South Riverdale is one of Toronto's most colourful neighbourhoods! We have our own little China Town, Little India and of course the Film District area which includes the hip and popular Leslieville and Riverside Communities.
South Riverdale borders are the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) to the West, The Toronto Port lands including the Quarry and Tommy Thompson Park to the South, The train tracks just north of Gerrard to the North and Greenwood to the East.
One of the more popular communities within South Riverdale is Leslieville. Leslieville began as a small village in the 1850s, which grew up around the Toronto Nurseries owned by George Leslie and sons, after whom the community is named. Most of Leslieville's residents were gardeners or were employed at one of the brick-making factories in the area. In the early 1900's all the land along Eastern Avenue consisted of industrial buildings mainly used for metal processing and leather tanning. Over the years as the area began to gentrify, developers bought up land, cleaned the earth and built new homes, lofts, condos and of course the Film Studios along the Lakeshore, the Canadian Tire complex at Leslie and so on.
Located just west of Leslieville in the South Riverdale Neighbouhood is Riverside. Riverside, much like Leslieville shares a similar past. Now a vibrant gentrified community consisting of great mix of middle to upper class residents. Great restaurants and shops along Queen st and home to some of the nicest Townhouses built(2011) by Urbancorp along Boulton Ave (also on Curzon and in the Beach).
South Riverdale is home to many different types of people, businesses and is a stones throw from the Downtown Core to the West and the Beach to the East.
Born in Budapest, chef owner David Kokai has always been inspired by the tastes of Europe. After a year long trip with his wife photographer Kathleen Finlay traveling and eating their way through Europe, David came back to fulfill his dream of bringing to Toronto his own version of a Paris \'traiteur\'. Named after his four-year-old son, LOIC is a neighborhood place where people can find a great tasting meal without having to go very far as well as being a full service caterer. David draws inspiration from French cuisine while creating his own classics. At fourteen, David began his restaurant career in Toronto. In the eighteen years since, David has perfected his cooking skills at George Brown Culinary School and in great Toronto restaurants including Mercer Street Grill, Sauvignon Bistro and Sequel Restaurant. Opening LOIC Gourmet at Queen and Broadview was an exciting step for David in not only living in the neighbourhood of Riverside, but also operating a business there as well.
Lynn Crawford has a 26 year history of extensive culinary experience. Chef Crawford has traveled throughout Canada and the United States and gained her culinary strength and knowledge by surrounding herself with world renowned Chefs working at top destination restaurants and hotels. Chef Crawford has received tremendous media attention as the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto and New York City and is pegged as Canada's Top Female Chef. To survive in the kitchen requires a mix of tenacity and lack of fear. Chef Crawford marries the characteristics together in perfect harmony.
Gerrard & Carlaw Dog Park
A fantastic City dog park on a once barren piece of land in Toronto. Covered in wood chips and plenty of shade from the sun provided by massive oak\'s. A great place to let your pooch\'s run around and get some much needed exercise.
When Andy Wilkin washed up on the shores of Canada in the late twenty-oughts, he'd come from a place far across the globe where superior coffee roasters were abundant, top shelf cafes lined the streets, and great baristas roamed the land. That place was called Te Aro, New Zealand. With his homeland as inspiration and armed with a vision (and the ability to work on small amounts of sleep), Andy got to work. An old Lesliville car garage morphed into a roastery, a parking lot became a cafe patio, and Andy himself turned into a certified Q Grader, SCAA Cupping Judge, and master roaster. And thus Te Aro Roasted came to be, DOB May 2009. Since then, beans have scored top ratings from Coffee Review, and are now being brewed in Toronto's best cafes and restaurants. Here's the formula: A 25kg Diedrich Roaster, a team of serious coffee nerds with resolute work ethics and prodigious palates, and an unflagging dedication to track down the world's best green beans. We import them at their seasonal peak, then roast them in small batches and blend them with care, precision, and a whole lotta love. We dig long-term, long-distance relationships with our importer and growers, because we like to know the people behind our coffee, and we're not afraid of commitment.
I'm sure by now you've heard about the explosion that occurred at 85 East Liberty Street in Liberty Village. Early reports claimed it was caused by a faulty propane tank but now we have confirmation from various news sources that it was indeed a Meth Lab that caused the explosion that blew out an entire wall of a condo unit and damaged one of the elevators.The big question now is. What happens to all the other condos in the building?
By now some of the Leslieville community has heard of the remaining developer inventory sell off at iZone lofts on Carlaw. Hans Jain and his brother are hoping to create 9 stunning loft conversions in their existing iZone project at 326 Carlaw. I was lucky enough to be the first one through the raw spaces yesterday. These will certainly be the most unique lofts in the area if the Jains can deliver on their proposal. Even if these units look somewhat close to these renderings we'll be impressed.
Eat your way through Leslieville this from 2-4pm this November 23rd! See below for details and tickets.
It's no secret that Leslieville's Queen East (and some mentionables on Carlaw and Gerrard) have become a bit of a foodie destination. We've got down and dirty but amazing food at places like Jim's or uber high end dining experiences at places like Glas Wine Bar. Well, the Leslieville Foodie Tour as part of this years Wanderlust is going to take you on a guided tour of at least 6 of these joints where you will get to meet and greet with the restaurateurs that are innovating and helping our amazing neighbourhood boom into the future.
Would you rather spend $3000 or $15000 to sell you commission bloghome?
When a question is phrased this way the obvious answer is the former. Right? We're not here to bad mouth alternative business models that exist in the Real Estate space. In fact we're happy that the Real Estate space is being "disrupted" by fresh new brokerages with different business models. This needs to happen to service the different types of consumer that exist in our marketplace. We've been studying our market over the past three years and have identified 3 common consumer types.