Downtown St. John's is not only a destination for work and entertainment - it is also a place to live. In recent years the downtown has become a desirable neighbourhood with a lively mix of people from all walks of life. The Victorian era houses are typically painted in bright colours. The downtown also offers condominium living.
The Georgestown neighbourhood located just north of the downtown (in the city centre) was recently voted the best neighbourhood in St. John's by The Scope, a bi-weekly alternative newspaper.
The Churchill Square neighbourhood near the city centre was one of the first planned neighbourhoods in Canada after the Second World War. Many properties have been rebuilt or have had extensive renovations as people wish to remain in this established, tree-filled neighbourhood. Churchill Square is on the doorstep of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre and the A.C. Hunter Public Library.
The east end of St. John's has green space, golf courses, is in close proximity to the international airport and is located 10 minutes drive from the city centre. New development has been particularly brisk in such subdivisions as Clovelly Trails (Osprey Landing) and King Williams Estates. The latter is considered an exclusive, affluent neighbourhood (some of the properties have their own lake frontage), where prices typically start at $500,000+ and reach upwards of $1 million.
Kenmount Terrace is a new subdivision located off Kenmount Road in the north end of the city. The neighbourhood is on the doorstep of the Kelsey Drive Big Box Centre with multiple major retailers.
Established in the seventies, Cowan Heights is a popular neighbourhood located in the west end of St. John’s. Cowan Heights is close to schools, churches and shopping and offers a variety of house styles from entry-level to executive.
Southlands is a growing neighbourhood located in the west end of St. John's and is home to many young families as it is close to schools and recreational pursuits including golfing.