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About Kingston

About Kingston

Kingston is a vibrant community that has consistently been ranked as an outstanding Canadian city. From our world-class university to our many golf courses and recreational opportunities, Kingston is a charming city in which to live, work and play.

Our city is organized into more than 40 neighbourhoods, each with its own character and identity. Find more information about Kingston neighbourhoods »

Welcome to My Neighbourhood

The following residential neighbourhoods are grouped according to the area maps on which they are found.

Sydenham District: This popular and lively downtown core features apartments and condominiums, fine old homes, townhouses and flats off the main thoroughfares. Close to the market, shops and restaurants. Facilities and attractions: the Kingston Frontenac Library Central Branch, Confederation Basin Marina, Kingston Yacht Club, Hotel Dieu Hospital, hotels, museums, civic government buildings and historic churches. The first homes in this district date back to the 1850s.

Portsmouth Village District: In this area dominated by St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital and two of the region’s correctional institutions, some converted mansions are institutional, others are residences for professors and other professionals. Alwington Place, an exclusive waterfront suburb, boasts a private park. Historic Portsmouth Village, annexed in 1952, features picturesque frame cottages and street-side shops. This is another older section of Kingston with the first residents building homes in the 1850s. Facilities and attractions: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour complex and marina, Queen’s West Campus, St. Lawrence College, an arts centre, Lake Ontario Park and the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club.

Queen’s Campus District: The inner campus area, bounded by Princess, Barrie, Collingwood and Lake Ontario mixes fine older homes with student housing to create a stimulating environment, but is not recommended for those prizing the quiet life. Facilities and attractions: Kingston General Hospital, Stauffer Library, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and secondary, elementary, French and private schools.

Calvin and Polson Parks: Affordable housing built by the city from 1940 to 1960. Loop streets, singlefamily dwellings, apartments for seniors and student/row housing along Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd Also bounded by Bath Road, Portsmouth Avenue and Johnson Street. Facilities and attractions: Kingston Shopping Centre, the Kingston YMCA, churches, St. Lawrence College, Calvin Park Library, separate and secondary schools.

Strathcona Park: Much the same price range and vintage as Calvin and Polson Parks in this upmarket suburb, north on the boundary with Kingston West, between downtown and the Cataraqui Town Centre with access to the 401. Stable population. Facilities and attractions: public and separate schools, churches, shops, malls, playgrounds, tennis courts and playing fields.

Across Princess Street and south, 2,500 residents live in Grenville Park, Valleyfield and Balsam Grove, developed between the early 1940s and ’60s. Ranch-style single homes, some apartment complexes and several plazas. With 35 acres of parkland, it’s country in an urban area. Facilities: Extendicare Nursing and a public school.

Kingscourt: A north-end suburb of wartime housing, settled in the late 1940s and early 50s. The area is bounded by Concession, Kirkpatrick, Victoria and Division streets. Younger families, seniors and newer Canadians of Italian, Portuguese and Vietnamese descent. Expanded bungalows and newer apartment complexes. Facilities and attractions: upgraded parks, commercial services, public and secondary schools, churches, library, Kingston Memorial Centre and within walking distance to Kingston Shopping Centre.

Rideau Heights: It includes Briceland and Marker’s Acres developed in the ’60s, Greenridge Place, Worthington Park Mobile Home Court and rental housing on Montreal Street. Small-scale commercial development. Facilities and attractions: parks and sports fields and Kingslake Plaza at Division Street and 401.

Near North of Princess: In this older area (since early 1800s), prices vary widely from frame cottages to fine older limestone residences. Established families, younger professionals, students and first-time homeowners. The inner harbour has evolved to residential with townhouse and condominium development, the Rideaucrest Home and Frontenac Village, 88 condominiums built on the water. Close to shopping, theatres and restaurants. Facilities and attractions: Artillery Park Aquatic & Fitness, churches, schools and Providence Manor.

