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Glebe Area

 

Glebe, Old Ottawa South and East, and Dow’s Lake

The Glebe

The Glebe is one of Ottawa’s most desirable neighbourhoods to live in. It is urban living at its best, and is arguably one the top if not the top neighbourhoods in Ottawa.

Where is it?

It is located just south of Ottawa's downtown area with its northern border being demarcated by Highway 417, the Queensway. It is bounded by the Rideau Canal to the south and east. Many maps show the western edge as Bronson Avenue, but some also include the triangle farther west formed by Bronson, Carling Avenue, and Dow's Lake. 

 

What’s there to see?

The stretch of Bank Street that runs through the Glebe is one of Ottawa's premier shopping areas, with many small stores and restaurants offering a wide variety of services. Much of the rest of the Glebe consists of detached homes, many of them constructed in the early decades of the 20th century. Some of these homes are owner-occupied family residences, while others have been subdivided into multiple rental apartments.

From the canal two bodies of water jut into the Glebe: Patterson Creek and Brown's Inlet. These areas are surrounded by parks and some of the city's most expensive homes.

The Glebe is home to a recently revitalized Lansdowne Park which contains TD Place Stadium, and is home to the Ottawa Red Blacks.  Lansdowne Park also contains TD Place Arena, which is the permanent home of the Ottawa 67's.

What makes the Glebe a special place to live?

So, what is it that actually makes the Glebe so special?  The appeal of the Glebe comes partly from its central location, and its proximity to the Rideau Canal and Lansdowne park.  And yet, it is so much more then that.  The Glebe has an old-world charm that can’t be duplicated by any other neighborhood, other then its sister’s communities like Old Ottawa East and Ottawa South.  The vintage of the housing is early 1900’s and the pervasive use of the classic red brick makes the typical 3 storey Glebe home hard to resist. The Ottawa Heritage Society has a lot to do with the retention of this old-world charm.  That isn’t to say that there’s not new housing stock and even condo’s moving in, but you better be prepared to pay $750k for a lot, just to get you started. 

Local Schools

The Glebe is also home to some of the top Elementary and secondary schools in Ottawa.

Elementary schools:

First Avenue Public School

Corpus Christi School

Mutchmor Public School

Secondary schools:

Glebe Collegiate Institute

The Element High School

 

What are some of the favourites of the Glebe?

The Rideau Canal is certainly central to the Glebe, whether your skating, jogging or biking the along the canal, it is truly an inspiring location.

The Canal Ritz certainly commands the best Canal view of any restaurants in Ottawa and is a great place to relax for a summer lunch with friends.

The Annual Glebe Garage Sale is a huge event that perennially bring all the bargain hunters looking for someone else’s unloved treasure.

Rosa’s Cantina is always a great place to pick up some fine Mexican food and sit on the patio and sip on a Corona or two.

Another Glebe Classic is the Bank Street Home Hardware which has survived when many others like it have faltered.  A stroll through this store, gives you a great feeling of the essence of the Glebe, relaxed, friendly, unhurried lifestyle of yesteryear.

The Glebe Apothery is also a perennial favourite, guarding the locals from anything that might ail them.

The Annual Winterlude festival that is a must see for any family from out of town. Enjoying the longest Skating rink in the World is something truly unique.

The Annual Tulip festival as one of the major attractions in the Glebe.  My favourite location has to be the large tulip gardens overlooking Dow’s Lake, as they have to be some of the most spectacular.

Market Values

Single Family Homes 2018

Status: Sold (22)

              Beds Baths List Price Sold Price       DOM CDOM

Min          2       1       $479,900 $460,000        4

Max         4       4       $1,575,000 $1,535,000  85     267

Avg          3       2       $857,645 $885,655       19      43

Median    3       2       $782,400 $784,200        9       20

Semi-Detached Homes 2018

Status: Sold (9)

            Beds Baths List Price Sold Price      DOM   CDOM

Min        3       1      $499,900 $525,000

Max       4       4      $1,150,000 $1,100,000   65      65

Avg        3       2      $717,400 $718,376         15     15

Median   3      2      $695,000 $670,000          8       8

2 bedroom Condos 2018

Status: Sold (13)

                 Beds Baths List Price Sold Price     DOM  CDOM

Min              2      1       $268,500 $260,000       3      3

Max             2      3      $2,000,000 $2,000,000 101   500

Avg              2      2      $658,385 $649,885       38     82

Median        2      2      $599,900 $595,000        39    49

Old Ottawa South

Old Ottawa South is another fabulous urban neighbourhood which has a lot of similarities to the Glebe and yet has a unique vibe all to its own. 

Where is it?

It’s a relatively small and compact neighbourhood, located between the Rideau Canal (to the north) and the Rideau River (to the south). The eastern boundary is Avenue Road. Bronson Avenue forms the western border of the residential neighbourhood. Carleton University is on the other (western) side of Bronson but the campus can be considered to be geographically within Old Ottawa South as the campus is also nestled between the river and the canal.

