If you’re thinking of moving to Centretown in Ottawa and still haven’t quite made the leap yet, then let us tell you why you should be living in Centretown. Centretown is sited in the heart of Canada’s capital, Ottawa. By the east, Centretown is bounded by the Rideau Canal, from the West, it’s surrounded by Bronson Avenue, from north, by Lisgar Street and Gloucester Street, and from the south, it’s surrounded by the Queensway Freeway.

Not only is it at the heart of Ottawa connecting you to different areas, but the neighbourhoods included in Centretown include Downtown Ottawa as well as a mix of commercial and residential properties which even include a large government sector. The major commercial streets such as the Elgin Street and Bank Street is where you’ll find shops, essential services, restaurants and various office buildings.

Centretown Housing in Ottawa

In Centretown you’re offered a mix of housing opportunities each catering to the need of specific individuals. If you’re looking at Residential streets, not only do they offer older single family homes, but also high and low-rise building apartments and newer town homes. You’ll find that 86% of Centretown’s housing consists of condominiums and low and high-rise apartments, with 2.2% of semi-detached homes, 4.5% of single homes and 4.8% of row houses. It was in the 90’s that Centretown gave rise to various buildings and condominiums north of Cooper Street.

Centretown Jobs and Employment

With it's close proximity to downtown, employment options are vast in Centretown. There are many types of occupation opportunities, including Business, Sales, Management, Health, Government, Trades, etc.

Is Centretown A Safe Neighbourhood?

Centretown is perhaps one of the most conveniently located neighbourhoods situated right in the middle of tourist attractions, employment centers, entertainment and shopping malls - all just a walking distance away. In fact 43.7% of residents from Centretown walk to work. In addition, the well-planned bus routes assure a safe and easy commute all over Ottawa.

Crime rates tend to rise in Ottawa with proximity to downtown. Centretown falls within Ottawa’s Somerset Wards, which is one of the highest crime rate wards in Ottawa. Although the crime rate is higher than other areas, it is still a reasonably safe and pleasant area.

Centretown Schools

  • St. Patrick's Adult School
  • Elgin Street Public School
  • Glashan Public School

Centretown Activities

Apart from the housing options available at Centretown, it’s the perfect place for most of your recreational activities.

Centretown is surrounded by a wide range of specialty food stores and numerous grocery stores, about 28 of them, as well as 23 convenience stores located in various parts of Centretown. Not only will you enjoy grocery shopping at Centretown, but with over 148 fast food chains, and 100 sit-down restaurants you will also have the opportunity to enjoy and have a complete fine dining experience.

Apart from being a complete foodie, if you’re looking for some recreational activities in Centretown, you can visit 4 indoor recreation facilities, in addition to 2 sites for winter recreation and 21 sites for summer. Apart from these recreation facilities, with its amazing infrastructure and places being within walking distance, you can visit the Canadian Museum of Nature, Jack Purcell Park, Dundonald Park, the Central Bus Station and the Ottawa Curling Club all located in Centretown.

Other places that you can look forward to within Ottawa’s Central Walking District are; the Lindenlea, The Glebe, Sandy Hill and the Byward Market.

As you explore various areas of Centretown, you’ll find yourself escaping to a sanctuary of entertainment, fine dining and an overall living experience.

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