Ottawa’s Most Affordable Neighbourhoods

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We are lucky to live in Canada’s Capital Region for so many reasons. The beautiful landscapes, the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal, tranquil parks, this city is economically stable, and it has a fairly affordable housing market. Especially when you compare the city to the likes of Toronto or Vancouver! Of course, like any major city, Ottawa does have some expensive neighbourhoods that are a little less attainable. But for the most part, there are still lots of affordable neighbourhoods within the Greater Ottawa Area. If you are willing to travel outside of the city, the housing prices are actually quite reasonable. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, relocating to Ottawa, or just looking to downsize, we are here to show you Ottawa’s most affordable neighbourhoods!

Affordable Neighbourhoods Less than 20 Minutes from Downtown Ottawa

For arguments sake, we are going to say that an affordable home within 20 minutes to downtown Ottawa is a home that costs less than $400,000. There really aren’t a lot of detached homes in this price range located close to the city, so we have added condominiums into these neighbourhoods as well. 

One thing to be aware of when searching for a home in these neighbourhoods is that with the affordable prices, may come more crime. Due to the cheaper homes in these neighbourhoods, it is more likely to find homes with less curb appeal because they may need lots of updating.

*All average sale prices are based on sales under $400,000, MLS statistics from the 2019 year to date*

#1. Bells Corners

All Average Sale Prices are based on sales under $400K

Average Detached Sale Price: $335,286
Average Townhome Sale Price: $329,858
Average Condo Sale Price: $216,272

Bells Corners is still an affordable neighbourhood in Ottawa selling homes under $400,000. So far in 2019, Bells Corners has sold 7 detached homes, 25 townhomes, and 67 condominiums under the $400K mark. 68 of these homes (freehold + condo) have actually sold for under $300,000 making Bells Corners one of Ottawa’s most affordable neighbourhoods.

Bells Corners has a population of approx 9,300 and offers easy access to highway 417 and lots of great amenities including multiple grocery stores, schools, restaurants, LCBO, retail shops and lots of greenspace.

#2. Barrhaven

All Average Sale Prices are based on sales under $400K

Average Detached Sale Price: $379,065
Average Townhome Sale Price: $366,031
Average Condo Sale Price: $263,552

There are parts of this neighbourhood that are still selling for under $400,000. During the year of 2019, Barrhaven has sold 10 detached homes, 244 townhomes, and 63 condominiums under the $400K mark. 192 of these homes (freehold + condo) have actually sold for under $300,000 making Barrhaven one of Ottawa’s most affordable neighbourhoods.

Barrhaven has a growing population of approx 87,300 and offers easy access to highway 416, an abundance of grocery stores and restaurants and entertainment facilities. Barrhaven also offers some of Ottawa’s best schools including St Andrew Elementary School and John McCrae Secondary School. For a full list of Ottawa’s best schools, visit our blog post at:

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#3. Orléans

All Average Sale Prices are based on sales under $400K

Average Detached Sale Price: $371,034
Average Townhome Sale Price: $368,705
Average Condo Sale Price: $247,225

Orléans offers an affordable neighbourhood in Ottawa selling homes under $400,000. In 2019, the city of Orléans has sold 59 detached homes, 103 townhomes, and 196 condominiums under the $400K mark. 169 of these homes (freehold + condo) have actually sold for under $300,000 making Orléans one of Ottawa’s most affordable neighbourhoods.

Orléans is a francophone friendly neighbourhood along the Ottawa River. With a population of approx. 116,700, this isn’t a small city. Orléans as a whole offers easy access to highway 174 and lots of great amenities including an abundance of grocery stores, tons of schools, restaurants, large retail shops including Costco and Place d’Orléans. If you move to Orléans, you will have everything you need in one place!

#4. Greenboro / Hunt Club

All Average Sale Prices are based on sales under $400K

Average Detached Sale Price: $383,500
Average Townhome Sale Price: $372,229
Average Condo Sale Price: $239,480

Greenboro and Hunt Club are two adjacent neighbourhoods located just outside of downtown Ottawa. So far in 2019, Greenboro and Hunt Club has sold 7 detached homes, 55 townhomes, and 228 condominiums under the $400K mark. 138 of these homes (freehold + condo) have actually sold for under $300,000 making Greenboro and Hunt Club one of Ottawa’s most affordable neighbourhoods.

Greenboro and Hunt Club offers easy access to the airport and lots of restaurants and recreational parks. It has multiple schools and is close to the 417 East and the Airport Parkway.

#5. Glen Cairn

All Average Sale Prices are based on sales under $400K

Average Detached Sale Price: $377,318
Average Townhome Sale Price: $339,088
Average Condo Sale Price: $241,067

Glen Cairn offers an affordable neighbourhood in Ottawa selling homes under $400,000. During the year of 2019, Glen Cairn has sold 14 detached homes, 61 townhomes, and 9 condominiums under the $400K mark. 14 of these homes (freehold + condo) have actually sold for under $300,000 making Glen Cairn one of Ottawa’s most affordable neighbourhoods.

Glen Cairn is a neighbourhood within the city of Kanata. With a population of approx. 9,400. Glen Cairn offers easy access to Hazeldean Road which houses lots of great amenities including grocery stores, retail shops, schools and restaurants. It is close to the Canadian Tire Centre where the Ottawa Senators play and also close to where The Susan and Moe Team’s office is on Hazeldean!

