Suite Life neighbourhood spotlight: Leslieville

The neighbourhood bounded by the Canadian National railway line and Gerrard to the north, Empire to the west, Eastern to the south and Coxwell to the east has transformed dramatically over just 10 years. Once a haven for light industry, it’s now a highly prized residential area with skyrocketing property values and raft of condominiums in development. Adding to its cachet is the fact that it features some of the most in-demand brunch spots in town, a clutch of cool bars, a burgeoning food scene and great places to stay fit and get beautiful. Don’t ­assume, however, that Leslieville has succumbed to all-out gentrification. It’s still a go-to destination for vintage shoppers and, generally speaking, funk is definitely still a factor.

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