What makes Old Ottawa South a special place to live? 

Old Ottawa South features all of the charm of a community like the Glebe, but doesn’t suffer as much of the traffic issues that can plague the Glebe during big Lansdowne events. Not only does it share the beauty of the Rideau Canal, but has the Rideau river on the South side as well. Some of the unique features are Brewers Park to the West and the Ottawa Tennis Club on the South side.  Proximity to Carleton University has meant that the neighbourhood has been a haven for professors and students, although rising housing prices are driving out the latter. 

Ottawa Lawn and Tennis Club

Many neighbourhood businesses line Bank Street, including several pubs, the Mayfair Theatre, and some Lebanese stores towards the Southern end. This section of Bank Street is also well known for its antique stores. As part of a 2004 Bank Street redesign, inlaid metal maple leaves were added to the sidewalks inscribed with the names of Canadian folk musicians. Other new features included the removal of over-head powerlines, "traffic calming" measures, and the addition of more brick to the sidewalks.

Some typical Architecture in Old Ottawa South consist of old Victorian red brick three storey’s with similar vintages as those found in the Glebe. Entry level housing prices of $750k are quickly disappearing, with most singles above the $800k market price.

Local Schools

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Hopewell Avenue Public School, 17 Hopewell Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2Y7

Corpus Christi Elementary School, 157 Fourth Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2L5

Immaculata Intermediate School, 140 Main St, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5P4

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Immaculata High School, 140 Main St, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5P4

Glebe Collegiate Institute, 212 Glebe Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2C9

What are some of the favourites of Old Ottawa South?

A mainstay of the Old Ottawa South community is Brewer Park, one of the summer highlights has to be the kids playground and splash pad.

Brewer Park is also home to a world class skating Oval in the Winter.

Dog lovers will love the special attention at the Brewer Pond dog park.

The Ottawa Lawn and Tennis club is another fabulous part of the community, with 8 hardcourts and an outdoor pool.

The tulip beds on the South side of the canal between Bank St. and the Bronson Bridge.

Skating under the historic Bank St Bridge on a Sunny day in Winter.

Sharing a speciality beer with a friend at Quinn’ Pub on Bank St.

Catching an afternoon Matinee of some foreign film at the Mayfair.

Market Values

Single Family Homes 2018

Status: Sold (32)

            Beds Baths List Price Sold Price     DOM CDOM

Min       3      1        $499,900 $507,000        4      4

Max      7      5        $1,850,000 $1,825,500 101 168

Avg       4      2        $793,891 $815,883       19   25

Median 3       2       $759,950 $755,889        9    11

Semi-Detached Homes 2018

Status: Sold (13)

                 Beds Baths List Price Sold Price DOM CDOM

Min              2     1        $449,900 $448,000     5     5

Max             4     3        $834,900 $827,500     35   35

Avg              3     2       $596,785 $626,231      12   12

Median         3    2        $585,000 $661,000      8     8

Old Ottawa East

Old Ottawa East has always been a highly desirable place to live, but it always seemed a little isolated from the Glebe.  Sandwiched between Main street to the east and the canal on the west, it was somewhat dominated by the large presence of Immaculata high school and St Paul University. Although the recent addition of the Pedestrian link to the Glebe is a most definitely a game changer for connectivity and Market valuations.

Where is it?

Old Ottawa East is another upscale neighbourhood in central Ottawa. It is located south of Nicholas Street and between the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River. The southern border is Avenue Road. To the south is the neighbourhood of Old Ottawa South to the northeast is Sandy Hill. Old Ottawa East includes the Lees Avenue area. The new Flora Footbridge, expected to open to pedestrians in 2019, will connect the community to The Glebe. The southern part of the neighbourhood is sometimes referred to as Rideau Gardens.

What makes Old Ottawa East a special place to live?

Like it’s sister communities the Glebe and Old Ottawa South, its proximity to the canal and downtown make it a highly desirable location to live. 

Some of the most expensive homes and condos in Ottawa are on Echo Drive overlooking the canal.  With a view like that who can argue with those high valuations.

Although it is close to downtown the majority of Old Ottawa East doesn’t suffer from significant traffic issues.

The Historic Pretoria Bridge, which is still one of the few functioning draw bridges in Canada.

The New Flora Pedestrian Bridge will link Old Ottawa East to the Glebe and make walking to Lansdowne Park a reality.

Old Ottawa East is getting a decidedly new vibe, and it’s drawing an influx of new residents.

The neighbourhood, established in 1888 a 15-minute walk from the Byward Market, has been revitalized with a refreshed Main Street over the past three years by the arrival of two major residential projects from Domicile Developments and eQ Homes. 

Once the [new] communities are complete, it’s going to be a complete transformation. For someone that bikes, walks, is active … you have access now to everything.

Old Ottawa East is still coming onto the radar in Ottawa and will grow in popularity. 

