Our nation's capitol is not only the center of the Canadian government; it's also the fourth largest city in the country, home to over 800,000 people. These people have come from all over the world. Some have just put up their home for sale to come here and take a government job, others have just arrived in Canada from far away countries and look for jobs, living space, and residency documents. Whatever your reason for moving to Ottawa, you're going to need a place to stay once you get there. Here are some types of real estate you might look into.
Houses come in all shapes, sizes, and styles but the shapes and sizes popular in Ottawa tend to be the smaller ones unless they're meant to house politicians and high-ranking government officials because this is a city where space is limited. Like in the beautiful Toronto real estate listings, some of the properties you see for sale will probably be flirting with a seventh figure if they are close to downtown. For smaller bungalows or two storey homes in suburb areas like Kanata or Orleans, however, you might find a place for around $300,000. In terms of style, brick is the favored building material here, with some of the represented architectural styles being Queen Anne, Victorian, and Prairie.
What are row houses?
Row houses are common in cities like Ottawa, where everyone wants the space and privacy afforded by a single family home but there's not enough space to give each one it's own yard. Corktown, Toronto's downtown Irish-influenced neighborhood, is a good comparison to an inner-city Ottawa neighborhood. Many were built in the early 20th century, but the row or town house is coming into vogue once again as an infill project to replace old or crumbling buildings. Red brick is a popular building material for row houses, and some even have small back yards with little sheds for storage.
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Condominiums, or condos, are becoming increasingly popular forms of residential real estate in large cities, especially among single professionals. The Bloor Yorkville area of Toronto is quickly becoming a condo hotspot, as are some downtown neighborhoods of Ottawa. However, residential high-rises aren't your only condo option here. There are also significant numbers of low-rise buildings along with subdivided row or detached houses, duplexes, and triplexes. Ottawa is a very house-centric city, so these tend to be more popular options than high rises.
If you're not sure how long you will be staying in Ottawa or you'd like to give the place a more thorough look over before you buy a property, why not rent? With a lot of schools and government training programs located in the city, Ottawa has a high transient population, and a lot of rental properties to meet the needs of this population. It's not like in small areas, where the market is heavily weighted toward the "owning" end of the spectrum. There are a lot of brick apartment buildings with balconies built in the 1960s, some new metal-and-glass high rises, and many subdivided homes to choose from.