Leslieville is a lovely, gem of a neighbourhood in East Toronto whose southern border is Queen St East. It has become one of Toronto's most coveted neighbourhoods - known for its vintage shops, local cafés, fashion houses that rival Bloor Street, and some of the best brunch spots that Canada has ever tasted. But this powerhouse locale hasn't always been at the top of the list. Did you know that Leslieville actually got its start as a small village that was home to Toronto's up-and-coming film industry?
While packed with some of the best destinations in Toronto, much of what keeps people clamouring to call it home begins with its remarkable history.
In the 1850s, Leslieville's population was largely made up of gardeners and brick makers - residents who took great pride in the neighbourhood's success and growth. You might not know this, but one of the area's first buildings - Leslieville Public School - first opened its doors to children in 1863 with Alexander Muir as its principal. Muir was a Canadian songwriter, poet, soldier, and of course schoolmaster.
Inspired by a maple tree that towered over the school, Muir wrote The Maple Leaf Forever to celebrate the Confederation of Canada. That tree is still standing to this very day and has become the neighbourhood's most famous landmark. Like I always say, come for the history, stay for the food and shopping!
You can grab a fresh baguette, loaf of bread or handmade dessert on your way home from work at the iconic Brick Street Bakery. This quaint spot continues to impress even the most discerning taste buds. You just might want to invest in a pair of stretchy pants...
Searching for the best cheese plate money can buy? You'll quickly become a frequent customer of the Leslieville Cheese Market.
Finally, if you want arguably the best brunch in town, you'll want to wake up early to jump in line for Lady Marmalade's classics with a modern twist. Bring those stretchy pants!
With its close proximity to the core, you'd assume Leslieville would resemble many other crowded neighbourhoods engulfed by the city's rapid growth. In fact, it is relaxed and largely untouched by big box retailers and chartered bus tours. One of the most unique things about Leslieville is that it still feels a little like a sleepy, small village, albeit with killer brunch spots and all the antique shopping you could want.
Streets lined with cozy homes, eclectic stores, parks, friendly neighbours and towering trees make it feel like you're closer to the cottage than the Financial District. The beauty and peace in this part of town makes it a perfect spot to raise a family, escape the chaos of downtown or connect to a more laidback lifestyle of good food, experiences and people.
Families feel safe, businesses see opportunity and young professionals see a perfect middle point between urban and suburban. There's something for everyone and Leslieville is truly an environment full of unique character, charm and serenity.
Whether you're looking to buy a home with a backyard, a townhouse to start a family in, a modern condo, or just looking to visit a part of Toronto that offers up an unforgettable experience, Leslieville has it all!
Detached Homes: $613,579
Semi-Detached Homes: $542,192
*Average 2012 sale prices
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