What it once was…

True in 1972…Aspirational today??

Expansive suites…surrounded by trees, ravines, water and sky….

Exquisite views, unrivaled in Toronto….

Every conceivable amenity….

Intended to be the best rental buildings in Canada, Leaside Towers has dominated the East York skyline since the early seventies. The developers planned the buildings for long term tenants—85 for families and 95 for adults only. Both buildings were “pet friendly” from the beginning (something almost unheard of in Toronto rentals). The landlord even reconfigured apartment units per tenant requests.

Unlike most rental properties in the GTA, tenants from the early years still live here, some for almost fifty years. They remember features available today in only the fanciest condos. Heat and air conditioning all year, all the time, that automatically switched between cooling and heating as temperatures rose and fell. Driveways that melted snow as it touched the ground. Car jockeys. Double windows and insulated, soundproof walls. High speed elevators with oiled wood interiors and no-touch buttons. Real concierge service (then called “doormen”) who accepted and stored parcels and opened doors for tenants. Multiple lobbies with comfortable furnishings. Furnished lounge areas with TV adjacent to laundry rooms that had air conditioning and ravine views. Corridors with marble, grass cloth, and hardwood paneled walls and custom lighting. Built-in telephone and cable TV outlets. Daily maintenance “walkabouts” and common area cleaning. And, most importantly, a large full time staff that took pride in its work and a landlord who took pride in his legacy achievement.

What it is now (and what might it become?)

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