5.4 out of 10

Kingston

-35.3148417720405 149.146523514906
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The Cultural Capital of Canberra"

Cafes, parks, nightlife, beautiful scenery - Kingston has it all. Weekends buzz with coffee drinkers, kids play in Telopea Park, it's a short walk down to the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin, and it's home to some of the best restaurants in the city. I've lived on Giles St. for the last five years, and I would never consider moving.
Sure, it is a pretty expensive part of town, but that's what you get for living in a place that is beautiful, stylish, and exciting.
Telopea Park school is a short walk across the park, there's a pre-school on Giles St., and it's a feeder suburb for Narrabundah College, which is consistently one of the highest-rated colleges in the territory. For those who want to send their children to private schools, St. Edmunds and St. Clare's are within walking distance on Canberra Avenue.
This is really the cultural hub of the ACT. My apartment has views to the lake and to Black Mountain, and I can watch the sun set from my balcony over a glass of wine. Truly a wonderful place to live.
Pros
  • Wonderful cafes and restaurants
  • Beautiful, leafy environment
  • Wonderful people
Cons
  • Can be expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Overpriced and unsafe"

Kingston is convenient for the city and a short walk to good restaurants. There the positives end. There is a serious dark side to the area in terms of crime. Attacks on property and cars are increasing, as is burglary and seemingly, the police are unable to remedy the situation.

We only currently rent in the area – we are so pleased we didn’t buy there. The properties are grossly overpriced. Many of the properties have large locked gates to their properties and it would seem they are living in a prison. This review may sound harsh, but the reality of living here over a prolonged period can be much harsher for some poor people who have invested a lot of money in their new home. We’re moving from the area soon, and quite frankly, it won’t be soon enough!
Pros
  • Cafes and restaurants close by
Cons
  • Crime
  • Properties - excemptionally poor value for money
Recommended for
  • Students