Why Leaside is so popular with Toronto families
Ask residents of Leaside why they love living there and great schools and fabulous local shopping will be at the top of the list. The area is served by three elementary schools, two middle schools and even its own high school.
- Rolph Road Elementary School
- Bessborough Drive Elementary and Middle School
- Northlea Elementary and Middle School
- Leaside High School
- In additional there is St Anselm’s Catholic School as well as several excellent private schools.
Leaside is a neighbourhood where children can safely walk or ride their bikes to school on winding, tree-canopied streets. If it sounds idyllic, you’re right.
Most homes are within walking distance of Bayview Avenue which features an eclectic selection of shops and restaurants, including antique shops, speciality stores and neighbourhood pubs that attract clientele from all over the city. Many of these stores are geared towards children, reflecting the demographics of this neighbourhood.
Leaside’s newest shopping destination is located just east of Laird Drive, where a formerly industrial area has been transformed and now boasts an impressive collection of national retailers, including two major supermarkets (Longos and Sobeys) as well as major brands such as Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Sport Chek, Winners, Best Buy, HMV and the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario).