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Oben Flats Inc.

160 Pears Avenue,
Suite 418
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 3P8

Tel: 416-633-6236

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September 12th, 2017

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Oben Flats – Leslieville Celebrates First Birthday with Summer Rooftop Party

Our Leslieville location is turning one this year so we hosted a party on its rooftop this past Sunday to celebrate. Back dropped by the iconic Toronto skyline and CN Tower, many of our residents, colleagues and friends came out and joined us to celebrate Oben Flats – Leslieville’s first birthday. With a live DJ set from Bellosound, hand-crafted eats from Food Dudes and the cosmic cocktails of BarChef, the party was in full swing and extended the weekend a little longer before we hung it up for the week.

To start it couldn’t have been a better day to host a party, clear sunny sky that offered incredible views of the city that we call home. Atop the building designed by the award-winning architects of Superkül, guests mingled and sipped signature cocktails, danced and enjoyed the festivities until the sun set. Getting the opportunity to celebrate this milestone was truly special for us, and we’re thankful that photographer and filmmaker Darid Barouti was there to capture the whole soiree. Have a look at some of the pics from the party and relive it if you were there, or be jealous that you weren’t.

We’ll see you at the next one.

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July 27th, 2017

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The Bowery Project at Oben Flats

The Bowery Project has taken over our vacant lot on Sherbourne and Gerrard for the second year in a row to their great success! These mobile pop-up farms grow food that is then given away to the community. Each year, a big urban garden site like ours can produce over 400 pounds of produce to help feed hungry people in Toronto.

In a recent interview with Global News, The Bowery Project, co-founder Rachel Kimel explained that “Oben Flats wanted to do something that gave back to the community and that transformed [the] site.”

Our lot at Sherbourne and Gerrard had previously been vacant for over two decades. We’re happy to see how The Bowery Project at Oben Flats at directly benefitted the local Toronto community with 1500 milk crates, many volunteers, and educational programming.

Image by @theboweryproject

June 26th, 2017

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Toronto’s Top 3 Farmers’ Markets

Summer is in full swing and with it delicious local produce, delicacies and treats! Toronto’s top 3 farmers’ markets are all a hop, skip and a jump from our locations in Leslieville and our upcoming location at St. Clair West. Get all the farm fresh fruits and veggies you need to cook up a gourmet feast or simply pick up a decadent bakery treat. Here are our favourite Toronto Farmers’ Markets:

The Leslieville Farmers’ Market

Sundays 9-2PM at Johnathan Ashbridge Park

A quick Sunday stroll from Oben Flats Leslieville, you’ll find the vibrant Leslieville Farmers’ Market. Often a celebratory affair, expect loads of local vendors, community groups and a focus on accessibility. The Leslieville Farmers’ Market often has surprise special guest vendors featuring cuisines from around the globe.

Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 8-1PM at Evergreen Brickworks

This year-round farmers’ market offers a wide variety of seasonal and local fresh food.  Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market started 10 years ago with 25 local farmers and food producers. With a focus on working directly with local farmers, Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market is one of Toronto’s favourites. If you don’t drive, there is a shuttle bus that operates from Broadview station taking you directly to the sprawling Evergreen Brickworks grounds.

The Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 8-1PM at Wynchwood Barns

The Artscape Wychwood Barns is a community cultural hub close to the new up and coming Oben Flats St. Clair West location. Organized by The Stop, the Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market is open year round featuring local, sustainable, organic and artisanal products. This vibrant market is host to 1,500 people each and every weekend, offers a café and live music.

In a city as diverse and exciting as Toronto, there are many options when searching for fresh, gourmet and speciality foods. Explore a new neighbourhood or discover a new local spot with our list of Toronto’s Top 3 Farmers’ Markets.

April 6th, 2017

Leslieville Tenants Soirée








Our Leslieville tenants soirée last week brought our community together to celebrate. With delicious cocktails and food, our residents socialised in the lobby of Oben Flats Leslieville.

April 3rd, 2017

St Clair West Oben Flats

St. Clair West Foodie Spotlight

The ground has broken on our latest Oben Flats project! We’re excited to move into the St. Clair West neighbourhood and experience everything it has to offer. We know our residents love food, culture and design — so do we. From cafes and brunch to the latest trends and desserts, our new flats will be steps away from some of the tastiest restaurants Toronto has to offer. Here are some of our favourite foodie hotspots near St. Clair West.

Dutch Dreams
With a menu of over 60 rotating speciality ice cream flavours, gourmet waffle cones and quirky candy from Holland, Dutch Dreams is a go to spot near St. Clair West. With warmer days headed our way, stroll over to Dutch Dreams to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Gourmet Gringos
Craving some authentic Mexican grill? A short walk down Bathurst and you’ll find the bricks and mortar location of one of Toronto’s favourite food trucks. If you’re looking to satisfy a taco craving, this casual take-out style restaurant will do the trick.

Starving Artist
Love waffles? Do you really, really love waffles? If the answer is yes, then Starving Artist is for you! This bright and cheerful brunch spot boasts eggs benny and burgers served on waffles. If sweet and savoury is your thing, don’t miss the waffle bacon.

Excited about our new residences on St. Clair West? Register now for the latest updates!

March 12th, 2017


How to Spring Clean

With Toronto experiencing dramatic fluctuating temperatures, it can be hard to believe that spring has really sprung. Spring forward into warmer seasons with a thorough deep clean. Even if you are living the most minimalist of lifestyles, there’s always some forgotten dust bunnies! Here are our top items to deep clean every spring:


It might seem strange but, yes, you need to clean your dishwasher! Remove and clean the filter then replace. Soak the bottom of the dishwasher overnight with 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda to deodorise. In the morning, run an empty cycle.

Lighting Fixtures

Dust and wash lighting fixtures. Often forgotten about, your lighting fixtures can be home to hidden cobwebs and dead bugs. Make sure all pieces of your lighting fixture are thoroughly dry before reassembling.  

Dust Bookshelves

Even the most avid reader needs to dust away the cobwebs, from time to time. Take everything off each shelf and dust gently using an appropriate cleaner. For delicate wood be sure to check what cleaner is best for your shelf. For laminate, try vinegar diluted with water.

Wash Switch Plates

Frequently used but often overlooked, switch plates need to be cleaned too. Unscrew the plates from the wall and gently soak them if especially grimy. For light wear and tear, wipe down with a damp cloth and reaffix when totally dry.

Change your Bedding

Spruce up your decor by changing your bedding. Put away any heavy wool blankets and experiment with bright, refreshing colours and textures.

January 12th, 2017

The Sniff Bar at Oben Flats


We are pleased to announce that our Leslieville property will be hosting an event as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival! Running from January 16-22, The Sniff Bar will be open in our event space as a venue for the festival on Wednesday, January 18th from 11 am – 10 pm. Unleash your senses and experience a variety of fragrant perfumes designed by Tracy Pepe.

Upon arrival in the Oben Flats space, you will be greeted by our very own signature scent handcrafted by Pepe. We truly believe that scent impacts how you relate to all the senses either at home or in the lobby. Prepare for a delightful sensorial experience when opening the door to Oben Flats!

Tracy Pepe uses apothecary blending techniques to ensure raw materials are natural, some organic, and all of the highest quality for your palette. Experience scent design.

This event is free but RSVP is required for entry. Register now.

December 6th, 2016


BELLOSOUND at Oben Flats

We are proud to announce our partnership with the music stylists and audio design specialists at BELLOSOUND. Stepping into the role of music director for our new Leslieville property, BELLOSOUND will bring a curated audio experience to the daily lives of our residents. Our collaboration with BELLOSOUND is the next step in the evolution of the urban rental experience for discerning city dwellers.

Entering into the space of the home and lifestyle, this partnership will reinvent the role of music in a forward-thinking and design-driven environment. BELLOSOUND will curate a customized music program that seamlessly integrates into the overall design of the property.


BELLOSOUND knows that “that style resonates beyond visual cues and what you hear affects how you feel.” Music connects people in all facets of life — especially at home. This customized approach will offer our residents a unique experience every time they walk through the door.

Our properties embrace the contemporary architecture and are located in some of the city’s most sought after locations. This partnership with BELLOSOUND will complement the lifestyle of residents and transform their home into an experience for all of the senses.

Treat your ears to a taste of our signature sound! Listen to the BELLOSOUND mix below:

November 18th, 2016


Construction at St. Clair West Underway

Construction has started! We are excited to announce that our latest project in the St. Clair West neighbourhood is now underway. Located at 109 Vaughan Road, near Bathurst and St. Clair West, this 51-unit building is slated to become the must-live address in this trending area.


This project features spacious suites and opulent communal spaces to satisfy the senses.  Experience the convenience of living steps from subway and streetcar stops for easy access to all Toronto has to offer. We pride ourselves in offering the best, forward thinking, design driven rental suites for the Toronto market.


The St. Clair West area encompasses a diverse range of neighbourhoods as it borders with Corso Italia and the Stockyards to the west and includes micro enclaves like Wynchwood Park (with its recently renovated Wynchwood Barns) nearby. Tantalize your tastebuds with a growing number of bakeries and restaurants all at your doorstep.

Experience renting re-invented with our latest boutique rental property at St. Clair West!

Want to stay up to date with us as the construction progresses? REGISTER now for details about Oben Flats St. Clair West.

November 16th, 2016


2016 Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards Finalist

We are proud to be a finalist for Interior Design’s 2016 Best of Year (BoY) Award! Our Superkül designed Harbord Towns project is a up for an award in the Residential Multi-Unit Housing category.  Harbord Towns were tailor made for the contemporary urban dweller. 

What is a BoY Award?

Interior Design’s Best of Year is the design industry’s premiere design awards, honoring the most significant work of the year as well as recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe.”

Urban living at its finest.

Harbord Towns is the most most exclusive address in the Oben Flats portfolio with only six distinctive townhomes in an intimate Toronto community near Harbord and Shaw. Carefully crafted for the design-conscious individual, tour elite 3-story townhouses come complete with superb chef’s kitchens, fine finishes, single car parking and the finest attention to modern detail.

Winners of the Interior Design Best of Year Awards will be will be revealed at a live ceremony on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 in New York City. View all Interior Design Best of Year finalists HERE.

We strive to set the bar higher with each new Oben Flats project. To learn more about our properties CLICK HERE.

Ready to rent now? To find out more about our available rental flats CLICK HERE.

November 3rd, 2016

Prep Your Flat for Fall

Prep Your Flat for Fall

Getting ready for fall might seem like more of a homeowner task but there are simple things you can do to prep your flat for fall. Get ready for colder weather with by storing your balcony furniture, cycling your closets, deep cleaning and breaking out the doormats. The icy temperatures and sidewalk slush mean warmer clothes, boots and storage options are needed. While you won’t be cleaning leaves out of gutters, there’s plenty to do before the first snowfall.

Store Balcony Furniture

As the mercury drops, it is time to store your balcony furniture. Wash down patio furniture with warm soapy water and be sure to rinse thoroughly. Stack furniture put in your storage locker or closet. Empty any planters or pots for the winter season and store them inside to avoid cracking with the freezing temperature.

Cycle Closets

Say goodbye to summer and hello to sweater weather! Digging around for winter clothing in a sea of tank tops and shorts can be time-consuming. Cycle your closets seasonally to keep your wardrobe on point. Take the time to see if anything needs to be thrown out, donated or repaired. It’s always a good idea to get your winter coat dry-cleaned before the first frost so you’re good to go when colder temperatures hit.

Deep Clean

While we all try to keep tidy with the best of intentions, nothing beats a seasonal deep clean. Wash the baseboards, get in the nooks and crannies and vacuum your air filter. Check the grout in your bathroom for mold, clean and sanitize your oven, microwave, fridge, and dishwasher. Get your cupboard organized and throw out any old or expired items.

Get Doormats

Wet, slushy boots inherently come with winter in Toronto. Get doormats to prevent muck from spreading everywhere. Be sure to check if your doormat will fit under the door. Have a dedicated spot for boots and shoes when you enter your flat as the salt and sand can wreak havoc on floors.

October 20th, 2016

5 Easy Indoor Plants

5 Easy Indoor Plants

Want to test your green thumb? It can be tough determining what plants will work best in your flat, how much sunlight they need and when to water them. If you’re relatively new to gardening, it’s best to stick to the tried and true. Many of our top 5 easy indoor plants produce babies or pups that you can use to propagate plants for friends! Before you get started, remember to always look for planters that have drainage to avoid any root rot. Overwatering due to lack of drainage is one of the most common mistakes.

Ready to plant? Here are our 5 easy indoor plants to get you on track to becoming an avid horticulturist!


As a natural healing remedy, aloe can offer relief from minor burns, cuts, and scrapes. A practical and easy indoor plant, aloe belongs to the succulent family. Be sure to have proper drainage and let the soil dry completely between waterings. Aloe plants need partial light and do fine in the shade for part of the day.

Spider Plant

If you’re looking for an easy indoor plant, it doesn’t get easier than a spider plant! While spider plants are hearty, it is possible to overwater them. Be sure to fertilize in spring and summer months with an all-purpose liquid plant food. The spider plant flowers with offshoots called “spiderettes.” Root your spiderettes in water and transplant to soil.

Asparagus Fern

Looking for a plant that thoroughly enjoys a sunny, humid bathroom? The asparagus fern also does well outside on a balcony in the hot summer months. Be sure to inspect your plant for pests before bringing it back inside for the colder months. Fertilize monthly, mist occasionally and allow the soil to dry completely between waterings.  

Snake Plant

Want to improve the air quality in your flat? Get a snake plant! This highly adaptable plant can survive in various degrees of light but needs to be fed with an all purpose plant food occasionally in warmer months. Fun fact: the snake plant is sometimes called mother-in-law’s tongue.

English Ivy

One of the most common indoor plants, English ivy, needs a little love and care to truly flourish. Be careful not to over water but you can mist occasionally in order to increase humidity. Be sure to keep a watchful eye out for spider mites, aphids or mealybugs. English ivy is known to be a good air purifying plant in homes.

October 11th, 2016


How to Live Clutter Free

Combating clutter can be an overwhelming task that seemingly never ends. Luckily, we’re here to help you learn how to live clutter free with three easy tips! By proactively tackling the main causes of your cluttered flat, you can eliminate the need for any big purging sessions. Going clutter free doesn’t have to be difficult, daunting or stressful. Go clutter free today!

Put things away

First things first, put things away. Train or retrain yourself, your partner and your kids to put things in their place as quickly as possible. Everything needs a place. Get organized and have a shelf, basket or cupboard for all of your belongings. Be sure to put things away in a spot close to where you regularly use them or need them.

Have a junk drawer

Contrary to popular belief, it is very important to have a junk drawer. Learning how to live clutter free doesn’t mean eliminating clutter altogether. By limiting clutter to one particular area, you are able to stay more organized and take inventory of your belongings more frequently. Editing, purging and tidying is easier when you only have to deal with a single junk drawer or closet.

Go paperless

Give yourself a running at chance at living clutter free and go paperless! When given the option always choose paperless billing. With many cell phone, internet and banking providers now charging for paper billing, it can benefit your wallet to go paperless. Avoid rummaging through a stack of bills and enjoy the freedom of email billing and automatic bill payments.

September 20th, 2016


How to Downsize from a House to Flat

Are you planning on downsizing from a home to a flat? It can be tough deciding what stuff to part ways with and what to keep. Downsizing, for whatever reason, can be an emotional experience. With a little time, patience and effort you can downsize from a house to a flat relatively painlessly. Here are our 3 expert tips for downsizing:

Take Inventory

Start by documenting your belongings room by room. Try setting up a spreadsheet or making a simple list with a keep or discard column. Whichever option you choose, make sure you have a backup copy filed. Many people like to set up an outbox to put items in before they discard anything as a way to evaluate their emotional attachment to a particular item. Taking inventory also helps when it is time to hire a mover as everything will be accounted for in your estimate.

Avoid Duplication

If you are moving in with someone or have lived in a house for a long time, chances are you have multiples of things you don’t need to have multiples of. Be strict with your evaluation of your belongs. Don’t throw out anything you truly love but there’s no reason to have multiple sets of dishes or kitchen gadgets if you never host dinner parties.

Reference the Floorplans

One way to make your move easier is to reference the floorplans of your new flat. Find out beforehand if your furniture will fit or order new furniture that is sure to fit. Downsizing from a house can be stressful but by refering to the floorplans of your new home you can eliminate any unnecessary stress and uncertainty.

With some thoughtful decluttering and storage planning, downsizing from a house to a flat doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Embrace decluttering with an air of excitement, as your begin a new chapter in your flat.

August 2nd, 2016


Olfactive Branding with Tracy Pepe

Oben Flats in Leslieville it situated on Queen Street East in an area known for its trenty shops, dining scene, elaborate brunches, and a tight-knit community. With our new community in mind, perfumer Tracy Pepe has hand crafted a signature scent specifically for residents.

This custom scent design is complex yet defined and the curating process required many variations with a design schedule of ten months. Pepe’s apothecary style blending infused naturals with aroma compounds to create the unique sensorial experience. 

Oben Flats accord begins with a whimsical blend of Ultra Marine Blue, a signature found in the Whiff Collection. Fragrant notes of bergamont and mandarin mix with salt, mimosa, and water lily. The accord is selectively infused with seaweed and bleach wood. The signature of the fragrance is found in the lavendar imported from Provence, France. Leather notes play together creating a unique vibration, soft, welcoming that suggests, “stay awhile, this is living.”

True to apothecary blending, a twist of mandarin and lime essential oils are added creating an intoxicating aroma that is light, yet pleasant.

Oben Flats president Julian Battiston calls the scent, “one of the most important details we’ve incorporated into our brand. Not only does it mark the feeling that you’ve ‘arrived,’ but it denotes the aire of what Oben Flats living is all about.”

The fragrance installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of August at 1075 Queen Street East.

July 25th, 2016

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Harbord Towns on the cover of Designlines

Have you picked up the latest copy of Designlines? Fresh off our win of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) award for Design Excellence, we’re proud to have our Superkül designed project featured prominently on the cover.

Curious what makes Harbord Towns different from the usual cookie cutter townhouses? OAA president Toon Dreessen explains, “Harbord Towns is joyful, lively and exuberant…the challenge in housing typology is creating something unique on an infill site.”

Designlines goes on to describe Harbord Towns as “as one neat contemporary structure” with a “playful facade…Tetris-like black-and-white brick, as well as zippy orange doors, window frames and aluminum channels.”

We’re convinced you’ll love this project. Check out the latest issue of Designlines and fall for Harbord Towns today! Click here to read more.

July 22nd, 2016

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3 Ways to Cool Down in Toronto’s East End

Escape the heat with our fave three ways to cool down in Toronto’s east end! Seeking a tasty treat to beat the heat? We’ve got you covered. Looking for a patio to max and relax? You’re in luck because Leslieville has some of the best patios in the city! If hanging by the lake is more your thing, Toronto’s east end has the best beaches in the city. Cool down with these suggestions:

Ice Cream

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Lucky for our soon to be Oben Flats Leslieville residents, they’ll be close to two of Toronto’s best ice cream shops. Our local faves include Ed’s Real Scoop and Sweet Jesus. Ed’s Real Scoop offers over 100 unique flavours of ice cream and a menu with sundaes, milkshakes, floats and affagatos. Sweet Jesus pushes the boundaries of ice cream norms. Not your usual soft serve, expect a visual spectacle when you visit Sweet Jesus. Ice cream might be one of the best ways to cool down during a heat wave!


Whether you’re looking for a TGIF libation or cool iced Americano, Leslieville has got some great options at your doorstep. Ceili Cottage offers a traditional Irish pub experience with a not so traditional patio. Be sure to check out the yurt in the back! Te Aro is Leslieville’s local coffee roaster in an old auto body shop. Enjoy sipping your iced coffee on their large patio while you scope out the neighbourhood and cool off. For all our favourite Leslieville patios check out this blog.

Hit the beach

Last but not least, Toronto’s east end has some of the city’s best beaches! If soaking up the sun is your thing, be sure to hit the sand at Cherry Beach and The Beach. Go for a stroll on the boardwalk, rent a paddleboard or go for a dip in the lake — a day at the beach has something for everyone. Be sure to bring plenty of water and your SPF!

July 21st, 2016

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How to Transform your Balcony

Make the most of your outdoor space and transform your balcony! Even with a conservative budget, a little effort and time will help make your balcony your new personal oasis all summer long. Using outdoor textiles, plants, comfy seating, a playful colour scheme and textured flooring, you can easily transform your balcony with a few essential elements.


If you’re looking for a big bang for your buck, outdoor textiles are the way to go. Make your own cushions and invest in material made specifically for the outdoors to prevent mildew. Outdoor textiles have come a long way. Source placemats, rugs, blankets and other materials to affordably make your outdoor space look luxe.


Exercise that green thumb! From fresh herbs to fragrant flowers, look for plants that will work well on your balcony depending on which direction you face. Vegetables like tomatoes require direct sunlight a south exposure can offer while some plants do better in the shade or afternoon sun. If you know you’ll be away for some of the summer, be sure to buy plants that don’t require daily maintenance.  

Comfy Seating

Say goodbye to hard plastic folding chairs and hello to comfy seating! From cushiony loveseats to loungers and reclined seating, there’s sure to be seating that suits you. Look for storage ottomans, bistro sets and seat cushions to easily transform your balcony from inhospitable to cozy.

Playful Colours

A playful colour palette can upgrade any concrete and glass balcony to even the most discerning designers dream. In Toronto, the warm weather only lasts a few months so be sure to have fun when styling your outdoor space. Play around with traditional earth tones or bright and cheerful summer colours that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.


Trade in the cold concrete flooring for an outdoor rug or wooden floor tiles! Changing the flooring on your balcony can immediately change the look and feel of our outdoor space. Many stores offer easy to assemble interlocking flooring tiles purpose manufactured for balcony spaces. If laying an outdoor rug or faux grass, be sure to make sure it is mold resistant and quick dry.

Always be sure to check with your building’s rules when it comes to upgrading your balcony. Things like railing planters, playful lighting and small barbeques may not align with your building’s regulations. If you’re not sure, contact your property manager before investing in any pieces to transform your outdoor space.

July 7th, 2016


Top 3 Patios in Leslieville

With temperatures soaring, patio season is heating up! From tasty eats to cool drinks, Leslieville has a patio for all occasions. After a busy day shopping, working, or taking care of the kids, these patios are sure to cure what ails you. We’ve picked the top 3 patios in Leslieville to help you narrow down where you’d like to relax, unwind and sip a bevvy close to Oben Flats.

Ceili Cottage

In the heart of Leslieville, Ceili Cottage offers a warm, traditional Irish pub experience. Not so traditional is the yurt open in the winter to accommodate patrons with a cozy one of a kind experience. Expect premium craft beers, whiskies and food. This patio is perfect for people watching and embracing everything Leslieville has to offer.

Te Aro

Leslieville’s local coffee roaster, Te Aro, makes its home in an old auto body shop where you can enjoy the industrial vibe while sipping on some of the tastiest espresso based drinks Toronto has to offer. Te Aro offers a range of baked goods and lunch items that are hard to resist. The sprawling patio offers a great vantage point for fully enjoying everything Leslieville has to offer.


This Leslieville local offers delicious Italian food with a trendy, contemporary vibe. Aside of the usual array of pizza and Italian dinner options, Lil’Baci has a scrumptious brunch including their can’t miss truffled eggs and array of sandwiches. The patio is cozy with canopies and strung lights offering the ultimate romantic date night atmosphere.

Did we miss your favourite patio in Leslieville? Tell on Facebook or Twitter! We’d love to hear what your Leslieville local is.

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