Leslieville is one of Toronto’s most sought-after, but still affordable neighbourhoods. Located between The Beaches and the Film District it features some great restaurants, vintage furniture, fashion and design stores.
Built in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Leslieville’s original properties were modest Victorian detached and semi-detached homes, as well as a few bungalows that are amongst some of Toronto’s smallest houses. Many have now been renovated, extended, and a few have been entirely rebuilt.
The neighbourhood grew up around the Toronto Nurseries, owned by George Leslie, after whom the original village was named. Leslieville Public School’s first principal was Alexander Muir, the composer of “The Maple Leaf Forever.” The maple tree which inspired him still stands at the corner of Laing Street and Memory Lane.
The main shopping area is along Queen Street East, which connects to downtown via the streetcar. “Little India” on Gerrard Street, west of Coxwell, is a feast for the senses with its many restaurants, specialty grocery stores and sari shops.
Many Leslieville residents choose not to own a car, preferring to walk, ride their bikes or take public transit, although there is easy access to both the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway.