Living in Ottawa's Central Core

Downtown Ottawa (Centretown, Market/Lowertown, Sandy Hill etc.)


Anyone looking to live a more urban lifestyle in Ottawa would best be served by starting a home search in Ottawa’s central core, comprising Centretown, the Golden Triangle, the ByWard Market & Lowertown, Sandy Hill and nearby communities. If you love city life, with all the amenities that go along with it – restaurants, shopping, arts & entertainment – plus proximity to work, there’s plenty to choose from in downtown Ottawa and the immediate surroundings.

You’ve got a full range of housing options here, too. Want a high-rise condo or mid-rise condo? Centretown, Downtown, the Market and Sandy Hill have a sizable concentration of condos that meet a variety of lifestyles and budgets from high-end luxury to young & modern. But there are plenty of single-family homes in Ottawa’s central core, from townhomes and semi-detached to singles. From new builds in Centretown to heritage homes in Sandy Hill, you’ll find your Ottawa dream home here. If you value location and place a high priority on being close to work and play options, this is the part of Ottawa on which you’ll want to focus your home search. Bytown Homes has a wealth of experience in representing buyers looking to live in downtown Ottawa, Centretown, the ByWard Market and Sandy Hill.

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 Living in The ByWard Market - Lower Town, Ottawa, Ontario.

The ByWard Market

Living in the ByWard Market. Ottawa, Ontario.


The ByWard Market – an undeniable ENERGY

The ByWard Market in Ottawa’s Lower Town neighbourhood is the undisputed hotspot for all things new, fun and trendy. Everyone from fashionistas to foodies will fit right in to this vibrant community. The ByWard Market is home to the best restaurants, bars, nightclubs, art galleries, music venues and special events in Ottawa, and it could be home to you, too. The BEST Ottawa has to offer

If you love live music, you’ll never want to leave. The ByWard Market is home to world class musical venues that are sure to be the backdrop for many unforgettable nights. No matter what your musical tastes, you’ll be steps away from all the concerts, shows and intimate musical events that will become the soundtrack to your life.

If you love great food, pull up a chair. Over 100 restaurants are ready to serve you and your friends the most delicious food and drinks in Ottawa. From elegant and upscale to just plain tasty, the ByWard Market offers a buffet of culinary options for every appetite. Speaking of appetite, many restaurants are open 24/7, so you’ll never go hungry in the ByWard Market.

If you love to shop locally, the ByWard Market is for you. Need ingredients for that new recipe? Pick them up fresh from the local farmer’s market. You can always find something unique and spectacular from one of the over 260 different artisans who sell one-of-a-kind creations that reflect the creativity, style and diversity of the people that call the ByWard Market home.

If you love avoiding traffic, say hello to one of the most walkable neighbourhoods in Ottawa, the ByWard Market. With a walk score of 91 out of 100, the ByWard Market embraces the carless lifestyle. Walk, bike, skate or bus your way to where you need to go. Relax on a nearby patio while you watch everyone else stress out behind the wheel as they suffer through traffic to get home. All you have to do is walk a block or two.

ByWard Market Spotlight - The RIDEAU Centre Ottawa’s trendiest shopping mall has undergone a massive $360 million redevelopment and is the best place in Ottawa to find high-end brands like Coach, Harry Rosen, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, and Tiffany and Co., not to mention 160 other retail stores including Nordstrom, Forever 21 and Simons. Plus, the Rideau Centre will be one of the stops in Ottawa’s brand new Light Rail Transit system that will connect Ottawa’s east, west and south neighbourhoods.

The ULTIMATE gathering place

Fill your social calendar with heart-pumping, thought-provoking and goosebump-inducing special events. Meat eater? Enjoy the Ottawa Rib Fest. Love cartoons? Go to the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Live for arts and culture? Attend Nuit Blanche. Aspiring circus performer? Check out the Ottawa International Buskerfest. There’s always something going on in the ByWard Market.


· Walkability score (out of 100): 91

· Restaurants: 109

· Nightlife and Entertainment Venues: 24

· Arts, Culture and Education Facilities: 14

· Fashion Shops: 48

· House and Home Shops: 12

· Boutiques & Emporiums: 29

· Health and Beauty Salons: 39

· The Rideau Centre (recent $360 million in upgrades)

· Boundaries: the Rideau River to the north, Cumberland Street to the east, the Ottawa River to the west and the Rideau Canal and Daly Avenue to the south.

Living in the ByWard Market in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada!


