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5 Gorgeous Neighbourhoods in Ottawa

Ottawa is finally getting its chance in the limelight. People across Canada are starting to notice just how beautiful and exciting this city is. Rated one of the best cities to live in, Ottawa is attracting new residents, both students coming to study at uOttawa or Algonquin College, and professionals seeking jobs in government and the tech industry here. It’s no surprise to us — residents have always known that our capital is so much more than just a ‘government town.’ The city has stunning parks, year-round entertainment, an abundance of recreational activities even in winter, in addition to a plethora of job options and vibrant communities. Check out some of the best neighbourhoods to live in if you are renting in Ottawa below.  


This neighbourhood is home to two villages, Richmond and Munster, and even two communities of Dwyer Hill and Twin Elms. Located just a 30-minute drive from Ottawa, Richmond is a historic village located on Jock River and has a gorgeous landscape. There are many historic buildings as the village was founded in the early 1800s by settlers. It’s the perfect country living spot with peace and quiet, and plenty of nature — the Rideau Trail runs through the village, connecting it with the city. If you are ready to escape the busy life of the city but still want to access all the amenities, check out our properties there, perfect for settling down.  


If you’re looking for more excitement and an area that has a true city vibe, Lowertown is the perfect place to rent your home in. Located east of downtown and bounded by the Rideau River to the north and east, this area is the oldest in the city. You’ll find beautiful Victorian homes, condo towers, and mix-use buildings that are just a hop, skip and jump away from the Byward Market and downtown.  


Kanata has been referred to as the Silicon Valley of the North. Here you’ll find big high-tech companies that attract young professionals and families alike. Kanata also offers plentiful housing options, from condos to bungalows to luxury homes. The area is also home to the Canadian Tire Centre which hosts the Ottawa Senators and major concerts. Residents here have everything they need at their fingertips – outlet malls, exceptional dining, recreational opportunities, and great schools. Whether you are a professional or a student working at the tech park, renting to live in Kanata is the choice to make to be close to work and avoid commuting every day.  


What was once a rough neighbourhood has recently been transformed into a hip and popular spot in Ottawa. With an incredible location just 10 minutes west of downtown and smack dab in the middle of Westboro and Little Italy, the area has become increasingly popular among young families and professionals over the years. You’ll find condo options, quaint homes, and many trendy restaurants, cafes, and shops closeby. It’s a fun area that is affordable to rent in while you enjoy all the entertainment around!  


If you are looking to get away from it all, Arnprior is waiting for you. It’s a 40-minute drive from downtown Ottawa and is located just past the township of Carp. Arnprior is at the meeting of the Madawaska River and the Ottawa river and is situated right in the Ottawa Valley. The town has grown a lot in the past decade. Known for hydropower generation, lumber, and even aerospace, Arnprior is continuously drawing in new business and expanding. Since only about 9000 people live there, the town maintains its perfect small-town charm and feel. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy peace and quiet if you work in Ottawa and don’t mind the nice drive.   Ottawa has so many great neighbourhoods; it’s hard to choose just five to talk about. If you’re looking to move to the area, feel free to ask us any questions you may have about renting here and which community is best for your lifestyle and budget. At Sleepwell Property Management, we’ve been helping people just like yourself find the perfect place to call home here in Ottawa. Contact us today, and we’ll show you all the latest listings!