Neighbourhood Faceoff: Danforth vs. Leslieville

For the past seven years, I’ve called the east end home. I spend most of my time in the downtown/west end, but I love being able to retreat to somewhere more low key at the end of the day. As a Realtor, I get asked tons of questions about different neighbourhoods in the city, and when people choose to move east, it’s usually to the Danforth or Leslieville. Though they’re close to one another, they both have their own characteristics that make them unique and are therefore suited better for certain people.

I don’t like to play favourites, but who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Introducing the first instalment in my Neighbourhood Face-Off series, Danforth vs. Leslieville.

Danforth

Claim to fame: The neighbourhood boasts a busy main strip with restaurants, pubs, shops and more. Host of the annual Taste of the Danforth festival, there’s a great sense of community as it is one of Toronto’s older neighbourhoods. Though Greek food is (obviously) in abundance here, there’s no shortage of sushi, brunch and good old pub food here. Plus, if you’re up for a bit of a walk south on Broadview, you can grab a coffee at one of my personal favourite spots, Rooster Coffee House – they have the most amazing view of Riverdale park.

Your neighbours are probably: a friendly family or empty nesters who enjoyed their time living downtown, but opted for more square footage and a yard over condo amenities.

Average sold price (YTD): $856,132

New developments: Westwood at Pape Village, 1177 Danforth Avenue

Transportation/Transit:
• Easy access to the DVP
• Full TTC access – subway, bus and streetcar
• Danforth GO Station

Health:
• Toronto East General Hospital

Recreation:
• Withrow Park
• Kempton Howard Park
• Monarch Park
• Frankland Community Centre
• Save the Earl Beatty Community Centre
• Moksha Yoga
• Buns of Steel Bootcamp
• Goodlife Fitness

Entertainment Venues:
• Danforth Music Hall
• Black Swan Comedy

Education:
• Frankland Community School
• Riverdale Collegiate Institute
• St Patrick Catholic Secondary School
• Holy Name Catholic School

Walkscore: 98%

Perfect for you if: you value convenience but prefer to be away from the hustle of downtown. Great if you rely on the TTC as your main mode of transport as there are a multitude of lines to get you both in and out of the city.

Not so perfect if: you’re a party animal. Things tend to shut down relatively early here compared to the west end, so this area is best suited for those who live a low-key lifestyle.

Leslieville

Claim to fame: With it’s A+ brunch spots, antique shops and independent retailers, Leslieville on a Sunday is the definition of quaint. Victorian row homes sit on tree line avenues surrounding the main Queen Street strip, and anything over three storeys is few and far between. Yogis have tons of options to find inner peace with multiple studios, joggers and cyclists can head down to Lakeshore, and there’s nothing quite like a leisurely morning stroll down Queen East.

Your neighbours are probably: a career driven couple in the arts and entertainment industry, with a great sense of style and a well dressed dog, toddler or both.

Average sold price (YTD): $671,989

New developments:
• i-Zone Lofts
• 875 Queen Street East
• Lofts on Queen
• Leslieville Mews
• Oben Flats

Transportation/Transit:
• Easy access to Lakeshore
• Queen Streetcar

Health:
• Primacy Leslieville Medical Centre

Recreation:
•Leslie Grove Park
• Jimmie Simpson Park
• SH Armstrong Community Centre
• Leslieville Yoga
• Spirit Loft Yoga
• YOGAAthletix
• Leslieville Personal Fitness

Entertainment Venues:
• Opera House

Education:
• Bruce Junior Public School
• Riverdale Collegiate Institute
• St Patrick Catholic Secondary School
• Kew Park Montessori Day School

Walkscore: 95%

Perfect for you if: You love a small town vibe but can’t bear to leave the city. Located just a short drive or streetcar ride to the beaches, you can take full advantage of one of the best neighbourhoods to spend Toronto summers. 

Not so perfect if: You work strict hours, and rely strictly on public transit to get around. There are two major streetcar lines (Dundas and Queen) which aren’t the most dependable in the winter months.

The Verdict

Time to vote! Which neighbourhood do you prefer?

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