In this Neighbourhood Guide, you'll find out more about the people who live here as well as the schools, parks and recreation facilities, homes, and more.

Neighbourhood Vibe

Leaside feels like a charming village in the heart of the city, with a strong sense of community.

Property Pulse

Leaside homes are predominantly single-family houses, with attractive features like spacious yards and modern amenities.

Community Canvas

Leaside is a diverse community, with a mix of highly educated residents and families with children of all ages.

What You'll Love

You'll love the vibrant shopping and dining scene on Bayview Avenue, as well as the excellent schools and parks.

Have a look around Leaside.

Leaside has a consistent population, is higher income, and is popular with highly educated people, families with kids under 5, families with kids aged 5 to 9, families with teens, people in their 40s, and people in their 50s. Leaside is right in the centre of the city, but it feels like a village. The area takes its name from William Lea and the Lea family, who settled there in the early years of the nineteenth century. It has developed into a shopping destination filled with boutiques and restaurants that line Bayview Avenue. Demographically, the Leaside community is made up predominantly of single-family homes housing upper-middle-class families. The southern tip of the neighbourhood is known as Bennington Heights.

People & Families in Leaside

Families with kids make up 50% of households in this neighbourhood, while couples without children make up 20% of households and 28% of households are one person living alone. People in Leaside come from 120 different ethnic origins, and 22% are first-generation immigrants, while 28% are second-generation immigrants.

Neighbourhood Households

6,450

Neighbourhood Population

16,828

Household Size

  • 1 person - 27%
  • 2 persons - 26%
  • 3 persons - 15%
  • 4 persons - 21%
  • 5 or more persons - 8%

Household Types

  • One-person households - 27%
  • Non-family households - 1%
  • Families with children - 49%
  • Couples without children - 19%
  • Multiple families in household - 0%

Children Per Family

  • 1 child - 25%
  • 2 children - 33%
  • 3 or more children - 11%

Broad Age Ranges

  • 0 to 14 years - 19%
  • 15 to 64 years - 65%
  • 65 years and over - 15%

Most Common Ethnic Origins

  • English - 33%
  • Scottish - 27%
  • Irish - 25%
  • Canadian - 22%
  • German - 10%

Age of Primary Household Maintainer

  • 15 to 24 years - 0%
  • 25 to 34 years - 6%
  • 35 to 44 years - 17%
  • 45 to 54 years - 27%
  • 55 to 64 years - 22%
  • 65 to 74 years - 13%
  • 75 to 84 years - 7%
  • 85 years and over - 4%

Specific Age Groups

  • 0 to 4 years - 4%
  • 5 to 9 years - 7%
  • 10 to 14 years - 7%
  • 15 to 19 years - 6%
  • 20 to 29 years - 8%
  • 30 to 39 years - 8%
  • 40 to 49 years - 16%
  • 50 to 59 years - 16%
  • 60 to 69 years - 9%
  • over 70 years - 7%

Leaside Schools

This neighbourhood has great elementary schools, great secondary schools, elementary special programs, and secondary special programs. There are 14 public schools, 6 Catholic schools, and 3 private schools serving Leaside. The special programs offered at local schools include International Baccalaureate, Montessori, French Immersion, and Advanced Placement.

Public Schools

14

Catholic Schools

6

Private Schools

3

Having Fun in Leaside

Fun is easy to find at the many parks & rec facilities here. Parks in Leaside feature playgrounds for kids, sports parks, dog parks, skating, and nature parks. There are 12 parks in Leaside, with 64 recreational facilities in total. The average number of facilities per park is 5.

Number of Parks

12

Number of Recreation Facilities

64

Recreation Facilities in Neighbourhood Parks

  • Playgrounds - 6
  • Dog Parks - 3
  • Pool - 1
  • Arena - 1
  • Rinks - 10
  • Tennis Courts - 10
  • Ball Diamonds - 4
  • Sports Fields - 14
  • Track - 1
  • Community Centre - 1
  • Splash Pads - 2
  • Outdoor Games Facilities - 2
  • Equestrian Facility - 1
  • Trails - 5
  • Nature Centre - 1
  • Arts/Performance Facility - 1
  • Fitness/Weight Room - 1
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Getting Around in Leaside

There are 152 transit stops in this neighbourhood. Rail stations include Rosedale Station. In Leaside, there are mostly vehicle commuters, most commute within the city, and people have mostly medium commutes.

Commute Destination for Residents

  • Commute within the city - 89%
  • Commute to another city - 11%

Commute Types

  • Vehicle - 65%
  • Transit - 24%
  • Walk/bike - 9%

Commute Times of Residents

  • 15 to 29 minutes - 36%
  • 30 to 44 minutes - 27%
  • 45 to 59 minutes - 12%
  • 60 minutes and over - 7%
  • Less than 15 minutes - 16%

Work and Education in Leaside

This neighbourhood is popular with highly educated people, with 69% of adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher and 86% having any postsecondary education. The professional, scientific and technical services industry is the most common for residents.

Household Income

  • Under $30,000 - 7%
  • $30,000 to $39,999 - 4%
  • $40,000 to $49,999 - 4%
  • $50,000 to $59,999 - 4%
  • $60,000 to $69,999 - 4%
  • $70,000 to $79,999 - 4%
  • $80,000 to $89,999 - 4%
  • $90,000 to $99,999 - 3%
  • $100,000 to $124,999 - 8%
  • $125,000 to $149,999 - 5%
  • $150,000 to $199,999 - 10%
  • $200,000 and over - 34%

Most Common Occupations (Top 3)

  • Business, finance and administration occupations - 21%
  • Management occupations - 19%
  • Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services - 17%

Most Common Industries (Top 3)

  • Professional, scientific and technical services - 19%
  • Finance and insurance - 13%
  • Health care and social assistance - 9%

Employment

  • Employed - 63% of people over age 15 are employed
  • Unemployed - 4% are unemployed
  • Not in the labour force - 31% are retired, students, homemakers, etc.

Leaside Homes

In this neighbourhood, there are a mix of home types. Leaside has a consistent population, with 30% of households having moved within the past 5 years and 8% having moved within the past year. It has mostly older homes and is mostly owner-occupied.

Home Types

  • Single-detached house - 55%
  • Semi-detached house - 12%
  • Duplex - 0%
  • Row house - 1%
  • Low-rise apartment/condo - 21%
  • High-rise apartment/condo - 8%

Condominium Status

  • Condominium - 6%
  • Not condominium - 92%

Number of Bedrooms in Homes

  • 1 bedroom - 15%
  • 2 bedrooms - 18%
  • 3 bedrooms - 35%
  • No bedrooms - 1%
  • 4 or more bedrooms - 28%

Period of Home Construction

  • 1961 to 1980 - 10%
  • 1981 to 1990 - 2%
  • 1991 to 2000 - 4%
  • 2001 to 2005 - 3%
  • 2006 to 2010 - 3%
  • 2011 to 2016 - 3%
  • 1960 or before - 71%

Renters & Owners

  • Owner - 72%
  • Renter - 27%
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