Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Walk to markets, bakeries, and cafés
Commute to Toronto by streetcar
Walk or bike to Lake Ontario beaches
Once gritty and industrial, the east-end Toronto neighborhood of Leslieville (population 27,000) has gained traction as families, artists, and business owners arrive in droves, lured by the fashionable scene, safe streets, proximity to local beaches, and—at least by pricey Toronto standards—the affordable housing offered here. "Leslieville has completely changed in the past three years," says Jasmin George, who works at the children's boutique Baby on the Hip. It's one of many new businesses, including pubs, restaurants, and a cheese shop, that have opened in Leslieville in recent years.
Shown: Torontonians with kids are gobbling up Leslieville’s old rowhouses on quiet avenues.