Affordable Neighbourhoods Less than 1 Hour from Downtown Ottawa

If you are looking for an affordable detached home, you have came to the right place. If you are okay with living more than a half hour away from Ottawa’s downtown centre, you will be able to find very affordable housing. For arguments sake, we are going to say that an affordable home more than 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa is a home that costs less than $300,000. There aren’t lot of condominiums outside of the city, but we have left those in as well.

You should be able to find a fairly nice home in one of these neighbourhoods that may not even need any updating at all! Other homes in these areas may still require lots of updates, but there will be more options for homes in these areas at affordable price ranges.

*All average sale prices are based on sales under $300,000, MLS statistics from the 2019 year to date*

#1. Carleton Place

All Average Sale Prices are based on sales under $300K

Average Detached Sale Price: $223,720
Average Townhome Sale Price: $262,787
Average Condo Sale Price: $195,153

Carleton Place is a neighbourhood located 52kms west of downtown Ottawa and only 32kms from Kanata. In 2019, Carleton Place has sold 41 detached homes, 26 townhomes, and 17 condominiums under the $300K mark. 22 of these homes (freehold + condo) have actually sold for under $200,000! This makes Carleton Place one of the most affordable neighbourhoods in the Greater Ottawa Area.

The population of Carleton Place is approx. 10,700. Carleton Place offers easy access to highway 7 and all of the amenities of a bigger city. There are schools, restaurants, retail shops and a picturesque downtown centre along the Mississippi River. If you are looking for an affordable home that still feels like the city, Carleton Place is definitely the location for you!

#2. Arnprior

All Average Sale Prices are based on sales under $300K

Average Detached Sale Price: $226,192
Average Townhome Sale Price: $269,365
Average Condo Sale Price: $181,583

Arnprior is a neighbourhood located 65kms northwest of downtown Ottawa and 45kms from Kanata. This year Arnprior has sold 51 detached homes, 40 townhomes, and 6 condominiums under the $300K mark. 22 of these homes (freehold + condo) have actually sold for under $200,000! This makes Arnprior one of Ottawa’s most affordable neighbourhoods in the Greater Ottawa Area.

Arnprior is a growing city with a population of approx. 8,800. With the LRT eventually being extended in this direction, the properties in this area may end up skyrocketing in the future. Located where the Ottawa River and the Madawaska River meets, there is lots of beautiful landscape in this area. Arnprior offers easy access to highway 417. There are schools, restaurants, parks and retail shops all situated near the Ottawa River.

#3. Smiths Falls

All Average Sale Prices are based on sales under $300K

Average Detached Sale Price: $209,291
Average Townhome Sale Price: $258,828
Average Condo Sale Price: $123,867

Smiths Falls is located 78kms southwest of Ottawa. This year Smiths Falls has sold 143 detached homes,  19 townhomes, and 15 condominiums under the $300K mark. 76 of these homes (freehold + condo) have actually sold for under $200,000! This makes Smiths Falls one of the most affordable neighbourhoods in the Greater Ottawa Area.

Smiths Falls is a growing city with a population of approx. 9,000. Because of the new marijuana industry in the past couple of years, Smiths Falls has become a lot more booming, therefore making the properties in this town prime real estate. Smiths Falls offers easy access to highway 15 and beautiful views of the Rideau Canal. It has multiple schools and restaurants and lots of shops in the downtown centre.

#4. Rockland

All Average Sale Prices are based on sales under $300K

Average Detached Sale Price: $234,349
Average Townhome Sale Price: $267,007
Average Condo Sale Price: $212,641

Rockland is a Francophone friendly neighbourhood located 39kms northeast of Ottawa and only 24kms from Orléans. During 2019, Rockland has sold 117 detached homes, 35 townhomes, and 17 condominiums under the $300K mark. 38 of these homes (freehold + condo) have actually sold for under $200,000! This makes Rockland one of Ottawa’s most affordable neighbourhoods in the Greater Ottawa Area.

Rockland has a population of approx. 11,100. It is home to a large part of the francophone community in Eastern Ontario. Rockland offers easy access to highway 17 and is close to the ferry in the village of Clarence with access to Quebec. There are schools, restaurants, a golf course and tons of greenspace all situated near the Ottawa River.

#5. Kemptville

All Average Sale Prices are based on sales under $300K

Average Detached Sale Price: $209,291
Average Townhome Sale Price: $258,828
Average Condo Sale Price: $123,867

Kemptville is located 58kms south of Ottawa and only 36kms from Barrhaven. In 2019, Kemptville has sold 47 detached homes, 8 townhomes, and 8 condominiums under the $300K mark. 21 of these homes (freehold + condo) have actually sold for under $200,000! This makes Kemptville one of the most affordable neighbourhoods in the Greater Ottawa Area.

Kemptville is a growing town with a population of approx. 3,900. Kemptville offers easy access to highway 416 and is less than a half hour drive to highway 401. Kemptville has been slowly growing over the past few years and has seen larger box stores built and even a Starbucks! Kemptville offers a few different schools, restaurants and some retail shops. If you are looking for more of a country feel with amenities close by, Kemptville might be the place for you!

If one of these neighbourhoods really stand out to you and you are looking for more information or would like to see the homes for sale in these areas, please don’t hesitate to call us. We have experience buying and selling real estate in all of these neighbourhoods and would love to show you a home in any of these locations. 

Please give us a call at 613-457-5000 or send us an email at [email protected]

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