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Welcome to Centretown

Centretown is a leafy residential district located just south of Ottawa’s downtown area between the neighbourhoods of the Golden Triangle, the Glebe, and Chinatown. With a combination of historic single-family homes, townhouses and complexes, and a vibrant commercial scene, Centretown is one of the most livable neighbourhoods in Ottawa.

Neighbourhood characteristics

Pet Friendly

Vibrant

Lively

Historic

Unique Boutiques

Green Spaces

Walkable

Nightlife

Downtown

Foodie's Favourite

Multicultural

Family Friendly

Plenty of Pubs

Student Friendly

Fun facts

  • During Ottawa's early history, Centretown encompassed everything west of the Rideau Canal, while the name 'Lowertown' was given to everything east of the Canal.
  • Centretown enjoys not one, but two community run newspapers!

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What to expect

Combining the world-class food of Bank Street, Elgin Street’s unique pubs, and the natural beauty that Ottawa is known for, residents of Centretown enjoy downtown life as it was meant to be lived.

What not to expect

The tranquility of the suburbs.



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Centretown

Why not live in the centre of it all?

Centretown is a leafy residential district located just south of Ottawa’s downtown area between the neighbourhoods of the Golden Triangle, the Glebe, and Chinatown. With a combination of historic single-family homes, townhouses and complexes, and a vibrant commercial scene, Centretown is one of the most livable neighbourhoods in Ottawa.

Thanks to its proximity to Ottawa’s Parliament buildings, Centretown enjoys a variety of cultural, historical and educational institutions. Beloved by both locals and tourists, the Canadian Museum of Nature hosts rotating exhibits celebrating Canada’s diverse natural history. Get up close and personal with their breathtaking exhibits during special nighttime, adult-only events known as Nature Nocturne. Enjoy a cocktail while you take in the amazing exhibits and historical architecture of the building, then dance the night away surrounded by polar bears, tyrannosaurus rexes, and more! Who says science can’t be fun? 

Centretown, despite its downtown location, maintains its community vibe through the dedicated work of the community organization, known as the Centretown Citizens. The area is also served by two separate community newspapers, the Centretown Buzz, a volunteer-run newspaper, and Centretown News, which is produced by students at Carleton University’s School of Journalism. The neighbourhood benefits from a variety of community events, including dedicated events for groups such as children, seniors, Aboriginal and Indigenous communities, recent immigrants to Canada, and more. Dundonald and Jack Purcell Parks, as well as the commercial areas of Elgin and Bank Street, are dotted with local artwork and monuments celebrating the region's unique history.

Centretown may be a residential community, but it’s far from boring. The vibrant Elgin Street boasts a variety of brew-pubs, cafes, and boutiques just begging to be explored. From vintage fashions to good old fashioned pub food, you can find it on Elgin! Centretown’s other commercial hotspot, Bank Street, is known as the home of some of the best restaurants in Ottawa. With everything from wine bars to Korean barbeque to the latest culinary fusions, Bank Street has something to suit every taste. After dinner, your night need not end. Centretown boasts an incredible variety of entertainment options, ranging from stand-up comedy to live jazz to the latest in Canadian theatre.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Combining the world-class food of Bank Street, Elgin Street’s unique pubs, and the natural beauty that Ottawa is known for, residents of Centretown enjoy downtown life as it was meant to be lived.

The vibrant Elgin Street boasts a variety of brew-pubs, cafes, and boutiques just begging to be explored. From vintage fashions to good old fashioned pub food, you can find it on Elgin! Centretown’s other commercial hotspot, Bank Street, is known as the home of some of the best restaurants in Ottawa. With everything from wine bars to Korean barbeque to the latest culinary fusions, Bank Street has something to suit every taste. After dinner, your night need not end. Centretown boasts an incredible variety of entertainment options, ranging from stand-up comedy to live jazz to the latest in Canadian theatre.

WHAT NOT TO EXPECT:

The tranquility of the suburbs.

Centrally located in the heart of Ottawa, Centretown boasts entertainment, cuisine, and nightlife - but it doesn't offer the peace and tranquility of the outer suburbs. 

THE MARKET:

Centretown boasts a charming blend of historic single family homes, luxurious condominiums, and more affordable low rise apartments and row houses.

Centretown includes something for everyone - and every budget! This community is home to a blend of luxurious high rise apartments, affordable townhouses and low rise apartments, and historic single family detached homes. 

UNEXPECTED APPEAL:

Discovering the region’s unique history via the public artworks and monuments that dot Dundonald and Jack Purcell Parks, as well as the commercial areas of Elgin and Bank Street.

Dundonald and Jack Purcell Parks, as well as the commercial areas of Elgin and Bank Street, are dotted with local artwork and monuments celebrating the region's unique history.

THE LIFESTYLE:

Nerdy and fun, residents of Centretown flock to the nearby Museum of Nature to explore its exhibits with a cocktail in hand, and then dance the night away!

Beloved by both locals and tourists, the Canadian Museum of Nature hosts rotating exhibits celebrating Canada’s diverse natural history. Get up close and personal with their breathtaking exhibits during special nighttime, adult-only events known as Nature Nocturne. Enjoy a cocktail while you take in the amazing exhibits and historical architecture of the building, then dance the night away surrounded by polar bears, tyrannosaurus rexes, and more! Who says science can’t be fun? 

YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH:

With not one, but two, community-run newspapers, Centretown maintains its strong neighbourhood character.

Centretown, despite its downtown location, maintains its community vibe through the dedicated work of the community organization, known as the Centretown Citizens. The area is also served by two separate community newspapers, the Centretown Buzz, a volunteer-run newspaper, and Centretown News, which is produced by students at Carleton University’s School of Journalism. 

THE NEIGHBOURS:

This vibrant urban community is home to young professionals from around the world.

This hip young community is home to a variety of students, professionals, and growing families. In this vibrant neighbourhood, the average age is just 35.

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AVG SALE PRICE

$713,110.89

AVG LISTINGS PER MONTH

6/month

AVG LISTINGS PER YEAR

67/year

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