Westboro has been one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Ottawa for a while now. And for good reason! Westboro has everything you need and is conveniently located just a short distance from downtown Ottawa. If you wanted to hop on your bike to Parliament Hill, you can do so in about 30 minutes. Even walking isn’t out of the question! Speaking of walking, the walk-score in Westboro is truly off the charts. There is no need to own a vehicle if you live in this neighbourhood. Grocery stores, shops, restaurants and more are all just a short walk away. The homes in Westboro are almost just as trendy as the shops, featuring brand new condominium developments and modern, contemporary residential homes. If you have a love for the outdoors and are all about location and convenience, Westboro is the perfect place for you!
As you can see by the average sale prices below, living in Westboro can be a bit more expensive than other neighbourhoods.
If you are looking to live in this community, you will need to be mindful of the prices.
*Based on 2020 MLS yearly average sale price statistics in Westboro
By car, you can be downtown Ottawa within 10 minutes making this the perfect place to live if being near the city is important to you. As mentioned above, you can also ride your bike downtown within only 30 minutes. If you are feeling adventurous, you can walk downtown in about an hour. Not only are you close to downtown, but you are also right along the Ottawa River which provides picturesque views for bike rides and walks! If you are looking for some peace and serenity, you can pop over to the Dominion Arboretum, which is just a short bike ride away. It is also conveniently located just off the 417, making commuting a breeze! The Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway also flanks the north side of the neighbourhood and you can get downtown in a matter of minutes.
If retail therapy is your thing, you are going to love the shops in Westboro! If you walk along Richmond Road, you are sure to find a store that tickles your fancy. Fine jewellers, upscale clothing and furniture can be found along the way. A few notable jewelry stores include Moissy Fine Jewellery, Megpie Jewellery. Some great clothing stores are Must Boutique, Tallow, Westboro Closet Candy, and more! One of the traits that many people who live in Westboro share is a love of the outdoors. Because of this, there are lots of great outdoor and active stores as well such as MEC, Bushtukah, Great Escape Outfitters, Lulu Lemon, Running Room, Brio Bodywear and more! There are also some great grocery stores including Real Canadian Superstore, Farm Boy, Natural Food Pantry and Food Basics. There is also an LCBO, Flowers Talk Tivoli and Saje Natural Wellness.
When you live in Westboro, you are never more than a 5-minute walk to a restaurant of some kind! With casual or upscale dining, a ton of bars and pubs, an assortment of cafes, bakeries, pizzerias and so much more! When it comes to upscale dining, you can enjoy a meal at Fratelli, Trio Bistro and Lounge or Gezellig. If casual is more your thing, check out The Savoy, Lexington or The Works. As for pubs, check out Clocktower Brew Pub, Barley Mow, Churchills or Whispers Pub & Eatery. If a cafe is more your style, there is Starbucks, Happy Goat Coffee, Baker Street Cafe, Equator Coffee or Bridgehead. A few notable bakeries include Cupcake Lounge, Mamie Clafoutis, Strawberry Blonde, Batter Up and The Cake Shop. You will never go hungry living in this community!
Whether you are an experienced foodie, a yoga enthusiast, a rollerblader, cyclist, kayaker or stand-up paddle-boarder or a festival goer, Westboro is sure to have an activity for you! Featuring the beautiful Ottawa River Pathway that meanders along the river, you can hop on your bicycle or roller skates and enjoy a great day in the sun. Why not stop in at Westboro Beach along the way! Westboro has an abundance of yoga studios including Pure Yoga, New Moon Yoga, Pathway Yoga, Yoga Collective Westboro and Iyengar Yoga Ottawa. If you are looking for festivals, Westboro has the annual FUSE Festival which includes a full weekend of food, fashion, live music and entertainment! Sadly, due to the pandemic, the FUSE Festival was not held in 2020 or 2021, but they are hoping to bring it back as soon as it is safe again!
The OC Transpo routes in Westboro make it very easy to get to where you need to go in record time! Because Westboro is so central in the city of Ottawa, getting downtown by bus only takes a few minutes. You can also make it out to Kanata, Barrhaven or Orleans all by bus! By 2025, the O-Train West extension will be complete and Westboro will have its own LRT station as well, making commuting downtown even easier than it already is! There are also rideshare programs such as Uber and Lyft as well as Vrtucar. If you live here, you really don’t need to own your own vehicle!
The other great thing about Westboro is that everything you need is within walking distance. If you are looking to spend an evening out at a restaurant or pub, you can most likely walk back to your home afterwards! Or, if you want to pop over to the grocery store, you can do so by foot! Looking to spend a day scoping out the local retail shops? No problem! You can walk along Richmond Road from one end of Westboro to the other within 20 minutes! If you are feeling adventurous, you can continue your shopping spree along Wellington Street into Hintonburg! The city has done a great job with the planning of sidewalks and walking paths in Westboro with extra-large sidewalks and an abundance of paths, including the one that runs parallel to Byron Avenue, The Ottawa River Pathway, the path between Scott Street and the Transitway, and the serene pathways within Hampton Park.
Even though Westboro is part of a booming metropolis, there is still plenty of green space and natural scenery. Take the Ottawa River, for instance, the peaceful waterfront offers stunning sunset views over the water! You can enjoy a day at Westboro Beach under the sun and even go for a dip if you are feeling up for it! There are also lots of great parks you can enjoy including Iona Park, Hampton Park, Roy Duncan Park, Maplelawn Garden and Byron Linear Park. Almost every street in Westboro is lined with large, mature trees which not only creates a stunning setting, but also offers a lot of privacy between homes. There is even a small forest between the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Ottawa River just east of Island Park. If scenery is important to you, Westboro is sure to impress!
There is nowhere as trendy in Ottawa’s west end as Westboro! With specialty shops, yoga studios, vegetarian and vegan-only restaurants, plenty of walking areas and outdoor adventure stores, Westboro is trendy for people of all walks of life! Whether you are a single younger person who wants to enjoy the awesome Westboro culture, or if you are a family who has a love of the outdoors, or if you are simply looking for a comfortable place to retire, Westboro is a great place for you! If you are looking to make the move into this trendy community, contact us. We can help you find the perfect home within this amazing neighbourhood!