Across the La Salle Causeway is the former Pittsburgh Township, now part of the city. Kingston East comprises a 208.8 sq. km triangle between the St. Lawrence River, the Rideau Canal and Leeds County and features carefully controlled development, dairy and beef farming. The major employer is the Department of National Defence. 3,800 people live on the Canadian Forces Base.

Barriefield Village: This historic settlement on the Rideau dates back to 1815 and was designated a Heritage Conservation District in 1979. Facilities and attractions: public school, Barriefield Anglican Church and no commercial facilities.

McLean Park, Grenadier Village, Point St. Mark, Woods Landing: These newer developments flank older farmhouses and upscale country homes along Highway 15. The first homes in McLean Park were built in the late 1950s; in the other, newer areas, building started later and continues today. Controlled commercial development. Facilities and attractions: Barriefield Town Centre, Rideau Town Centre plaza, business park, high school, a new library, tennis court and soccer pitch. School bussing for elementary students.

Greenwood Park: Buyers will discover a wide range of choices in this sprawling development just minutes from Kingston’s downtown. Mostly single-family homes, both two-storey and bungalow, this growing community also offers town-houses and semi-detached homes. Construction started in the early 1990s and phase four is currently underway. Highlights include a Roman Catholic elementary school and a community ice rink. Another six to eight years of building is planned.

Riverwalk: Located at the end of Gore Road off Highway 15, this area offers the best of both worlds, surrounded as it is by trees and beautiful walking trails and yet only minutes from the downtown. Many back onto Butternut Creek. Schools, both elementary and secondary are close by along with shopping at Rideau Town Centre. Riverwalk is in its final stages and the developer is starting work on a new neighborhood community called River’s Edge.

Cartwright Point, Milton, Riverside, Eastview, Treasure Island, Batteau Channel Estates: East along the St. Lawrence River, upgraded cottages sit alongside large single-family homes and hobby farms. Great country living, with quick city and Hwy 401 access. Building on these largely waterfront properties started in the 1950s. Facilities and attractions: swimming and boating, nearby public golf courses, cross-country skiing and marinas. Some areas require wells and septic tanks.

Middle Road, Butternut Creek and Abbey Dawn Road: Originally farmland dating back to the 1920s, this area has become home to families wanting country living close to the city. Highways 2 and 15 are just minutes away. Upscale as well as modest homes, hobby and equestrian farms. Facilities: Myles Acres outdoor recreation centre and minor commercial development.

To the north and west, Ontario’s largest former township is now also part of the city. At 204.6 sq. km (population 40,000), it is predicted to double in size in the next few years. Featuring a suburban character, with over 35 parks, extensive shopping and a significant industrial base. Facilities and attractions: Norman Rogers Municipal Airport and many sports and recreation centres.

Petronella Place: Located east of Frontenac Mail, Petronella is a little oasis in the centre of a thriving city. Mostly upscale semidetached homes, with some backing onto the conservation area. Even though building only began in the mid-1990s, it’s apparent that the builder was after a more oldfashioned look to the neighborhood. Each home has its own unique appearance, many residents here are close to the Frontenac Mall and many other conveniences on Bath Road.

Meadowbrooke: On the other side of Frontenac Mall, Meadowbrooke is a mix of entry level apartmentstyle condominiums, semi-detached homes, townhouses and high-end properties. The first houses were built in the mid-1980s in this subdivision close to the Frontenac Mall, schools and bus routes. Kingsdale Chateaus, a retirement home offering a range of different living styles, is also located here.

Reddendale: Between Lake Ontario and Front Road, ’70s and ’80s bungalows on Point Pleasant and Lakeland Point mingle with executive-style houses added along Lakeshore Blvd. and Wartman Ave. Building in some areas started in the late 1940s. A quiet neighbourhood, with seven parks. Facilities and attractions: Centre 70 skating arena, Reddendale Plaza, medical centre, retirement complex and the area fireball.

