrard Street, running from Broadview most of the way to Greenwood, there is a thriving Chinese-Vietnamese community. The traditional grocery stores and restaurants of Chinatown Two make shopping and eating out affordable and enjoyable. There is great diversity throughout the neighbourhood.
The Opera House (concerts – not opera) rocks with great acts, acoustics and low-budget ticket prices. The Opera House is located at 735 Queen Street East.
Great Activities Near Toronto Leslieville
The Leslie Street Spit and Tommy Thompson Park are south of the residential area in Leslieville. Here you will find Cherry Beach, the Outer Harbour Marina, Westwood Sailing Club and the Outer Harbour Sailing Federation, offering sailing, canoeing, kayaking and sailboarding clubs. In some cases you can buy an affordable membership that includes use of the club boats.
Leslieville is a great place to be a kid. Considering it's a semi-urban environment, there is a lot of greenspace. The waterfront is nearby, and there are a number of parks, including Greenwood Park with its artificial ice rink, pool, playground and three baseball diamonds. The city's best birding spot is just outside your door at the Leslie Street Spit.
With the rise of young professional families living in the area, the quality of Leslieville schools has become very good. There are some excellent extracurricular activities and the children are able to enjoy a very urban, up-and-coming lifestyle.
There is a sudden rise in the development of condos and lofts in Leslieville. Like much of the 'old' City of Toronto, the new developments in the area include several exciting factory loft condo conversions and new build condominium projects. And there will be more to come!
The people who live in Leslieville are mostly young professionals and small families looking for something more exciting than the suburban, minivan lifestyle. People of all ages who value proximity to downtown and have an eye on the future are attracted to Leslieville.
Homeowners that share a sense of ownership in their community are also drawn to Leslieville. This means that they are more likely to participate in urban planning decisions that will impact and define their neighbourhood for years to come. It's good for quality of life - and property values.
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