Polson Park, Calvin Park, Country Club Estates, Portsmouth
Located south of Bath Road and west of Sir John A. MacDonald Boulevard, City Central is a beautifully established neighbourhood with some great houses and easy access to the downtown core where you will find all the amenities you would ever need. There are 6 primary points of entry to the community making it a perfect location to purchase your home. You will also find a great natural base with over a dozen parks, including Lake Ontario Park. City Central is steeped in history with Kingston Penitentiary as well as Portsmouth Village which was originally built for the prison guards and their families. The community is home to St. Lawrence College and the West Campus for Queen’s University. Anything the community lacks is within a five-minute drive in either direction.
City Central boasts 3 elementary schools, Polson Park Public School, Centennial Public School, and St. Thomas More Catholic School which deserves a special mention for not only ranking well in the Fraser Institute’s school ranking, but to show a drastic positive growth over the last five years. There is also a secondary school, LCVI which has a middle school Calvin Park with grade 7 and 8 students. You will find 3 daycare facilities in the community with another 5 within a 5-minute drive, the Kingston French Montessori School, and the Quintilian Private School for children with learning and social differences. For those seeking a higher education, St. Lawrence College is within the community as is the Western campus of Queen’s University.
Health and Medical
A bedroom community with great character, the district is designed for residents to travel downtown which is only a short drive away. That said, within the community, the Maple Family Clinic is on the boundary and there are more than a dozen more doctors and specialists downtown towards Kingston General Hospital which is only a short drive and has ample parking. You will also find 4 dentists within with 6 more close by. Though there is only one pharmacy within the community limits, five more are at the northern boarder along Bath Road. Providence Care is also situated in the community, offering over 20 community outreach services.
Parks And Recreation
An older community, there are many established trees on private properties in the community. That said, there are more than ten parks in the community, with Cataraqui Golf and Country Club Park and Lake Ontario Park deserving special notice, the former housing a golf course and curling complex, the latter sporting a splash pad and several areas for children to play.
Retail and services
Most of the amenities for the community can be found in the box stores at the Kingston centre to the north east of the community. Herein you will find a Canadian Tire, Beer store, and over a dozen more specialty and box stores. There is a Loblaw’s in the complex as well.
Though there are no auto garages within the community, it’s a short drive to find over 8 to serve your needs. You can enjoy 7 hair stylists, 3 gas stations on the outskirts of the community and 6 massage therapists within walking distance of the northern perimeter.
You can access all five major banks and several credit unions with a short drive or walk from the community.
Global Pet Foods and Pet Valu are in the retail complex north east of the community and two grooming facilities are available for your needs as well as two vet clinics along Bath Road.
Food and Entertainment
With direct and quick access to the downtown core, there is very little need for any restaurants. That said, within the community, you will find two sushi restaurants, the Greek Islands restaurant, and a Tim Hortons. With a short drive or ride on the bus, you can be downtown to enjoy many chain restaurants such as the Keg or independent restaurants such as the Copper Penny. If you don’t want to drive downtown, you can also take a short drive west on King St. W. to Days on Front restaurant.
The community also has access to Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Marina, which hosts many events, the Kingston Penitentiary which is still giving tours to the public, and Little Cataraqui Valley Conservation Area.
Transportation and Walkability
The community is in a perfect location for transportation to and from. There are 6 main roads servicing the area and any retail services have ample parking and you can walk there if you live in the north east of the region. That said, the side streets are a little winding and some have speed humps to slow traffic. Cyclists have a decent path for many of the roads as well.
Kingston Transit does a great job serving the area, travelling downtown quickly and often.
Pride of Ownership
The homes in this community have great curb appeal and character. Their age would indicate some will either need or have new amenities such as kitchen upgrades, new roofs, or new furnaces. You will find many move-in ready homes as well as some gems that will have tremendous value-added potential. Something to think about so close to downtown is adding basement apartments to increase value and explore income generation.
The community has well-manicured lawns with well established gardens and trees. There is a combination of single and two-story homes with vinyl siding and bricks.
As with several other districts that are beyond the downtown core of the city, residents will have to travel downtown or across town to enjoy any nightlife. There, you will find many bars and nightclubs as well as theatres, both cinema and the Kingston Grand, which hosts varied comedic and dramatic events as well as musical groups. A little further down the street you will also find the sport and event arena, Leon’s Centre.
Though this beautiful community is a bedroom community, it is so close to the downtown core that you may not notice. Whether you drive, walk, take public transit, or even use your bicycle, you have quick and easy access to the best Kingston has to offer while simultaneously enjoying limited traffic in your community. Most of the homes are older with construction limited to renovations.