Conservatory Pond: The name goes a long way in explaining this upscale community, bounded by Bath Road and Bayridge Drive. Close to Lemoine Point and Lake Ontario, the development also boasts its own body of water – a pond -centrally located to give most houses a view. Plans call for only single family homes to be built in what the developer calls a “spacious Victorian” style. Residents are within minutes of schools, recreation centres and a major shopping district. Building in Conservatory Pond began in August of 2000 and is set to wrap up within three years.

Henderson Place: Population 3,700, early ’50s-70s houses with upgraded services. Bounded by Days Road, Bath Road, the Bayridge extension and Henderson Blvd. New development near the quarry. Facilities and attractions: Secondary and public schools, Gardiners Town Centre, soccer and baseball parks.

King’s Landing: Just minutes from the 401 and within walking distance of Costco and Chapters, King’s Landing is promoted by the developer as an ideal adult lifestyle community. Buyers have their choice of bungalows, luxury singles and town-houses. Residents are a short drive from several golf courses and have access right in the neighbourhood to a clubhouse with kitchen facilities, a games room and lounge.

Bayridge: A sprawling community bounded by Bath Road, Taylor Kidd Blvd. and Gardiners Road. Started in the 1970s, with building continuing today, Bayridge is a mix of single-family and executive homes. Facilities and attractions: a secondary school, public schools, churches, sports complex, outdoor tennis courts, sports fields.

Lyndenwood: The first building phase here includes bungalows and single-family, two-storey homes. Phase two, set to begin late in 2001, will incorporate a series of townhouses. Located behind Chapter’s Book Store on Princess Street, the development is also within easy distance of shopping and other conveniences. The developer expects the community to have its own schools sometime in the future.

Sutton Mills: East of Bayridge Drive, 294 hectares developed in the ’70s; population 4,750. Singlefamily, semi-detached and multiple resident dwellings. Several retirement homes. Facilities and attractions: Cataraqui Town Centre, Cineplex Odeon theatres, a separate school and 11.5 hectares of parks.

Cataraqui Woods: Exclusively residential, expanding east and northward with building of townhouses, semi-detached and single family homes starting in the mid-1970s. Walking distance to Cataraqui Town Centre, Bayridge Plaza, other commercial developments.

West Park: New subdivision started in 1996-97 located adjacent to Norman Rogers Airport and Bayridge Drive. Semi-detached and single-family homes and a public park. Facilities and attractions: Lemoine Point Conservation Area, Collins Bay Marina. Easy access to Bath Road services.

Smuggler’s Cove: To date a high percentage of the homes in this Front Road development are designed from customized plans. Those who choose this community will have the benefit of nearby Lake Ontario and the airport only minutes from home. A combination of single family, two-storey homes and bungalows, building in Smuggler’s Cove started late in 1999 and is scheduled to continue until around mid-2002.

Highgate: West of Bayridge, developed in the ’80s; population 3,500. Bordered by Collins Bay Road, Taylor Kidd, Woodbine and Bayridge, upscale two-storey single-family dwellings. Facilities and attractions: 4 hectares of parks, Bayridge Centre, Bayridge modern elementary and secondary schools.

Westwoods On The Park: A new subdivision in the city’s west end offering 50-foot home sites, slightly larger than the usual 35-foot size. The community, near Holy Cross Secondary School and Woodbine Road, backs onto a conservation area. Single Family homes, bungalows and two-storey. Easy drive to one of the fastest growing shopping districts in Kingston.

Highgate Park: Development between Bayridge and Collins Bay begun in the early ’60s on large lots near Collins Bay Road.

Ridgewood Estates: Smaller subdivision north of Collins Bay with family and upscale executive homes. Rustic environment, homes back onto Collins Creek, a 6.7 hectare park which acts as a natural barrier to further large-scale development. Much of the building started in the mid-1970s.

