Why this neighbourhood?

Blog by Ottawa Real Estate | Ottawa Homes for Sale | Ottawa Relocation | August 15th, 2011

Choosing the right neighbourhood 

Neighbourhood Planning 

Choosing the right neighbourhood is an important starting point when searching for a home.  Sustainable neighbourhoods in both cities and towns have a few key features that make them attractive to home buyers. 

1. A village atmosphere 
Homes are located near shops, schools, recreation, work so you don't have to use your car every time you go out.  Like in a village, these daily destinations are a pleasant, convenient and safe walk, cycle or bus ride away. 

Planning public transit trips is a breeze with Mapnificent at www.mapnificent.net.  It's an easy-to-use map that shows you the area you can reach with public transport from any point in a given time. It is available for Ottawa as well as Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, and major cities around the world.  It works with all major browsers except Explorer. 

2. A safe neighbourhood 
Homes close to the sidewalk with porches and windows out front allow you to keep an eye on the street.  A mix of homes, shops and offices means that the neighbourhood is active throughout the day and evening.  Reverse neighbourhoods that front on to parks and recreation is the latest trend in community developments – the statistics say that they are safer.

3. A neighbourhood you can stay in 
An area with a variety of housing choices, from apartments and condos to town homes, duplexes and detached houses, is a neighbourhood you can stay in throughout life's changes. As your age, family circumstances and income change, you can still find a suitable home in the same neighbourhood, where you have put down roots.

Working with realtors that know the neighbourhoods is so important. Getting the right start starts with a call 613-841-2111or email hamreteam@hamre.ca to the Hamre Team at RE/MAX in Ottawa, ON, Canada. Visit our web site at http://www.WeKnowOttawa.com