East Ottawa

Buying Real Estate in Rockcliffe Park, New Edinburgh and Sandy Hill

Are you looking for luxury real estate in Rockcliffe? The sense of community offered in New Edinburg? Or the easy walk to downtown and historic charm of Sandy Hill? These neighbourhoods each have their own distinctive character, but share a common appeal with their parks, proximity to downtown and the University of Ottawa, along with some great restaurants and shopping.

Rockcliffe Park and New Edinburgh

Although these two neighbourhoods have their own individual character, we’ve bundled them together in one section because they are situated very close together, and share many amenities like shopping, parks, and restaurants.

New Edinburg, with Beechwood Avenue as it’s busy main street, is a bustling community bordered by the Vanier Parkway and Rockcliffe Park.

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Rockcliffe Park was an independent village from 1926 through 2000, but was amalgamated with the rest of the city on January 1, 2001. It lies northeast of downtown, on the southern banks of the Ottawa River. It offers lots of lovely parks and natural features, including the small McKay Lake, Sand Pits Lake, and the Rockeries rock garden and playing field, which are maintained by the National Capital Commission (NCC).

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Recreation

The New Edinburgh Community and Arts Centre (NECTAR Centre) at 255 MacKay Street has been at the centre of community activities in this area for more than 10 years. They offer a full range of classes and activities for everyone from toddlers to seniors.

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Why We Love This Neighbourhood

This area boasts a combination of  unique shopping, great restaurants, and all the conveniences you could ask for in an urban neighbourhood. Rockcliffe Park is renowned for having some of Ottawa’s most elegant homes, including Rideau Hall, home of the Governor General of Canada, and 24 Sussex, home of Canada’s Prime Minister. You’ll also find many embassies and the stately homes of some of Canada’s political and business leaders.

Local Picks

  • Take a drive on the Rockcliffe Parkway, and take in the scenic views of  the Ottawa River from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and from the Rockcliffe Village diplomatic area.
  • Enjoy the spectacular vistas from the many lookout points in Rockcliffe Park and the Rockcliffe Rockeries. Visit the Rockeries in Spring to view the thousands of daffodils and many flowering trees. The land where the park now sits once belonged to Thomas McKay, master stonemason of the Rideau Canal and the builder of Rideau Hall.
  • Cool off on a hot summer day at Sand Pits Lake, or ‘The Pond,’ as it’s known, was originally a sand and gravel pit. This popular swimming hole is located adjacent to McKay Lake in Rockcliffe Park, off Pond Street. Swimming is open to the public from June to September between 7 am and 2 pm.
  • Independent bookstores are a rare find these days. So checking out Books on Beechwood is a must. This locally owned bookstore tries to reflect the interests of the surrounding neighbourhoods by stocking a good selection of literary fiction, biography, and history titles. They also offer a great selection of mysteries, of children’s books, and cookbooks.
  • Sconewitch at 35 Beechwood Avenue offers savoury scones like their herb and onion scone, or something on the sweeter side 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.
  • Since its opening in 2008 Fraser Café has established itself as one of New Edinburgh’s favourite eateries. They keep customers coming back by consistently delivering fantastic food at a reasonable price, in a casual and lively setting. It’s a fun place to go. We recommend you try the beet salad, followed by the poached lobster. Or, go in for brunch and try the huevos rancheros.

Sandy Hill

Whether you’re a student or a lover of stately homes with historic charm, Sandy Hill has something for you. This neighbourhood is home to the University of Ottawa and some of the city’s loveliest residential streets characterized by mature trees and historic homes. This neighbourhood lies east of downtown, and is bordered to the west by the Rideau Canal and on the east by the Rideau River. On its north side is Rideau Street and the ByWard Market, while to the south it’s bordered by both the Queensway and Nicolas Street. Sandy Hill was first established in the early nineteenth century, and named for its many hills and the sandy soil that results from its proximity to the river.

Recreation

The Sandy Hill Community Centre at 250 Somerset East offers a wide range of recreational programs in both official languages. The adjoining award winning park there are multiple play structures, a wading pool and seasonal outdoor rink. To find out more about their programs, call 613-564-1062.

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Why We Love This Neighbourhood

In addition to being made lively by its mix of owner occupied and student housing, it’s just a short walk to the Byward Market where you’ll find some of the best restaurants and shopping in the city. With all that, you may not think of  Sandy Hill as a family-oriented neighbourhood. But with its numerous parks, large community centre, and range of schools, the area is an ideal setting for urban family living.

Local Picks

  • Fleur de Tea: According to the Fleur de Tea owners, this unique establishment is a “Tea House haven in the midst of an increasingly time-pressured world…We added our passion for music, art and chocolate cake to inspire the creation of the Fleur Tea House. So come in, join us, feed and invigorate your senses the Fleur Tea way!” We tried it. We loved it. And we think you will too!
  • Benjamin Books, 122 Osgoode, is a cozy little bookstore in the heart of Sandy Hill. Catering to students and anyone else looking for unique or hard to find books, you’ll find a great selection of titles on topics from history to literary fiction, to art and film.
  • Govindas Vegetarian Buffet offers a healthy and tasty selection of vegetarian and vegan meals. They pride themselves in preparing everything from scratch using only the freshest seasonal vegetables and quality ingredients. Try the Thai Tofu or Tofu enchiladas, just two of their many delicious offerings.
  • The Horn of Africa. Interested in trying Ethiopian food? This is the place to get it in Ottawa. Keep in mind, this is one place you’re supposed to eat with your hands, and it’s definitely for lovers of spicy food. Many dishes are served with a special regional bread called injera, a yeast risen flatbread.