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Neighbourhoods

Leslieville | Liberty Village | King West

Leslieville 

Leslieville is located between Carlaw Avenue and Coxwell Avenue, flanked by the railway line north of Dundas Street East and Eastern Avenue to the south. Begun as a small village back in the 1850’s, the area grew up around the Toronto Nurseries owned by George Leslie and sons.

While Leslieville has retained its small village character, with its cozy houses, quaint stores and tree-lined streets, it has also been revitalized by the “Hollywood North” studio district along Eastern Avenue, where former warehouses and industrial buildings have been converted into lofts, film studios and production houses. It is not surprising then that Leslieville has become popular with young professionals looking for good value in a neighbourhood close to the downtown core.

Leslieville’s older houses along Queen West and south to Eastern Avenue were built in the late 1800s. They include Ontario Cottages, Second Empire row houses and Victorian houses. Leslieville’s second generation of houses, north of Queen Street, was built in the early 1900s. This district includes modest detached and semi-detached houses, as well as a large number of bungalows that are among the tiniest houses in Toronto. The neighbourhood’s newest housing stock includes a variety of condominium-loft ownership opportunities, many of them built in former industrial buildings that have a beautiful aesthetic, lending an urban charm to the neighbourhood.

Source: Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, Volume 4 by David Dunkelman

Liberty Village 

Liberty Village is located in the west end of downtown Toronto, located between Dufferin Street and Strachan Avenue, and flanked by King Street West to the north and the railway line to the south. This neighbourhood is attracting young professionals in the media, high-tech and design businesses who live and work in the urban core. There is a gritty, urban feel and a unique vibrancy to Liberty Village, which emanates from the red brick Victorian industrial architecture that dominates the streetscape. The tall chimney smoke stacks that project from of these old buildings serve as neighbourhood landmarks.

Homes in Liberty Village range from nodules of new townhouses to hard lofts in restored industrial buildings which feature soaring ceilings, huge windows and exposed brick. New concrete and glass condo towers provide an ultra-modern contrast to the older buildings in the area.

Source: Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, Volume 4 by David Dunkelman

King West 

King West is located on King Street West between Bathurst and Dufferin Streets. Street names in this neighbourhood are reminiscent of its military past, when it was part of a military garrison for the fledgling Town of York. Historic Fort York is still standing on Garrison Road, between Bathurst Street and Strachan Avenue.

The physical and social centre of this neighbourhood is Stanley Park, a multi-recreational facility that is well used by area residents. The King West community offers residents convenient access to Toronto’s Financial and Entertainment districts, and is also very handy to the Rogers Centre, Exhibition Place, Harbourfront and the Toronto Islands. Many King West residents are young urban professionals employed in the high-tech, media and arts companies that have converged on this part of the city.

Houses in King West are a mix of historic Second Empire row houses and cozy one story Ontario Cottages built in the 1870s and 1880s. There are also pockets of newer townhouse and urban loft developments that reflect the renewed demand for housing in this historic Toronto neighbourhood.

Source: Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, Volume 4 by David Dunkelman

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