Average Home Price: $392,471 (2008) 

Most common housing type: Semi-detached, 2 storey 3 bedroom 

The elusive detached: 30.6% 

Keeping up with the Joneses?  Duke of Connaught Jr/Sr is ranked #2311 out of 2742 Ontario elementary schools.  Parents’ average income is $41,800


Houseflies around the city answer our questions… 

My average neighbour is – 30’s, married eco warrier with 1 child and 1 dog or old school Leslievillian 

What do you love about your neighborhood?  Relaxed vibe and indie charm make Leslieville a fun place for hipster nuclear families.   Neighbours are uber friendly and residents are fiercely loyal to the community.  This is the little neighborhood that could.    

What do you like least about your neighborhood?  No decent grocery stores.  Very little green space.  Salty characters that give the neighborhood its “edge”. 

They like me, they REALLY like me! Leslieville makes a splash in the New York Times

What do you wish you knew before you bought in the area?  We rented in Leslieville before buying so were well aware of the pros and cons.   One annoying issue if you live further south – the water filtration plant on Eastern Avenue fills the hood with a rotting vegetable like stench on summer days.   

Best places to dine?  Lady Marmalade, Tomi-Kro, Okay Okay 

Best places to caffeinate?  Mercury , Te-aro, Lil Bean and Green Café n’ Play 

Best places to get boozy?  Ceilegh Cottage, The Curzon, The Roy 

Best places to shop?  Baby on the Hip / Kids on the Hip, Damzels , Machine Age Modern , GUFF, Leslieville Cheese Market, Wanderlust – a magical shopping festivus in November 

Best places to toss a frisbee?  Greenwood Park, Jimmie Simpson Park, Hideaway Park 

Best street / worst street and why? 

Hideaway Park, the Secret Garden of Leslieville. Dogs rip it up off leash after 6pm.

Worst street:  Empire Ave – shortcut for commuters looking to beat traffic jams on Eastern and home to Hell’s Angels Toronto headquarters

Best street:   Brooklyn Ave – a beautiful Victorian tree-lined street that backs onto Hideaway Park, a hidden gem for dog owners and small human owners alike 

Must drive or TTC friendly?  The 501 Queen streetcar is an easy but slow journey downtown – a trip from Leslie to Yonge takes around 35 minutes in rush hour.  Buses to the subway line are fast but not frequent enough.  The bike lane on Dundas promises a speedy ride downtown.  Driving is a breeze with wide streets and ample parking. 

Typical Leslieville contradiction - one lovely street of well-maintained semi's "kept real" by a bizarre tribute to stuffed animals

Recent Nabe Sales: 

Queen/Greenwood, Semi-Detached, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, shared parking 

List:  $409,000 

Sold:  $486,000 (118% of list, Feb 2010) 

The Deets:  What A Find! Picture Perfect Semi On This Friendly Tree Lined Street Just Steps To The Park. Totally Reno’d White Kitchen, & Bath. Warm Master Bdrm Has Vaulted Ceilings And Loads Of Custom Closets. Sunfilled Den Has Newer Wrap Around Windows.Open Concept Main Flr W/ New Hdwd Flrs. 1 Car Pad Parking. Enclosed Front Porch Perfect For Strollers. High Bright Bsmt. Sunroom Easily Converted Into 3rd Bedroom. 

Dundas/Brooklyn, Detached, 5 beds, 3 beds, 2 parking spots 

List:  $749,000 

Sold:  $825,000 (110% of list, Oct 2009) 

The Deets:  Beautifully Reno d Detached 5 Bedr Family Home W/ Private Drive + Lane Access To Barn-Like 2 Story Garage. Totally Rebuilt From The Studs Out!Crown & Floor Mldgs.,All New Loewen Windows. Roof(09), Exciting Eat-In Kitchen W/Granite Counters+Detailed Tin Ceiling,New Hardwood Flooring. Lots Of Built-Ins, Lovingly Restored/Renovation Done By/For Present Owners. Quality & Location. Large Lot W/Garden & Children s Playhouse.**** EXTRAS **** Fridge, Bertozzoni Gas… 

Leslieville 4 Life – “High Park fails to entice Leslieville couple”, Globe and Mail 

Leslieville goes Global – “36 Hours in Toronto“, New York Times


3 Responses to “Leslieville”

  1. […] Leave a Comment  For this week’s House Crush, I ventured to my old stomping grounds in Leslieville.  After checking out a fat papa bear in the Beach at Queen/Woodbine, I decided to mix it up and […]

  2. […] the last week of April, friends of mine considered making an offer on 49 Empire Avenue, a charming Leslieville semi at Queen/Logan.  It listed for $549,000 and sold for $570,000, $21,000 over asking.  I was […]

  3. […] – Four bedroom, two bathroom Victorian semi-detached in Leslieville. Da hood. Photo by Spacing. Photo by New York […]

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