West of Sir John A. MacDonald Boulevard
Anchored by the Kingston Centre shopping complex on the south-eastern outskirts of the community, the area West of Sir John A MacDonald Boulevard encompasses north of Bath road to the 401 and between Sydenham Road and Sir John A Boulevard. The area is experiencing some growth which will certainly increase with the widening of John Counter as traffic flows from one end of the city to the other. Though a great find for many homes, you may consider it more of a bedroom community with many services provided outside of the small area.
Balsam Grove, Glenarden, Heathfield, Strathcona Park, Valleyview
The community provides two elementary schools and a secondary school. Special mention should be given to Marie-Rivier secondary as it ranks the highest in Kingston. That said, the regulations require a family to have come from the French school system to be eligible to attend.
There are also four daycare facilities to provide spaces for families with young children.
Health and Medical
The community west of Sir John A while low in their own medical professionals, are well located to access the rest of Kingston. That said, the community does have 3 doctors in addition to the Maple Health clinic. The community also hosts CreekSide Dental, which has many glowing reviews on Google and a denture clinic with 3 more dental clinics in the Kingston Centre. There are 2 chiropractors, 3 physiotherapists, and a very good optometrist office down on Bath road.
To support these professionals, there are three pharmacies, a Rexall and a Shoppers Drug Mart on the edge of the Kingston Centre plus one in Loblaws
Parks and Recreation
This community is a little different than some in the City of Kingston. With limited greenspace, you will want to hold dear to the lawns or trees on your own property. That said, the homes in the community have a lot of old growth trees. William Hackett park is under construction until the expansion of John Counter and the train overpass are completed.
Parks of the community
Valley view Park
With such great access to the 401, many residents will have access to the other pet services in town. For those who may drive, there are 2 vet clinics with another only a quick drive down John Counter. There are also two pet food stores; one a part of a chain, the other, an independent store. There is only one groomer directly in the community, however there is another at the vet along John Counter. Unfortunately, none of the parks are considered pet friendly.
Though the primary retail stores can be found at the Kingston Centre, you will also be pleasantly surprised with several services along Princess Street and John Counter as well as towards the 401 on Sir John A MacDonald Boulevard. These include more commercialized retail such as Bridle Path Tack Shop, Brafasco, and Rigney Building Supplies.
The Kingston Centre includes many stores in a strip mall formation.There, you will find stores like the Bell Store, Easy Home, and a Canadian Tire. The Kingston Centre also has all of the major banks within walking distance and there is a Beer Store not far down Princess Street.
The area has a Loblaws as well as a Food Basics.
Food and Entertainment
Though you will find a few restaurants such as the Greek Islands, Bistro Stefan, and two serving sushi, the area isn’t packed like the downtown core. There are also the standard fair of fast food services such as KFC and a few Tim Horton’s for busy families.
When it comes to entertainment, you will find a gem in the community in Absolute Comedy.
Pride of Ownership
Most of the housing is found south of John Counter. Many of these homes are single story with a garage in the basement. As mentioned earlier, there is significant older growth trees and by all appearances, the community takes care of their homes. Given the age of the homes, you will find some that require updating in structure as well as aesthetics as well as those that have already enjoyed renovations for new kitchens and replacement roofs or furnaces.
Transportation and Walkability
The general layout for the streets is fairly straight-forward and easy to navigate. You can access the 401 on either Sydenham Road or Sir John A MacDonald Boulevard to the north while Princess Street and Bath Road will either take you downtown or out to the township and Amherstview beyond. John Counter is currently under constant construction, but when it’s completed, you will gain two lane access across the northern part of the city and the highly anticipated third crossing.
If you live near the southern portion on Bath road, you will find a good walkable path to many services. Otherwise, a car will make it far easier to navigate the community.
Kingston Transit has a great presence in the community.
Aside from the dining at restaurants like Bistro Stefan, it’s sister pub, Tom’s Place, and Absolute Comedy, you will find yourself travelling downtown to the east along Princess Street, to the west to the Cineplex Odeon or out to Landmark Cinemas a few minutes drive along Dalton Ave. near the 401.
Though the major arteries have significant traffic, the inner streets are quiet. The communities in the area are a great place for young families. You will find some gems that need updating as well as many move-in ready homes that don’t need anything. With the major roadways available, you can take advantage of Kingston Transit for general commuting as well as for kids attending school.