Bayshore Estates: A self-contained shoreline community dating back to the early 1980s. This is a community of retired and younger couples, west of Collins Bay. Commercial services at Collins Bay. Facilities and attractions: a public school, churches, parks, Royal Canadian Legion branch. Elmwood, an older subdivision lies to the west.

Westbrook: Settled in the 1800s Westbrook still has homes of historic merit. A lot of building was also done in the 1950s and ’60s. Westbrook Heights, the most intensively developed area, has over 200 homes. Facilities: a public school, large park, close to Westbrook Golf Course.

Amherstview: Approximate population 7,500, west along the lakeshore; mix of older and suburban homes, some built in the 1940s with development ongoing to present day. Facilities and attractions: new 1.2 million dollar library , excellent recreation centre with arena and pool, elementary school, two retirement facilities and Fairfield Historical Park.

Millhaven: A similar price range, this is the hub for Amherst Island residents and home to the ferry. More workers than residents at Celanese Canada, Bombardier UTDC, Millhaven and Bath Institutions. Millhaven Inn dates back to the 1850s.

Wolfe, Howe, Simcoe, Garden and Amherst Islands on Lake Ontario and near the mouth of the St. Lawrence. Small, friendly communities, limited newer development flanks older farms and cottages, Wolfe and Amherst have village centres and dependable, year-round ferry service, but best suit those with flexible work and travel schedules. For the truly adventurous, there are at least 1,000 more islands in the St. Lawrence. Early farming communities started in the 1800s.

A Brief History of Kingston

A comfortable, family-oriented place to live!

The information that follows is from the Kingston Relocation Guide, by Kingston Life Magazine.

The French explorer La Salle first discovered Kingston, known as Cataraqui, in 1669. Situated at the confluence of the Cataraqui and St. Lawrence rivers, it was the perfect defence site and market Centre for the lucrative fur trading business. In 1673 Fort Frontenac was erected as the Cataraqui outpost which later served as the French commander’s base during the Seven Year’s War.

Following the American Revolution in 1785, an influx of United Empire Loyalists settled in Cataraqui, renaming it King’s Town and eventually, Kingston.

Fort Henry, erected in anticipation of the War of 1812, was never actually fired upon and Kingston, free from the battles, grew and prospered as a naval and military base, establishing herself as the leading commercial centre between Montreal and the Lakehead.

Kingston officially became a town in 1838 and served as the first capital of the United Canadas in 1841. Home to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, the mid-nineteenth century marked a golden era of progress for Kingston. Venerable institutions including our hospitals, Queen’s University and the Royal Military College were founded and architectural treasures such as City Hall, St. George’s Cathedral, the Martello Towers and the Frontenac County Court House sprang to life.

The amalgamation of the City of Kingston with the neighbouring townships in January of 1998 added a new page to our history book and the Kingston we enjoy today is an exciting urban gathering place and a proud reflection of a glorious past.

Getting To Know Us

City of Kingston logoA first look at Kingston reveals a comfortable family- oriented place to live. Our neighbourhoods are a wonderful melange of limestone, brick and clapboard houses of all sizes. Beneath a surface of history and tradition, a collection of eclectic tastes and individual residential pockets give the city its unique character. The City of Kingston, population 124,000, includes Kingston East and Kingston West (formerly townships). Further afield west lies Loyalist Township and to the south and east, life in small communities on Lake Ontario beckons to those who dream of “island hopping.” Housing prices compare favourably in affordability with the rest of Canada.

For more information about Kingston, visit the Tourism Kingston website or the City of Kingston website.

Contact Info

It would be our pleasure to show you homes in and around the Kingston area. If you are ready to sell your home, we would be happy to take time to sit with you and discuss how to market your home successfully.

613.544.4141 (Office)
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Malinoff Brent Team
Royal LePage ProAlliance
80 Queen Street
Kingston, Ontario K7K 6W7

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