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The Best Places To Live In Kingston and St Andrew

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When I first moved to Kingston, I had a difficult time trying to find an affordable and yet relatively safe place where I could live. Being from Montego Bay, I didn’t know the city well and I couldn’t afford a place in property hotspots such as New Kingston which were mostly all I’d known about at the time. Luckily, I had a few friends from Kingston. They were able to help me find somewhere reasonably priced. Were it not for my friends, I would have been forced to opt for somewhere more expensive than Hughenden. Alternatively, I may not have made the move from Montego Bay to Kingston.

This guide is solely to provide you with a starting point when making your decision on the best place for you to live in Kingston & St. Andrew.

Hopefully this guide will help you in identifying a good place to live in Kingston & St. Andrew that suits your budget and preferences. It should be useful whether or not you know anyone in the Kingston & St. Andrew parish or anywhere else in Jamaica itself. Furthermore, it shouldn't matter if you are looking for properties for sale in Jamaica or properties for rent in Jamaica.

This guide lists neighbourhoods in the Kingston & St. Andrew parish that Jamaicans as a whole would consider somewhat safe to live in. The locations were selected solely based on the reputation of the various areas according to persons living in the city. They were not compiled using scientific and statistical data.

Upmarket Areas

In going to the top of the list, you’ll find what could be considered the very best places to live in Kingston & St. Andrew where prime residential properties abound. Naturally, many of the houses in these areas are homes to some of Jamaica’s most influential personalities such as the current Prime Minister, Andrew Holness.

  1. Barbican

  2. Belgrade Heights

  3. Belvedere

  4. Beverly Hills

  5. Cherry Gardens

  6. Cooper's Hill

  7. Forest Hills

  8. Golden Spring

  9. Greenwich

  10. Irish Town

  11. Kirkland Heights

  12. Liguanea

  13. Long Mountain

  14. Manor Park

  15. Millsborough

  16. Norbrook

  17. Plantation Heights

  18. Jacks Hill

  19. Stony Hill

  20. Smoky Vale

  21. Strawberry Hill

  22. Waterworks

Other Desirable Areas

In this list, we’ve outlined localities which are not necessarily deemed the best places to live in Kingston & St. Andrew, but are still considered to be sought-after residential areas for first-time buyers and persons looking for good locations and affordable housing. It is normal that properties for rent in these areas are taken off the market within days of being advertised. Also, genuine purchase offers for properties for sale in such areas are often received within a month or two. As a result, if you are looking to invest in Jamaican real estate, specifically in the Kingston & St. Andrew parish, you will want to start by investigating the resale or rent value of these locations.

  1. Allerdyce

  2. Arcadia

  3. Aylsham

  4. Bull Bay

  5. Camperdown

  6. Constant Spring

  7. Copocabana

  8. Dunrobin

  9. Gordon Town

  10. Harbour View

  11. Havendale

  12. Hope Pastures

  13. Hughenden

  14. Mannings Hill

  15. Meadowbrook

  16. Meadowland

  17. Mona Heights

  18. New Kingston

  19. Papine

  20. Queensborough

  21. Rock Hall

  22. State Gardens

  23. Trafalgar

  24. Washington Gardens

  25. Waterloo

  26. Ziadie Gardens

One person’s definition of rough may differ to another person’s

At the end of the day, you need to remember that the best place to live for you depends on what’s important to you. Consider factors such as affordability, proximity to good schools and local amenities, public transportation options, time to commute, and crime rates.

This guide is solely to provide you with a starting point when making your decision on the best place for you to live in Kingston & St. Andrew.

You should also note that one person’s definition of rough may differ to another person’s. As such, areas not suggested may simply have a bad reputation while still being a decent area in which to live. Furthermore, others which have a good reputation may also have ‘rough’ areas.


This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. You should seek the advice of a real estate professional before making any type of investment.

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