If there is one neighbourhood in Toronto that people are devoted to, it’s Leaside. Families move in when their children are young and often stay for a lifetime. The reason they stay is that they can’t imagine a community that is more in tune with warm, traditional, family values or where specialty shops and so many conveniences are just a short walk away. Leaside is a place where neighbours truly feel at home with each other. The many parks, community centres, top-rated schools, and diverse and plentiful selection of restaurants and boutiques on Bayview Avenue have made Leaside one of the most coveted neighbourhoods in Toronto for generations.
It is interesting to note that Leaside is a historically significant community because it was the first town in Ontario to be completely planned on paper before the building began. Built during the 1930s and 1940s, Leaside homes were modeled on the Tudor style and their interiors are filled with detailed paneling trim, hardwood floors and log burning fireplaces. A healthy mix of detached, semi-detached, and bungalow homes populate the neighbourhood and many are being updated with tasteful renovations or have been completely rebuilt. The peripheral streets of Leaside now have exclusive condominiums and townhouse developments.
An advantage of buying a home in Leaside is that the schools in this neighbourhood are known to be some of the best in the city. For more information, please visit the Toronto District School Board website at www.tdsb.on.ca
Junior Public Schools
Bessborough Drive Elementary and Middle School
Grades JK - 8
Northlea Public School
Grades JK - 8
Rolph Road Elementary School
Grades JK - 6
St. Anselm Catholic SchoolSenior Public Schools
Grades JK - 8
Leaside High School
Grades 9 - 12
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Named to honour those who fought in WWII and first opened to the community in 1951, Leaside Memorial Gardens has recently been revamped, expanded and modernized. Having been the absolute centre of recreational activity in Leaside for more than 50 years, it continues to be so with two ice rinks, a swimming pool, curling rink and special event auditorium. Leaside Memorial Gardens is home to these well-known and well-respected organizations:
• Leaside Hockey Association
• Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association
• Leaside Skating Club
Another advantage of living in Leaside is the proximity residents enjoy to these three beautiful parks which round out the recreational opportunities in Leaside.
Trace Manes Park is in South Leaside and is the home of the Leaside Tennis Club. There is also a busy playground and a baseball diamond where local leagues compete in friendly tournaments. The popular Leaside Public Library (with a wonderful children’s area) is also happily situated in Trace Manes Park.
Howard Talbot Park is set back from the south side Eglinton Avenue in a low-lying green space and features two heavily used baseball diamonds for local youth and adult teams. Leaside High School sits at the eastern edge of this park.
Serena Gundy Park and Wilket Creek Park make up part of the spectacular ravine and park area known as Sunnybrook Park. With a paved exercise trail for runners and bikers, sports fields, picnic areas, and Sunnybrook Stables, a fully operational horseback riding school, Sunnybrook Park gives residents of Leaside and the surrounding community ample opportunity to enjoy nature right at their doorstep.
Leaside is a neighbourhood in midtown Toronto that is well serviced by public transit. Buses weave from Eglinton Ave. down through Leaside (and Moore Park) to deposit passengers at St. Clair Station, on the north-south Yonge-University subway line. Buses also travel along Bayview Ave. and Eglinton Ave. to bring commuters to Eglinton Station, which is also on the Yonge-University line. Leaside is close to the Don Valley Parkway, which gives drivers quick access north to Hwy 401 or south to the Gardiner Expressway.
10 minute drive to Bloor Street shopping
10 minute drive to downtown Toronto via Bayview Extension
20 minute drive to major highways and expressways
One of the benefits of living in Leaside is the opportunity to casually stroll the main shopping area of Bayview Avenue which is a regular pastime for the residents. Specialty food shops such as Cobb’s Bakery, De La Mer Seafood, White House Meats and Cumbrae’s Butchers, offer the finest selection of fresh food imaginable.
The choice of restaurants in this area of Leaside is astounding too. From city-renowned chicken wings, to family favourite Originals, to the convivial McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon and Grill, families always have a place to enjoy time together. For a quieter atmosphere, residents of Leaside enjoy delicious fare from Amaya (Indian food) and Riz (Thai).
At the northeast corner of Bayview and Eglinton, in Sunnybrook Plaza, more convenient shopping can be found, and when bigger purchases are on the list, the shops of Leaside Centre await.