Living in Kinning Park
Living in a neighbourhood that's so close to the city centre is always a pleasure, especially when the area is home to so many high quality amenities. The buzz of the metropolis is always in the air in Kinning Park, yet the area retains a strong and independent character. This neighbourhood is popular with newcomers and existing residents alike, and it's easy to see why.
Kinning Park has a fascinating history, having at one time been a tranquil village that lay close to a route into the ever-developing Glasgow. These days, it's a lovely suburb that's home to a number of iconic buildings, many of which are listed, but at one time it was little more than a rural watering hole for those heading north to Glasgow or south to Kilmarnock.
The M8, M74 and M77 motorways are all to be found close by, so motorists can get into the city centre and to anywhere else on Scotland's motorway network in very little time. It should be noted, however, that the city's impressive Subway loop is within walking distance. Kinning Park has its own station, located between those at Shields Road and Cessnock.
There are plenty of shops to be found in Kinning Park, but those seeking high end fashions can easily hop across the river to Glasgow's many shopping areas. The Shields Road Park and Ride service is nearby, so it's easy to leave the car there and to head to the retail therapy on the bus instead. It's good to know so many wonderful stores are to be found within a very short distance.
Dine in style when you go out for the evening
Needless to say, the same rule applies to eating out. You'll find an eclectic selection of restaurants in Kinning Park itself, especially perhaps in and around Paisley Road, so an excellent meal is never far away. And if you fancy some high end dining, you can just pop into Glasgow and take your pick from any number of fine eateries throughout the city centre.
The proximity of Kinning Park to the River Clyde makes the neighbourhood perfect for people who like to keep fit. Those who seek houses to rent in Glasgow which are close to top quality cycling and jogging routes would be well advised to consider this neighbourhood. Many of the routes in and around here will offer some spectacular views of one of the UK's most celebrated waterfronts.
Movie lovers will be spoilt for choice here, with several high profile cinemas to be found within easy reach. They include the Odeon at Springfield Quay and the Cineworld complex at Pacific Quay. Live theatre shows are always popular in Glasgow, so be sure to pay a visit to the Citizens Theatre in Gorbals Street and Glasgow's Theatre Royal, which is just across the river in Hope Street.
If you prefer sports stars to movie stars, you'll enjoy living in Mosspark, Kinning Park or Gorbals. Ibrox Stadium, the home of Rangers FC, is just a mile or so from here, while Celtic play their home games less than four miles to the east. Shawfield Greyhound Stadium, Hampden Park and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome are all within easy reach. Kinning Park hosted the Scottish Cup Final back in the 1880s, in a stadium that is now covered over by the M8 motorway.
A number of excellent schools are to be found throughout the area, so it's a neighbourhood that will appeal to parents looking for flats to rent in Glasgow. For younger children, Lorne Street Primary and St Albert's Primary are good choices, while older pupils in the area will often attend Holyrood Secondary in Dixon Road or Bellahouston Academy in Gower Terrace.
The ideal place for students to find a home
In the run-up to a new academic year, students attending the University of Glasgow begin the search for flats and hoses which are within easy reach of the main campus at Gilmorehill. Kinning Park is a popular choice, in part because it's only two miles away. The subway route from here is just six stations from Hillhead, and the journey only takes a few minutes.
Kinning Park is pleasingly close to a number of popular tourist attractions in Glasgow, so residents are never far away from an important landmark or two. The Charles Rennie Mackintosh-inspired House for an Art Lover is located in nearby Bellahouston Park, while the city's acclaimed Science Centre is always a popular spot for a day out with the family.
You'll find a number of good quality healthcare amenities in and around Kinning Park, including Kinning Park Medical Centre in Admiral Street. The Regency Medical Practice in McCulloch Street is also popular with the locals. Several hospitals are within easy reach of here, including the New Victoria Hospital to the south-east and, in Govan Road, the 1,600-bed Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
With so many art galleries and museums in the vicinity, a little culture is always easy to find if you live in Kinning Park. Just across the Clyde you'll find the Gallery of Modern Art in Royal Exchange Square, the Hunterian Art Gallery in University Avenue and, perhaps the jewel in the city's impressive crown, the world-famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Kinning Park is one of those neighbourhoods which offer a high quality of life, and it deserves to be on everyone's must-visit list. To find further information about the area, have a chat with our experts at the earliest opportunity.