> Neighbourhoods of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Within the greater Charlottetown area, there are many different neighbourhoods of varying degrees of wealth.
Located in close proximity to downtown, with many houses overlooking the Charlottetown harbour Brighton is Charlottetown's most prestigious neighborhood. Made up of some houses as old as 100 years, as well as continuing new development from the 1970's to today. Technically, all streets south of North River Road form Brighton. However, houses closest to the water tend to be larger, the most prestigious as well as the most expensive. Prices of homes in the brighton area range from the low 200 thousands, to over 1 million. Mature tree lined Queen Elizabeth Drive, which runs along the charlottetown harbour is the neighborhood's, and probably the city's most sought after street with very large older tudor and colonial style homes. Other notable streets in the neighborhood are Brittany Drive, Malahu Drive & Edinburgh Lane. Brighton is by far the most desirable neighbourhood in the city, especially with upscale affluent,executive families due to the close proximity to city schools. Undeveloped building lots have been known to sell for as high as $200,000.
Located on the other side (to the North) of North River Road is the neighbourhood of SpringPark This neighborhood is also made up of many large homes, however there are also smaller more afforable bungalows. SpringPark is popular with upper middle-class families, due to close proximity to city schools. Homes here range from $150,000-$300,000.
Located across the Ellen creek from Brighton, Divided by Beach Grove Road, is the neighbourhood of Lewis Point, made up of subdivisions Lewis Point Park and Orchard Hill. Like Brighton, some of the cities largest homes are found in Lewis Point Park, it is among the most desirable areas. Homes In Lewis Point Park range from the Low 200 thousands, all the way up to approximately $800,000. To the North of Beach Grove Road, is Orchard Hill, though there are some larger upscale homes located in a cluster at the back of the neighborhood, close to Maypoint Road. This neighborhood is decidedly more middle class. Expect to see homes for sale here for as little as $130,000, but in places, as high as $400,000.
Going further out of the city, where North River Road, turns into Malpeque Road and seperated from Lewis Point by The North River causeway, a busy four lane highway which connects suburban town "Cornwall" to Charlottetown is the area known as West Royalty . This area has seen rapid growth from the 1970's and is still expanding quite quickly today. This area is made up of subdivisions Grace Christian , Gates Subdivision , Bell Heights , Richmond Hill , Park West , Upton park , and the newest addition Sandlewood Park . This neighborhood is most popular with young, middle class families. Most homes in this area were built and then sold, as opposed to being custom built. There is an overwhelming amount of "Split-Entry" style houses here. The area's rapid growth, especially in the past five years can be largely attributed to the construction of a new elementary school, behind the Bell Heights Subdivision. Homes in this area generally range from $150,000-$250,000.
Traveling Eastbound on Charlottetown's four lane, undivided arterial highway know as "The Bypass" Finds the neighborhood of Sherwood. The sherwood area is by far Charlottetown's largest area of residential development. Most Homes in the area were built in the 70's & 80's. However some are newer. Sherwood is a middle class neighbourhood, however some of the newers homes, built in the last ten years have been larger and more upscale. Named after Sherwood Forest from the Robin Hood series. Homes in sherwood are built around beautiful, mature trees. Most streets in sherwood are names of trees. Pine Dr, Ash Dr, Maple Dr etc. Many of sherwood's early built homes are traditional, wellkept bungalows. Making many homes in Sherwood quite afforable, expect to find bungalows for as little as $130,000 but keep in mind some of the larger two storey homes sell for as high as $300,000.
Sherwood's sister neighbourhood, right next door, is Parkdale. Parkdale saw most of it's development in the 50's & 60's. Parkdale was Charlottetown's first real "suburban" neighborhood, not being located right in the city centre. Even though it has been 12 years since Charlottetown Amalgamated to included out lying areas, many longtime residents of Parkdale still refer to traveling to downtown as "going into town" or "going into Charlottetown" Parkdale is a lower middle class neighborhood. In addition to residential, there are also large amounts of Commercial and Industrial businesses. Many of Charlottetown's car dealerships are located in Here. Parkdale is also home to the Charlottetown Driving Park, which now includes a "Racino". The vast majority of homes in Parkdale are older, interesting bungalows with character. Homes in the area range in price from $120,000-$180,000.
