Central Ottawa

Central Ottawa includes the neighbourhoods within or immediately surrounding Ottawa’s downtown core: Centretown/Golden Triangle and The Byward Market neighbourhoods.

Centretown/Golden Triangle

Centretown is a neighbourhood bounded on the north by Gloucester Street and Lisgar Street, on the east by the Rideau Canal, on the south by the Queensway and on the west by Bronson Avenue. The Golden Triangle, with its well-maintained older homes, modern infills and treelined streets, is the popular residential part Centretown just east of Elgin Street, stretching to the Canal, and bordered by Ottawa City Hall on the North.

Homes in Centretown and Golden Triangle

If you’re looking for homes in Centretown, you’ll find a mix of both residential and commercial properties. The main streets, Bank Street and Elgin Street, are largely commercial, while the side streets like MacLaren and Gladstone offer more residential properties. Many of the original homes are carefully maintained for either residential or business use, but there are many newer infill, townhouse and condominium developments as a result of a recent building boom in the area. You may notice that the street signs posted along Bank Street between Nepean and James Street include a rainbow logo and the words “The Village.” These signs are to indicate that this is Ottawa’s gay neighourhood, and is home to more than 20 businesses and services that directly serve the LGBT community.

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Local Picks

  • Take a journey more than 65 million years back in time and spend a day with the dinosaurs at the Canadian Museum of Nature, between Argyle and McLeod Streets. The museum is a great place for the whole family to learn about the natural world around us, from dinosaurs, to present-day mammals, to insect life. Many area families purchase memberships so they can return often with the kids to explore the exhibits.
  • Sconewitch at 150 Elgin Street offers savoury scones like their herb and onion scone, or sweeter offerings like their seasonal gingerbread scone. Go in for tea and a scone, and don’t forget a side order of clotted cream. Or enjoy a Goat Cheese Tomato Pesto Sconewitch (sandwich) for lunch, along with some of their famous house made soup.
  • Improve your strength and flexibility at Rama Lotus Yoga Centre on Gladstone. One of Ottawa’s premier yoga studios, it’s known for introducing Bikram or hot yoga to Ottawa yoga enthusiasts.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at Thimblecakes. This allergy-conscious bakery never skimps on taste. Thimblecakes is a nut-and egg-free facility and offers many diary- and gluten-free options. Tip: Try the bananas foster cupcake. It’s one of our favourites.
  • Wilf and Ada’s Scratch Diner is not your average diner. Although it’s open for breakfast and lunch service only, they do these two meals like no one else. As the name implies, everything they serve is made from scratch – even the bread and english muffins. The homemade  sauces and gravies make everything taste oh so good. And the homemade soups are some of the best around. From the their simple but delicious heirloom tomato sandwich to specials like pulled pork on a bun with house made slaw, we find it hard to choose a favourite.
  • Ragtime is Centretown’s long-standing vintage boutique that never fails to captivate creative shoppers. It’s packed with one-of-a-kind items from funky vintage clothing, to costume jewelry, to hats and sunglasses, not to mention cool finds for your next costume party.
  • Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster and Fish Supply. This Kent Street shop is run by the renowned restaurant of the same name. Both establishments are known for the quality of sustainable fish and seafood. The shop specializes in great takeout lunches, fresh fish and in-house cured and smoked products. Tip: Order the Fried Oyster Po Boy for lunch and take home some fresh pickerel for dinner. You’ll be in seafood heaven.

If you’re looking at homes in Centretown, call us to find out how we can help you find you the perfect urban property.

ByWard Market

Established by the by Lieutenant Colonel John By in 1826, who supervised the construction of the Rideau Canal, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. Colonel By laid out the street plan of the Market himself, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place.

The ByWard Market, often called The Market, is an area roughly four blocks square where you’ll find cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, and of course the famous farmer’s market that gives the area its name. The area is pedestrian friendly, so visitors often park in one of the area’s public parking facilities and walk throughout the area, enjoying the attractions, shops and restaurants.

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Recreation

  • Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Avenue. Located in the heart of the Byward Market, this fully accessible, air conditioned facility offers a fitness studio, a sprung floor dance studio, a full size Gymnasium and  meeting/activity rooms.
  • Champagne Fitness Centre, 321 King Edward Avenue. The Champagne Fitness Centre is a historic downtown recreation facility that houses a 22.86-metre (25 yards) pool, weight and cardio rooms, sauna, and a mezzanine above the pool where boxing programs are held.

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Why We Love This Neighbourhood

In the daytime, the area’s centre of activity is its bustling city market. And by night, its bar and restaurant scene comes alive. Because The Market is a hub for tourists — with its many hotels, restaurants, shops, proximity to museums and attractions, and plenty of nightlife  — it has a lot to offer local residents as well. While real estate in the area is largely comprised of condos and rental apartments, there are streets where historic single family homes dominate. This lively neighbourhood is primarily suited for young singles or couples looking for a condo in the centre of the action. However we know of many older adults who have downsized from single family homes and have taken up residence in one of the Market’s upscale condos, which enables them to take advantage of The Market’s unparalleled walking lifestyle.

Local Picks

  • Murray Street: Locavores will be delighted by the range of offerings at this comfy yet upscale eatery. From home smoked charcuterie to the best fried chicken we’ve ever had, to desserts that remind you of home, yet you know were created by a skilled pastry chef – you can’t go wrong. The casual atmosphere is in keeping with the style of the food: gourmet comfort food. In our opinion this is the best way to describe their unique take on familiar dishes. The Poutine made with German Spaetzle and duck is just one example of this.
  • Workshop Boutique: This is great little fashion boutique that represents, almost exclusively, Canadian designers and artists. It was started when owners Bridget (Wine on Sundays) and Christina (Loot by Stina B.) joined forces to solve the challenge of finding suitable venues to sell their own handcrafted products. This is a great place to find one of a kind clothing, bags and accessories.
  • Sidedoor Cafe: This is a great place to meet friends for drinks and sample some very unique dishes. We love the selection of tacos that includes lobster, pulled pork, and spicy beef. If you’re after a seafood dish try their coconut poached scallops or tuna sashimi with yuzu marmalade and gingered jalapeño. And for dessert: house made donuts!
  • Find the perfect handmade rug for your funky new Byward Market Condo at Canadian Rug Traders. Owners Angus and Maria McCulloch opened Canadian Rug Traders on Clarence Street in January 1997. Angus has many years of experience buying and sourcing textiles for Harrods of London and as a buyer of oriental rugs for a major British department store group. Angus combines his retail experience with his love of oriental carpets by sourcing and selecting every carpet for Canadian Rug Traders while on his frequent buying trips to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.
  • Ottawa’s newest hotspot is the Moscow Tea Room. It’s located in the heart of the ByWard Market in a magnificent courtyard on Sussex Drive. But what would you call it? Is it a tea room? A tapas restaurant? Is it perhaps an upscale bar? We think you could call it any one of these things, as it features award winning teas, small plates, pastries, charcuterie & cheeses, vodka, craft cocktails, champagne and caviar —all within a sumptuously  decorated space filled with vibrant art.
  • Get your morning croissant and daily baguette at Moulin de Provence. Go in on a busy Saturday morning for a brioche and coffee, and take in the energy of this busy bakery and cafe. Moulin de Provence is also the home of the Obama cookie, the famous maple leaf shaped cookie enjoyed by President Barack Obama on his visit to Ottawa in 2009.

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