Leslieville is a quiet east end neighborhood filled with cozy homes, quaint stores, and tree lined streets. The neighbourhood still has green and white street signs that run along Queen Street which were installed in 1987. The area still feels like a small village despite Leslieville’s close proximity to downtown Toronto.
Situated east of the Don River, Leslieville is a neighbourhood that began as a small village back in the 1850’s. It was named after George Leslie and Sons, the owner of the Toronto Nurseries that were prominent in the village.
Early residents of Leslieville were either market gardeners or were working at one of the several brick making companies that used to operate in the area. The Leslieville Public School was one of the first buildings in the village and was built in 1863
Leslieville has some older house that reside along Queen Street, and south to Eastern Avenue that were built in the late 1800s. Some of the properties in the community include Ontario Cottages, Second Empire row houses and Victorian houses.
The second generation of homes were built in the early 1900’s which are located north of Queen Street. The area also has many detached, semi-detached houses and a number of bungalows that are some of the smallest in Toronto.
There are many amenities and recreational activities available when living in Leslieville. The main shopping district runs along Queen Street and most of the stores are independently owned. The stores tend to cater to the specific needs of the local residents. The well known area on Gerrard Street East between Greenwood Avenue and Coxwell Avenue is known as the ‘India Bazaar’. The is the commercial centre of Toronto’s East Indian community.
Greenwood Park includes three baseball diamonds, an artificial ice rink, a pool, and a playground. There is another park called Jonathan Ashbridge Park on the south side of Queen Street. It features two tennis courts, a children’s playground, and a wading pool. There is also a community centre on Woodfield Road and a Public Library.
The community is bordered by Coxwell Avenue and the Don Valley Parkway on its east and west sides. The north of Leslieville is bounded by Danforth Avenue West and the south is flanked by Lakeshore Boulevard East.
Residents have access to bus or streetcar services on Carlaw, Jones, Greenwood, Coxwell, and Eastern Avenues. Most of these routes link to stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. If driving a vehicle is preferred, motorists can be downtown in minutes. There is close access to Lake Shore Boulevard, the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway.
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