Divided from Parkdale by The Bypass, is the area of East Royalty. This neighbourhood is mostly made by the subdivision "Hillsborough Park". This area is conveniently located directly off The Bypass, giving it easy access. This neighborhood is made up of many apartment buildings, townhouses, duplexes, as well as some single family homes. The subdivision was built in two phases about 15 years apart, meaning houses on phase one's Main Street - "Northridge Parkway" are noticeably older than homes on the second Main Street - "Westcomb Crescent". This is a strictly working class neighborhood, and is generally not well regarded by those who live outside it. However is well known for being a very good value, making this neighborhood attractive to young families, just starting out. This subdivision was built and then sold/rented, due to this many of the houses are the same, making it Charlottetown's most "Cookie Cutter" area. Townhouses/duplexes in Hillsborough Park can still be purchased for as low as $70,000. Single family homes range from $100,000 for a three bedroom bungalow, to about $130,000 for a two storey or split-level. There are a few smaller subdivions within the East Royalty area, containing homes slightly more upscale than those of Hillsborough Park. Homes in these areas are typically in the $150,000-$200,000 range.
Downtown Charlottetown, does not have a particularly large number of residents. Most of the building are used only for commercial purposes. There has been a campaign in recent years to attract people back into the downtown core, as the popularity and convenience of the many suburban neighborhoods above, has drawn many away from downtown. Apart from a few new condominum developments, most of the housing in downtown charlottetown is comprised of lower class rental apartment buildings. Charlottetown is known for having beautiful large heritage homes in it's downtown, however most of them have been converted to upscale Inns, Bed & Breakfasts, and restaurants. West Street, Grafton Street, Fitzroy Street and Great George Street, are all areas these heritage homes can be found. Streets such as Cumberland,Dorchester,Weymouth,Bayfield and King are most often associated with drugs,crime and poverty.
Located on either side of Charlottetown are suburban towns of Stratford (population approx 7,500) and Cornwall (population approx 5,000) Stratford, connected to Charlottetown's Grafton Street and Bypass via Hillsborough Bridge. Has several neighborhoods, ranging from working class, to upscale. Stratford is generally regarded as the Wealthy suburb of Charlottetown due to the large concentration of upscale subdivisions overlooking the City of Charlottetown. Some of the homes in stratford are comparable in size and price to those in Charlottetown's Wealthy Brighton. Overall Stratford is upper-middle class, but has many pockets of very rich residential districts. Wealthy Areas Include Tea Hill, Keppoch & Kinlock. There is a major chain grocery store in Stratford, as well as a national home improvement chain store. Several restaurants, schools, and shopping plazas, make Startford practically self contained. Stratford has grown steadily since the 1970's and is currently experiencing a boom in new construction of single family homes, as well as upscale condominiums and townhouses. Stratford is the fastest growing municipality in the province of Prince Edward Island. Due to the popularity of Stratford homes have grown to be quite expensive, expect to pay about $20,000 more for a similar house in stratford compared to say, sherwood, for example. Homes in Stratford range from about $150,000-1 million. The neighborhoods in the town are more smartly planned, and tend to include only homes of similar value. You will not find a $150,000 bungalow next to a Large $600,000 home, as you might in some of Charlottetown's subdivisions.
Cornwall is located across the city, on the outskirts of the opposite side. Connected to Charlottetown via Transcanada Highway, North River Causeway. Cornwall has many neighborhoods ranging from Lower working class rental housing, found on streets such as Lower Drive, to Uppermiddle class neighborhoods like Southgate, Elliott Park, & Primrose Point. Cornwall has some services such as a small grocery store, hair salon, and some fast food chains, however most people travel to Charlottetown to make major purchases. Despite it's recent growth and positive influence on suburban life in the greater Charlottetown Area, Cornwall has long been known for it's problems with petty crime, and vandalism. Due to this, there is usually a strong presense of Police in the town. Overall Cornwall is a middle class Town, homes range from $100,000-$300,000.
Several others areas, which are not considered part of the great Charlottetown area, but are in within short distance, and are what you could call the outskirts, include: Winsloe, York, and Milton.
Charlottetown is currently experiencing a boom in new residential construction.