Leaside is a high-profile upper-middle-class neighbourhood in Toronto. Its borders include the Canadian Pacific railway tracks, Laird Drive, Gundy Park, Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East.
The neighbourhood got its name from William Sea, whose family was amongst the first to reside in the area. The popular neighbourhood is one of the most expensive real estate districts in Toronto due to its favourable features. It has good schools, recreational and sporting facilities, convenient public transit, and great shopping facilities on Bayview Avenue. Not to mention the abundant parkland and green space.
The Leaside started as an industrial area with a few residential houses for the workers. Growth started to slow down after the First World War because of the low demand for shells. And other war materials which were some of the products manufactured by the factories. Its new developments are now more residential with most of the factories moving out or closing down.