Back in the 1850’s Leslivlle began as a small Village that that housed residents that either worked as gardeners or were employed by one of the many brick making companies.
In 1987 Green and white Leslieville signs were installed along Queen Street. These historic markers are symbolic of a renewed interest and pride in Leslieville.
Today people would say that Leslieville Starts at Broadview and runs to Leslie Street on the east and from Gerrard down to below Eastern Avenue.
For years Leslieville was a stand-in for Riverdale. Those who couldn’t afford to buy in Riverdale would buy in Leslieville and worked towards buying their move up house to Riverdale. Today Leslieville has become a very desirable neighbourhood sought after by many.
Just west of Broadview on Queen Street the introduction of condominium loft apartment welcome you to Leslieville along Queen Street. The renewal of business including specialty stores like Cheese & deli’s, bakeries, trendy restaurants furniture stores and clothing stores and markets make for an ideal Commercial street servicing the neighboring residential streets.
Jimmie Simpson Park is a wonderful park in the middle of this neighbourhood. The Park has 2 tennis courts, one soccer pitch and a four net outdoor basketball court and on baseball diamond and an outdoor ice rink. The Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre has two pools, a large 25 meter pool and a smaller toddle pool and offers a wide range of Aquafit programs.
South of Queen street on Eastern Ave, which was mostly industrial buildings, large film studios have opened, including Cinevillage, Showline Studios and Pinewood Film Studios. The Film industry has brought many famous Hollywood actors frequenting the Queen street coffee shops and restaurants.
The wide range of housing styles here consist of semi detached 2 and 3 storey homes, sweet little bungalows, detached and grand old Victorian homes (a few with coach houses) and some newer Townhouse. Condos and Lofts are also making their mark on the neighbourbood . This Renewal of Leslivlle has raised real estate values and made this a very hip and happening neighbourhood.