Leslieville was born in the 1850s, and grew up around the Toronto Nurseries, owned by George Leslie. Original residents were either gardeners or employed at the area’s brick-making factories. From this proud working-class past comes a booming neighbourhood that now boasts a strongly middle-class sensibility. It’s home to a very hip dining scene, an array of trendy independent shops (from vintage furniture to the latest fashion), and a highly artistic local fabric—made up of photographers, graphic designers, painters and musicians. It’s been described as “Toronto’s Brooklyn.” It’s constantly being labelled “the next big thing.” But, residents would prefer to keep it the way it is: one of the city’s most relaxing spots to spend a day. Or, better yet, a life.