Leslieville is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated east of the Don River. It is bounded by the Canadian National railway line and Gerrard Street to the north, Empire Avenue to the west, Eastern Avenue to the south, and Coxwell Avenue.
Leslieville once mainly housed those who worked in the factories, and their departure has greatly changed the area. The reduction in air pollution and fumes has made it much more appealing to middle and creative class members.
It is a neighbourhood that gentrified rapidly between 2000 and 2010 when it was commonly referred to as an up-and-coming neighbourhood: new restaurants, shops, and cafés catering to its new populace popping up.
In 2005, an article in the New York Times proclaimed Leslieville to be Toronto’s hippest place to dine, drink, shop and live. As a result, several industrial buildings in the immediate area, including north along Carlaw, have been revamped into condominiums.
Despite the average house costing just under a million dollars, it still has a largely working-class and middle-class sensibility. Most of Leslieville is middle class. Large film studios have opened in some of the former industrial areas, including Cinevillage and Showline Studios. In the Port Lands area, the massive new Pinewood Toronto Studios have been built just to the south.