The Kingston market started 2020 strong, but as has been the case across much of Canada, the global pandemic has led to a downturn in activity that could continue into early summer. The typical buyer demographic in the region is families/move-up buyers. A common concern for them is low housing supply – a market condition impacting many regions across Ontario. Affordability is a moderate concern for buyers in the Kingston region as well.

So, what are the best neighbourhoods in Kingston to buy a house? RE/MAX explores more than 300 of Canada’s most liveable hot spots in the new 2020 Liveability Report. Here are our top picks for Kingston.

10 Most Liveable Neighbourhoods in Kingston

  1. Hillendale
  2. Kingscourt
  3. Rideau Heights
  4. Gardiners- Meadowbrook
  5. Polson Park
  6. Waterloo Village
  7. Inner Harbour
  8. Markers Acres
  9. Grenville Park
  10. Williamsville

Kingston’s most affordable neighbourhoods include Kingscourt, Henderson/Lakeland Acres and Calvin Park, with an average home price ranging between $282,000 and $392,092. Other liveable neighbourhoods in Kingston include Calvin Park / Polson Park, which has close proximity to many key amenities and is centrally located with easy access to the west end and downtown. Sutton Place / Bayridge and Greenwood Park are also known to be affordable and also within close proximity to all amenities.

Kingston’s Future Liveability

Kingston’s liveability is expected to improve in the coming years. The City of Kingston has made many improvements to the infrastructure city-wide, such as adding bike lanes and transit routes, and is currently in the process of building the third crossing of the Cataraqui River, making the connection between downtown and the East End much more accessible. Kingston’s west end is also developing quickly with more infrastructure and businesses. The city strives to be as green as possible and has done a fantastic job at making this a reality.

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Liveability is about quality of life at a local level. A neighbourhood’s dynamism, or lack thereof, involves a delicate convergence between independent small businesses, public institutions, arts and culture, green spaces and housing, to name a few. The COVID-19 tragedy will impact neighbourhood ecosystems differently across the country, just as the virus itself has. Yet, civic/local pride has been proliferating throughout this crisis in inspiring ways, giving Canadians hope that micro-economies, including real estate, have the resilience to be restored in the near and mid-term.

To learn more about liveability in Canada’s biggest housing markets, read the RE/MAX 2020 Liveability Report.