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Why You Should Move to Richmond

The town of Richmond sits just south of Kanata and west of Barrhaven. You can be downtown Ottawa within 30 minutes, into Kanata in 20 and Barrhaven in 15. The town is only 10 minutes off of Highway 416, making commuting and travelling a breeze! With an assortment of everyday needs such as groceries, restaurants, schools, parks, hair salons, shops, pharmacies, and a medical clinic. If you need a large box store, you are only a short car ride away from one. With a population of approximately 5000, Richmond is filled with friendly people, giving it that small-town feeling while only being 30 minutes away from downtown Ottawa. 

The homes in the community of Richmond are mostly detached bungalows or 2-storeys built anywhere from the 60s-present. There are a few housing development projects currently underway in the town with new detached and row homes being built yearly. 

2020 Average Sale Prices in Richmond​

*Based on 2020 MLS yearly average sale price statistics in Richmond





Convenient Location

As mentioned above, Richmond is in a very convenient location! Only 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa, 20 minutes south of Kanata and 15 minutes west of Barrhaven! You are close to everything you could ever need! And if you are looking to travel, highways 416 and 7 are both closeby. The airport is only a 30-minute drive away as well. If you are looking for a small town away from the hustle and bustle, but still work downtown, this is the perfect place for you! 

Convenient Location
Convenient Location - Photo by: Google

Small Town Feel

The people are friendly and you can walk to everything! This is what makes Richmond the perfect small town in close proximity to the city. It is one of those towns where everybody knows everybody and most people are your friends! The community is tight-knit and people will often wave and say hello when you are out for a walk. The really great thing about having nice neighbours is that you always have someone looking out for you. If you need a cup of sugar or milk, you can easily knock on your neighbour’s door to get it! Is small town life new for you? Perhaps you might want to check out our great blog post on how to be a good neighbour

Small Town Feel - Photo by: Freepik

Has Everything You Need

Richmond has everything from groceries to hair salons to golf courses! Including 3 banks, 2 butcher shops, a community centre, 2 dentists, a medical complex, hardware store, optometrist, 2 veterinarian offices, a tattoo shop, 6 churches and so much more! A few notable businesses include Spotlight Hair & Spa, Great Canadian Fireplace Co., Richmond Nursery Garden Centre & Farm, Ottawa Valley Kitchens, Premier Massage Therapy and Richmond Motorsports. There is also an LCBO, Tim Hortons, Canada Post, public library and 2 gas stations. If that isn’t enough, you can be in Kanata or Barrhaven in under 20 minutes to find everything you need and more! 

Richmond Amenities
Richmond Amenities - Photo by: Google

The Richmond Fair

The Fair has been an exciting part of the town since 1844. It is the largest spectator event held every year within the surrounding communities. The fair is meant to help promote agricultural awareness. You can expect rides, games, rock climbing, a demolition derby, live entertainment, agricultural shows, as well as an assortment of crafts, art, livestock, produce and so much more! The fair has been a staple in the community for over 175 years. Sadly, due to COVID-19, the fair was cancelled in 2020 and will not be held until it is safe to gather. In 2020, they did however put on a great “drive-in” show with awesome live entertainment, so stay tuned for 2021! 

Richmond Fair
Richmond Fair - Photo by: Worth Images

Greenspace & Parks

There is also lots of beautiful green space to enjoy in the form of parks, forests, fairgrounds and golf courses. Some notable areas to enjoy include the Richmond Conservation Area along the Jock River, Chanonhouse Park, Martin Street Park, Richmond Memorial Park and Cenotaph, Richmond Lions Community Park, Kings Grant Park, Arbuclle Park, Bob Slack Park and the Richmond Centennial Golf Course. There is also the Riverbend Golf & Country Club and Conley Road Golf Driving Range in the area! 

Richmond Conservation Area
Richmond Conservation Area - Photo by: City of Ottawa


Richmond has 3 schools including 2 elementary schools and 1 high school. St. Philip Catholic Elementary School, Richmond Public School and South Carleton High School. South Carleton is actually rated at 7.8 on the Fraser Institute website, making it one of the Ottawa area’s top high schools. The three schools are centrally located, which means students who live in the town of Richmond, can actually walk to school if they wish! If you are looking for a small town with great schools, look no further than this beautiful community!

South Carleton High School
South Carleton High School - Photo by: OCDSB


Whether you are looking for fast food, upscale dining, or a quick bite to eat at a pub, this small town has it all! A few notable restaurants Richmond offers are Subway, Tim Hortons, Milano Pizzeria, Danbys Roadhouse, Marlborough Pub & Eatery, Richmond Gourmet Restaurant and Royals Restaurant Dining Lounge. If you are looking for a great coffee shop, be sure to check out CC’s Corner. Want some cultural food? Check out East N West Diner or ChinHon Restaurant! If food trucks are your thing, you will definitely want to try Tony’s Chip Wagon!

Danby Roadhouse Restaurant
Danby Roadhouse Restaurant - Photo by: Danby Roadhouse

Growing Community

There are currently 4 new home development companies putting up everything from custom homes to 2 bedroom townhomes in the community. The new neighbourhoods include Richmond Meadows by Mattamy, Richmond Gate by Talos, Richmond Oaks by Cedarstone and Fox Run by Caivan. What does this mean for Richmond? It means that the population will continue to grow, boosting the economy. If you are looking for a great place to purchase a home, check out this neighbourhood! 

New Development
New Development - Photo by: Freepik

In conclusion, we think that Richmond is a great place to live. If you are looking for an upbeat nightlife, perhaps this neighbourhood won’t work for you. But, if you are a single person, a young family, an empty nester, or a retiree, Richmond is the perfect community! You will feel right at home with all of the friendly people and amenities the town has to offer.

If you are looking to purchase a home in Richmond, contact us.
We can help you find the perfect home within this amazing neighbourhood!