Local Schools

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Hopewell Avenue Public School, 17 Hopewell Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2Y7

Corpus Christi Elementary School, 157 Fourth Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2L5

Immaculata Intermediate School, 140 Main St, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5P4

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Immaculata High School, 140 Main St, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5P4

Glebe Collegiate Institute, 212 Glebe Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2C9

What are some of the favourites of Old Ottawa East?

The East side of the Canal has one of the best views in Ottawa and is local favourite for joggers and bikers that are looking for a great workout.

Sharing a Stella Artois on a warm Summer’s evening with friends at the Royal Oak overlooking the Pretoria Bridge.

Dining at the Green Door Restaurant on Main St., one of Ottawa’s top Vegan restaurants.

A quiet evening stroll along the Rideau river near Rideau Gardens Park.

Taking the kids on the Canal to enjoy a skate and traditional after skate Beaver Tail.

Market Values:

Single Family Homes 2018

Status: Sold (18)

              Beds Baths List Price Sold Price     DOM CDOM

Min          2       2      $550,000    $515,000

Max         5       4      $1,150,000 $1,141,000     67    149

Avg          3       3      $799,844    $794,879        21    28

Median    3       3      $794,900     $779,500       12    12

Semi-detached Homes 2018

Status: Sold (7)

              Beds Baths List Price Sold Price    DOM CDOM

Min          2      1        $409,000 $385,000     6       6

Max         4      4        $929,900 $928,000    48      56

Avg          3      2        $594,400 $581,429    22      29

Median    3      2        $525,000 $514,000     20     26

Dow’s Lake Area

Where is it?

Dow’s Lake is a small area in downtown Ottawa that is typical associated with the Glebe, but has a unique character of it’s own.  The Area has definitely benefitted from recent traffic control measures that has greatly reduced any through traffic.  Now the small community has all the benefits of living downtown without the constant traffic that can plague some of its sister communities like the Glebe. The area is bordered by Bronson Ave to the East and Dows lake on the South and West.

What makes Dow's Lake a special place to live?

Dow’s Lake has a very unique pocket of exclusive homes in the City.  Like the Glebe, its proximity to downtown and the canal is great, but bordering Dow’s Lake green space is what makes it unique.  The gardens and greenspace around Dow’s Lake make up some the cities best Tulip Gardens and are a perfect place to walk your dog. Most of the neighbourhood features homes that were built in the same era as the Glebe, but with some areas that feature larger lot sizes. Recently significant infill homes have replaced some of the smaller homes backing onto Dow’s Lake that benefit from the stunning view of the Lake. The park area behind these residences benefits from being a focal point for the National Capital Commission’s annual tulip festival. The location has also benefitted from the recent development of Preston Street as a major attraction for restaurants. It is also very close to Carleton University to the South.

Local Schools

Elementary Schools

First Avenue Public School, 73 First Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2G1

Corpus Christi Elementary School, 157 Fourth Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2L5

Mutchmor Public School, 185 Fifth Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2N1

Lady Evelyn Alternative School, 63 Evelyn Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 0C6

Immaculata Intermediate School, 140 Main St, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5P4

Glashan Public School, 28 Arlington Ave, Ottawa, ON, K2P 1C2

Elgin Street Public School, 310 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, K2P 1M4

Hopewell Avenue Public School, 17 Hopewell Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2Y7

Cambridge Street Community Public School, 250 Cambridge St N, Ottawa, ON, K1R 7B2

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Immaculata High School, 140 Main St, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5P4

Glebe Collegiate Institute, 212 Glebe Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2C9

Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Site, 160 Percy St, Ottawa, ON, K1R 6E5

Lisgar Collegiate Institute, 29 Lisgar St, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0B9

Some of the Favourites of Dow’s Lake?

Annual Tulip festival and all that comes with it is literally right in your backyard.

Taking part in the Annual Winterlude festivities is a must, whether its skating on the canal or munching on a Beaver Tail.

An intimate evening at Giovanni’s for some of Ottawa’s best Italian food.

Taking in a Hockey game at “The Prescott” is a must, try the square pizza it’s a classic.

One of the new highlights is Roberto’s wood oven pizzeria on Preston.

Market Values 

Single Family Homes 2018

Status: Sold (2)

              Beds Baths List Price Sold Price       DOM CDOM

Min        4        3       $1,219,000 $1,095,000    50    50

Max       5        5       $1,895,000 $1,800,000    69    69

Avg        5        4       $1,557,000 $1,447,500    60    60

Median  4        4       $1,557,000 $1,447,500    59    59

Semi-Detached Homes 2018

Status: Sold (3)

                Beds Baths List Price Sold Price DOM CDOM

Min             3      1       $550,000 $549,000    7     7

Max            4      2       $660,000 $652,000   74    74

Avg             3      2       $589,967 $583,667   33   33

Median        3     2       $559,900 $550,000   18   18

2 Bedroom Condos 2018

Status: Sold (9)

              Beds Baths List Price Sold Price DOM CDOM

Min         1       1       $329,900 $320,000    12    12

Max         2      2       $466,000 $450,000    98    214

Avg          2      2       $386,300 $378,611    58    80

Median    2      2       $375,000 $370,000    51    81

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