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Good ’Hoods: Best Ottawa Neighbourhoods for Young Professionals

Moving to Ottawa? You’ve probably heard of the city’s most coveted real estate destinations. It’s because they’re so well known that they keep getting more expensive. Luckily for you, there are a few other corners of our nation’s capital that are becoming ever more desirable for young professionals seeking their sweet spot in a condo, townhouse or detached character home. So let’s not talk about the Glebe and the Golden Triangle, darlings of the downtown core, and never mind hipster haven Westboro, nestled by the Ottawa River. For those with a flare for character and variety, the best bang for your buck awaits in Hintonburg, Wellington Village and Little Italy.

Image of storefronts next to a church in Hintonburg, Ottawa
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Hintonburg

Only 10 to 15 minutes from Parliament Hill, the beloved ByWard Market and the Canadian Museum of Nature is where you hit this up-and-coming eclectic favourite. Here, residents and visitors alike come together to browse the many businesses along Wellington Street (most independently owned and supported by residents), to catch a home-grown performance at the renowned Great Canadian Theatre Company, or to celebrate cultural events organized by Hintonburg’s passionate community association.

Here, stars of the local scene team up every June for the Westfest celebration of gourmet food, local vendors and live music, while the show goes on all year at Elmdale Tavern – a celebrated haunt with both local bands and top-rated oyster delicacies on the menu.

While extensive infilling over the last decade sped Hintonburg’s gentrification, many lovely early 20th century homes survive, maintained or restored to keep roots of this remarkable neighbourhood intact as a passionate new generation moves in.

Young professionals enjoying drinks at a trendy pub

Wellington Village

If you’re closing in on the transition from eligible young professional to enterprising young parent, head west from Hintonburg to find Wellington Village. It’s a more family-friendly locus – just check out the excellent schools and active community and business investment associations – but it retains the vibrant energy of some of Ottawa’s trendier neighbourhoods.

With modern restaurants, cute boutiques and standout cafés all eminently walkable, you won’t have to retrace your steps east just to sip a local microbrew at the pub. . Or, if you’re starting out in a condo but need to make room for a plus one or two down the road, you may like Wellington so much you stay for the longer term. When that time comes, there’ll be plenty of mature homes to welcome your growing family, without requiring you swap your organic grocer for a big-box supermarket.

Storefront in Little Italy, Ottaw
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Little Italy

Perhaps only the finest quality Italian food will do! If that’s your taste, you can’t go wrong crossing the gate at Preston Street onto Corso Italia, where charming 1900s homes stand alongside new developments, townhouses and low-rise condos.

This ’hood is ideally located to hit up neighbouring Hintonburg and Chinatown – not to mention the city centre – by bike or on foot. Yes, paths and transit options make Little Italy one of the most commutable spots in the city, whether you go downtown for work or out of town for recreation.

But why leave for R&R when, right at home, you’ve got the best pasta, gelato and beer (listed in a ‘Bible’, no less, at Pub Italia) in town? Not to mention the remodeled indoor pool and gym facilities at the Plant Recreation Centre. Not only is Little Italy’s central location enviable, you’ll find that the community spirit is too – the type of spirit that might have you living in this hotspot through many stages of your life.

Come discover what Ottawa has to offer young professionals looking for a place to call home. No matter where you land, a local Purplebricks REALTOR® is happy to help make it a comfortable move. Purplebricks provides full-service experiences with incredible rewards: buyers receive $2,000 cash back* and sellers save thousands in commission! Call 1-855-999-9740 to learn more.