Living in Sandy Hill

Sandy Hill, Ottawa 


Ottawa’s Sandy Hill Neighbourhood: Traditional charm, youthful energy and a pedestrian’s dream

The Sandy Hill neighborhood in Ottawa is located just east of downtown. Perfect for professionals, families, and recent graduates, this established neighbourhood has a lot of character and is within walking distance to Ottawa’s downtown core.

Sandy Hill Fact: Sandy Hill his home to more than 30 embassies.


Sandy Hill has a large variety of real estate options waiting for you

Sandy Hill real estate has a unique and distinct character that reflects its historical roots. Named for its hilly geography and sandy soil (due to its proximity to the Ottawa River), the Sandy Hill real estate scene features a large selection of 19th century detached properties. condos and low rise multi-unit buildings. The east side of Sandy Hill tends to attract more affluent professionals searching for homes that have a breathtaking view of the Ottawa River, while the western edge tends to cater to university students or recent graduates who want to live close to the University of Ottawa campus. Central Sandy Hill has real estate options that fall somewhere in between. With so many different housing choices in one neighbourhood, make sure you book viewings throughout Sandy Hill to find the home that perfectly suits you.

The Sandy Hill real estate market is a strong one with properties appreciating considerably over the last 20 years. Since the average price for a condominium in Sandy Hill is about $350,000 and single family homes average about double that, purchasing a condo is an affordable way to live in this great community. Plus, since Sandy Hill has a relatively small geographical footprint and historical character that must be preserved, new construction in the neighbourhood tends to be less common compared to other Ottawa neighbourhoods, which means that the value of existing real estate in Sandy Hill stays strong!

Sandy Hill Neighbourhood Fact: Strathcona Park, occupying 15 acres of the eastern edge of the Sandy Hill neighbourhood, was formally used in the 1890’s as a rifle range and training ground for soldiers before they departed to fight in the Second Boer War.

Sandy Hill residents enjoy ultra-short commute times

Sandy Hill is perfectly situated for people who want to be close to the downtown core but live in an established neighbourhood with character. Since Sandy Hill and downtown Ottawa are next door neighbours, going back and forth by car, bus or bike is easy. Nearly 70% of Sandy Hill residents use public transportation, walk or bike to work.

Sandy Hill Neighbourhood Fact: The Sandy Hill neighbourhood has a nearly equal number of people who speak English and French.

Sandy Hill is a great place to learn something new

Are you a lifelong learner? Residents of Sandy Hill are just steps away from one of Canada’s top ranked universities. The University of Ottawa was established in 1848 and has grown to offer more than 450 programs in 10 faculties—but you don’t have to be a registered student to enjoy everything the university has to offer.

Every year, the University of Ottawa packs its calendar with many special events that are open to the public, including lectures, workshops, panels, conferences, concerts and exhibitions. Looking to add a little something special to the usual night out? Why not kick off your evening by attending a public lecture? It will certainly lead to interesting dinner conversation! If you’re looking for something more in-depth, consider taking a professional development course to advance your career or simply sign up for a class in something you’ve always wanted to learn.

Sandy Hill Neighbourhood Fact: The Laurier House, built in 1878 and located at 335 Laurier Ave East, was formerly the residence of two Canadian Prime Ministers.

A variety of cuisines and drink options are just around the corner

Sandy Hill restaurants reflect the diversity of the people living in the neighbourhood. Whether you’re searching for Ottawa’s best tacos, shawarma or kebobs, there is no shortage of different cuisines to sample.

Although Sandy Hill has everything from upscale fine dining to coffee shops and cafés, Sandy Hill’s food scene is perhaps best known for its pubs. These aren’t just any old pubs; they’re super-delicious taste experiences that carefully pair the best local ingredients with craft beers to create gastronomical masterpieces! Get ready for great nights out with friends—not to mention great deals on meals—that only Sandy Hill can offer.

In the mood for something a little more upscale? Hop on public transit to downtown Ottawa, just a few minutes away.

Be part of the excitement and make Sandy Hill your new home.

· Real estate: Many different price points, from luxury living to student housing

· Walkability score (out of 100): 95

· Transit score (out of 100): 95

· Restaurants and bars: 40+

· Population: 12,490

· Number of specialty food stores: 7

· More than double the average number of community gardens

· Boundaries: Rideau-Besserer-Daly Avenue to the north, the Rideau River to the east, Highway 417 and Nicholas Street to the south, and the Rideau Canal to the west

Living in Sandy Hill, Ottawa, Ontario Canada!


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