As experienced Realtors, we have had the opportunity to work all over the City of Ottawa. We have lived and worked in Ottawa’s communities and can help you decide which one is right for you. Whether you are looking to be in a vibrant urban hotspot, a tree-lined residential neighbourhood or a brand new development we can guide you through the process.
Here are just a few of the fantastic neighbourhoods you will find in Ottawa:
- Old Ottawa South
- Old Ottawa East
- Golden Triangle
- West Centretown/Preston Street
- Wellington Village
- Alta Vista
The neighbourhood just east of the canal is called Old Ottawa East. This area is bordered by the Rideau Canal to the north and west, and the Rideau River which wraps around part of this community along its eastern and southern borders.
A quaint commercial strip along Main Street allows local residents to have quick access to health foods, a delicious vegetarian restaurant, pharmacy and local coffee shop, among other services. The recent addition of high-end condo projects and new infill housing has added a modern flair to this established community. Its long-time residents cherish the quiet, residential feel.
Old Ottawa East is filled with fantastic parkland, and is virtually surrounded by walking routes and bike paths, making it the ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts, dog-lovers and active families.
The Golden Triangle is dynamic and highly desirable quadrant of Centretown. It is bordered by Elgin Street to the west, the Courthouse to the north and the Queensway to the north. Its predominant feature, though, is the canal, which runs along its eastern border. You would be hard-pressed to find a resident of the Golden Triangle who doesn’t use the canal for one activity or another!
Despite its proximity to the restaurants, pubs and nightlife along Elgin Street, the area’s residents find much quiet along residential streets. This small neighborhood offers great schools, several parks, a community center complete with pool and a strong sense of community. Its older period homes are interspersed with newer infill and range from apartments to large single-family homes.
The Golden Triangle is a stone’s throw to the Rideau Center, Byward market, Parliament Hill, museums and galleries. The recent addition of a pedestrian walkway provides direct access to Ottawa University.
Just west of the downtown core is the eclectic and popular “Little Italy.” The neighbourhood is bordered by Albert Street to the north, Carling Avenue to the south and extends about a block west of Preston where it intersects with Hintonburg. Its geography makes it an ideal location for commuters.
Though the neighbourhood has a rich history and has always enjoyed a strong community pride, recent years have seen increased popularity, especially with young urban professionals. The new addition of large high tech office towers and government buildings along Preston Street have brought about even more interest in this urban hot-spot.
At the corner of Preston and Somerset sits the re-modeled Plant Recreation Centre, a modern facility enjoyed by a diverse range of community members. Preston Street is known for its fanastic restaurants, which suit a wide range of tastes. Whether you prefer Italian, Thai, or Modern Pub Fare, you will certainly be satisfied here. You can even pop in to the local gelateria on your walk home!
Located west of Preston Street (the O-Train tracks to be precise) is the diverse, creative and historic community of Hintonburg. This area is bordered by Scott Street to the north, the Queensway to the south and Holland Avenue to the west. The Ottawa Citizen recently described Hintonburg as Ottawa’s “newest ‘it’ community” and that “residents like the funky, affordable, multicultural and multi-generational aspects of their neighbourhood.”
Restaurants, local art galleries and shops line Wellington Street, the areas commercial strip. At the corner of Holland and Wellington you will find the new home for the Great Canadian Theatre Company, assisting this neighbourhood in emerging as an arts hot-spot for the city. Enjoy a stroll to the Parkdale Market to pick up your fresh produce and stop in at one of local coffee shops for a latte.
Hintonburg boasts quick access to bike paths along the Ottawa River, which can be used for your commute to work and weekend recreation. The community is home to great little parks, fantastic schools and a spirit that is insurmountable!
Just east of Hintonburg, between Holland Avenue and Island Park Drive, Wellington Village is a fantastic place to live and play. This area offers everything for the growing family, with quality schools, parks and quiet tree-lined streets. Young professionals and empty nesters can choose from some of the highest quality condo developments in Ottawa. Everyone will enjoy a daily stroll along Wellington, whether to grab a latte, pick up some warm bagels, get some groceries, have a gourmet dinner or take in a play! Just park your car and walk to everything!
One of the most sought after neighbourhoods in Ottawa, Westboro offers a “village” atmosphere to it’s residents. Nestled between Island Park Drive and Golden Avenue, and bordered by the Ottawa River to the north and Carling Avenue to the south, this area is filled with hip shops, cafes and restaurants. Here you will find easy access to Westboro Beach and the Ottawa River Parkway as well as countless parks and greenspaces. Residents enjoy easy access to amenities, recreation, fantastic schools and numerous options for transit to work, whether using peddle power or a bus pass!
Often referred to as the closest “suburb” to downtown, Alta Vista is bordered by the Rideau River to the north, banks Street to the west, Heron Road to the south and a strip of green space to the west. Perhaps its greatest assets are its proximity to the hospitals and its short commute to downtown combined with generous-sized lots.
Alta Vista’s various pockets offer slightly different variations of 1950’s and 1960’s-built homes with some areas boasting many new, large, high-end homes, particularly in Faircrest Heights, the area closest to the hospitals. Alta Vista is home to a diverse demographic and house styles ranging from brick bungalows to two-story family homes.
Many active residents of Alta Vista find the area close enough to cycle to work, but for those who don’t transit is easily found in all corners. There are several schools and many parks plus access to the river bike paths, all of which make the neighbourhood appealing to those seeking space and proximity to downtown.
For more information on these and other neighbourhoods, please contact us. We would be happy to pour over a map with you and discuss many unique neighbourhoods.