Leaside is by far one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Central Toronto. It's an ideal place to raise your family due to the strong sense of community, the fine selection of schools, the abundant green space, parkland and recreational facilities and one of Toronto's best shopping districts on Bayview Avenue. Furthermore, Leaside has excellent access to public transportation.
In light of its high profile, it is not surprising that Leaside is very desirable and one of the more expensive real estate districts in Central Toronto.
Near by Leaside, you'll find Bennington Heights - one of Toronto's most exclusive and expensive neighbourhoods. Bennington Heights is bound on two sides by the bluffs of the Don River Valley ravine and on the north by Mount Pleasant Cemetery. These natural barriers help preserve the peaceful tranquility of this neighbourhood.
Further south, you'll find yourself in Governor's Bridge. This is an exclusive enclave of approximately one hundred and fifteen homes nestled in a wooded ravine valley which hides the fact that this neighbourhood is just five minutes from downtown Toronto.
There is very little turnover of homes in this highly sought after neighbourhood and its easy to see why once you experience the peace and tranquility that this idyllic setting offers to its residents.
The Leaside community is made up predominantly of single-family homes in traditional Tudor style designs dating from the 1930's and '40's. There is a good mix of two-storey detached and semi-detached houses, and while a large number of Leaside bungalows have been replaced by new custom designed homes, an over-riding effort has been made to keep architectural exterior details in place, such as leaded glass, cut stone and wide wooden trim.
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Leaside Memorial Community Gardens at Millwood Road and Laird is a pillar of this family friendly neighborhood and surrounding neighbourhoods for more than 50 years and one of the community's biggest recreational centers. It features hockey programs, lessons, leisure activity, an ice rink, curling rink, swimming pool and an auditorium.
Leaside residents can enjoy nature and fitness activities in Serena Gundy Park and Sunnybrook Park. There are wide paved trails and large open spaces ideal for bicycle riding, jogging, hiking, and picnics and is a great place to spend quality time with your family.
Sunnybrook Stables is a part of Sunnybrook Farm the 154-hectare country estate of Joseph Kilgour in the late 1800s. It offers riding lessons for children and adults of all skill levels. The stables specialize in dressage and hunt seat classes. Certified instructors provide group lessons as well as private and semi-private. There is an indoor riding arena on site, and many camps and events are offered annually.
Trace Manes Park, located at Millwood Road and McRae Drive intersection is home to Trace Manes CC and the Leaside Tennis Club. As well, there is a baseball diamond, kid's playground and a wading pool with lifeguards. In the winter, an outdoor ice rink is installed for pick up hockey. The Library has a great kid's section and offers weekend programs.
There are four elementary schools with playground equipment for your children to enjoy. The Howard Talbot Park near Leaside High School is host to a multitude of sports activity including a splash pad and various baseball, badminton and soccer programs. Kids love to toboggan here in the winter. Just down the street, you can find the Leaside Lawn Bowling Club.
- Bessborough Drive (Intermediate), 211 Bessborough Drive, 416-396-2315
- Rolph Road (Elementary), 31 Rolph Road, 416-396-2435
- Northlea (Elementary/Middle), 305 Rumsey Road, 416396-2395
- Leaside High School (Secondary), 200 Hanna Road, 416-396-2380
- St. Anselm (Catholic Elementary), 770 Millwood Road, 416-393-5243
- Children's Garden Nursery and Primary, 1847 Bayview Avenue, 416-488-4298
Branksome Hall School, Bishop Strachan School, Crescent School, Havergal College, Junior Academy, St. Clement's School, St. Michael's College, Toronto French School, Upper Canada College, York School
Bus service winds its way through Leaside and connects to the St. Clair subway station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. Bus routes on Bayview and Eglinton Avenues connect to the Davisville and the Eglinton stations on the same line. Motorists can be downtown in 10 minutes via the Bayview extension that also links up with the Don Valley Parkway and a myriad of commuter highways.
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