Top 3 Family Neighbourhoods in Ottawa

Ottawa is a great city to live in, and that’s especially true for young professionals looking for affordable homes, employment opportunities, and exciting entertainment. Families shouldn’t overlook Ottawa houses for sale, however, as some of its neighbourhoods are well suited to fulfill the needs of your family.

If you have a family looking to live in Ottawa, you’d do well to start your search for a home in these 3 particular areas:

1.   Kanata

Just about everyone’s list of family-friendly areas in Ottawa include Kanata. It’s located west of downtown Ottawa, and it’s a rather large suburb. It’s grown in recent years as it’s become a center for an increasing number of tech companies who have made the community their headquarters.

For families, it’s a relief to note that prices of homes here are comparatively affordable. That’s especially true when you compare the prices here with the prices of homes on the more central neighbourhoods of Ottawa.

The 417 here has undergone a large expansion, so that commuting is nowadays a lot easier. But you don’t really have to travel far for shopping and entertainment. There’s always the Centrum Shopping Centre.

Families can enjoy easy access to various community center activities and programs, and of course there are plenty of parks. Kids will have fun with the Kanata Recreation Complex, where they can enjoy the toboggan hill and various skating rinks. They can also enjoy mini-golf at the Blackbird Falls Putting Course. If you’re a hockey fan, there are also the Senators games at the Canadian Tire Centre. This is also where they hold lots of concerts.

2.   The Glebe

The homes here are a bit more expensive, but then there’s a price to pay for living in one of the oldest suburbs in Ottawa. The streets are lined with trees to give the place a lot of character, while the people here demonstrate a very strong sense of community.

There are lots of young families here and the residents are friendly, so your family will immediately feel at home. You will most likely enjoy the Great Glebe Garage Sale which occurs yearly, and the residents here turn it into a huge block party every time.

The homes here don’t have much in terms of backyard space, but your family can still enjoy the outdoors with the many parks and trails you can try out and visit. There’s also the canal. Plenty of people here don’t feel the need to own a family car because of the Virtucar station and lots of families have bikes.

Families can also enjoy the Glebe Community Centre, and you can easily find studios for gymnastics, dance, and karate.

3.   Westboro

If you want to live closer to the city center and away from the suburbs, you ought to consider Westboro. It’s a neighbourhood for families with higher than average income, but then families can enjoy the privilege of being near just about every place you need to get to. It’s an extremely walkable area, as you can walk to various business spots and services. It’s a very urban spot, as you have about 200 restaurants and shops to choose from.

If you live here, it’ll take only 5 minutes or so before you find yourself at Westboro beach or running along the river. Families with al love for the outdoors should head on out to Mountain Equipment Co-Op for sporting and camping gear.

Foodies will love the Italian food at Napoli, while vegetarian families can have their dietary needs met with aplomb at the Pure Kitchen and The Table where the vegan dishes are definitely creative.