Remember when you could borrow a cup of sugar from a neighbour and linger for a chat on their front step?
Remember when a stroll around the neighbourhood was a guarantee of seeing people to greet with a smile instead of doing the Eyes Down Pandemic Dance where we jive left and they duck right to avoid close contact on the sidewalk?
If there’s one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has taught us, it’s that we crave contact, we are drawn to community, and given the opportunity to help others by staying home, Ottawans are more than willing to step up to do their part.
So in a time where anything can happen and we are called on to pivot and be flexible, why not embrace the notion that anything is possible and consider the possibilities of moving to a borough in the city where you can settle in and fulfill your need for community. For contact. For a lifestyle where you can thrive in times where we might otherwise be tempted to focus only on survival.
The Bob Blake team has compiled this list of 3 highly desired neighbourhoods in Ottawa that fill this need for a sense of belonging, connection and community. Based on data from the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study (ONS) based at the Centre for Research and Education in Community Services (CRECS) at the University of Ottawa. We hope to give you a quick glance overview of 5 neighbourhoods in the City of Ottawa that have strong real estate potential and a thriving community feel. If you are looking to buy a home in Ottawa, take a look and reach out if you would like to explore these, or any other neighbourhoods in Ottawa a little more closely!
1. Good Old Times in Old Ottawa South
ONS boundaries: Bronson Avenue, Rideau Canal, Avenue Road, Rideau River
Old Ottawa South is chock-a-block full of culture and long timers that have built and maintained its community feel. We’re talking about good old block parties, outdoor theatre and a vintage cinema, a library branch and community centre, and easy access to walking and bike paths along the Rideau Canal and Rideau River for recreational and healthy commuting options.
Height restrictions and the influence of the well-grounded residents (pun fully intended!) has kept tall condo builds to a minimum which has kept the old time feel of this Ottawa borough alive and well. Reach out to the Bob Blake Team if you would like to explore home buying options in Old Ottawa South.
2. Lindenlea – New Edinburgh
ONS Boundaries: Lisgar Road, Maple Lane, Acacia Avenue, Beechwood Avenue, Rideau River, Ottawa River
Oozing with vintage charm, covered with trees and nestled between the Rideau River and Ottawa River parklands, the Lindenlea-New Edinburgh neighbourhood of Ottawa boasts a high percentage of pre-1950s homes. New Edinburghers have their own little main street on Beechwood with numerous pubs and shops and even before the COVID-19 Pandemic changed our workplace routines, more than 50% of the residents walked or biked to work which creates a close community feel to the morning and afternoon commute!
If you would like to look at some of the exciting pre-1950s homes on the market in Lindenlea – New Edinburgh area of Ottawa, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Bob Blake Team - you could be settled in and ready to meet your new neighbours before the next annual lantern festival!
3. Leave the Car at Home, Move to Carlingwood West
ONS boundaries: Ottawa River, Transitway, Carling Avenue, Woodroffe Avenue (south of Carling), the Queensway, Carling Avenue, Woodroffe Avenue (north of Carling)
This area of Ottawa includes the neighbourhoods of Woodpark, Glabar Park, McKellar Heights, and a portion of Lincoln Heights east of the Transitway. Carlingwood West is great for those who want to be able to walk for groceries, run along the Ottawa River, and take advantage of the LRT for commuting downtown when Stage 2 is complete (target date 2025).
The majority of homes in Carlingwood West are pre 1980’s and offer great real estate opportunities for buyers looking for good bones and space to expand. Lace up your walking shoes and reach out if you would like to check out some properties for sale in Carlingwood West - we’ll walk you through the possibilities!
So go ahead, dream a little and imagine what it would be like to move into a home in a neighbourhood where community and connection are thriving, even in a pandemic! The team at Bob Blake are more than happy to help you discover some new possibilities and introduce you to these 3 highly desirable neighbourhoods in Ottawa!