The community’s high street, Bayview Avenue, has a great mix of stores ranging from home décor and fashion to high-end food emporiums. There’s White House Meat’s, Alex’s Cheeses, Badali’s Fruit Market, and Cumbrae’s flagship store, to name a few. Whole Foods recently completed building a new store on Bayview Avenue, providing the community with yet another option for organic food and eco-friendly housewares.
Residents have their choice of restaurants, bars, and cafes here, including local favourites like Olde York Fish and Chips and Adamson Barbecue. Local Leaside is a great place to grab a drink and enjoy some pub classics, while LIT Espresso Bar and Creed’s have your coffee needs covered.
Leaside is known for its highly-ranked schools, which include Bessborough Drive Elementary and Middle School, Rolph Road Public School, Northlea Elementary and Middle School, and Leaside High School.
Parks & Recreation
Locals have the recently renovated and expanded Leaside Memorial Arena for skating, swimming, and more, as well as the Leaside Library and Trace Manes Park with tennis courts, a wading pool, and play structure.
The TTC currently services the area with buses, but with the new Eglinton subway set to run right through the community, there will no doubt be a boom to the community in many ways.
Most homes in Leaside were built in the 1930s and 1940s and have a Tudor look.
Like much of the city, Leaside has had many of its homes renovated and expanded over the years. A large number of the bungalows have been either expanded to include a second storey or have been totally rebuilt into much larger homes.