Glebe / Old Ottawa South Real Estate Listings & Glebe / Old Ottawa South Profile
One of Ottawa’s most family-friendly urban neighbourhoods, the Glebe offers a unique coalescence of ideals: urbanity, history and tranquil scenery.
The homes in the Glebe offer high walkscores and bikescores given their incredibly central location. Tree-lined streets are punctuated by historically and architecturally interesting homes interspersed with modern infills and semi-detached dwellings. Glebe residents include professionals and families. The Glebe is home to many of the City’s W.E. Noffke homes. The late architect was best known for his residential designs. Streets Clemow Avenue, Linden Terrace and Monkland Avenue are home to some of the area’s grandest homes. With many bodies of water, including picturesque Patterson Creek, the Rideau Canal and Brown’s Inlet, located in or passing through the Glebe, some homes offer beautiful water views. Residents and visitors alike enjoy running or biking along the Canal, which converts into the world’s longest skating rink in the winter! The Canal is on the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List, having been constructed in the early-19th century.
Bustling Bank Street is found at the heart of the Glebe and offers tons of amenities, from restaurants and stores to dance studios and a stadium. Local fare is served up at The Rowan, Feleena’s Cantina and Erling’s Variety. La Strada Restaurant is an absolute neighbourhood staple, having been in the area for over 40 years. Bagel-lovers flock to decades-old Kettleman’s Bagel Co., which is open 24/7 every day of the year! Another neighbourhood institution is the Canal Ritz Restaurant, which has fantastic Rideau Canal views. You can even boat to the restaurant!
Dow’s Lake is just 5 minutes from the Glebe and is accessible via car or boat along the Rideau Canal. In the summer, kayaks, SUPs, pedal boats and canoes can be rented here, while winter rentals are skates. Dow’s Lake is home to several restaurants and just down the street from Little Italy, home to some of our favourite dining options. Ottawa’s famous chef Marc Lepine, a renowned molecular gastronomist, has an intimate restaurant, Atelier, where he serves 12-course dining experiences. Mati is popular for trendy dining and EVOO Greek Kitchen specializes in fresh Greek food. Takeout is best at The Nutty Greek Bake Shop where Anne serves up homemade family recipes, and great pizza and gelato can be found at Farinella.
The Glebe and Dow’s Lake areas are also home to the internationally acclaimed Canadian Tulip Festival, which has been celebrated since 1953 as a tribute to the friendship between the Netherlands and Canada after the Dutch royal family was sequestered in Canada during the Second World War. To this date, millions of tulips bloom in celebration of this relationship, 10,000 of which are gifted to Canada by The Netherlands annually, according to The Canadian Encyclopedia.
In 2015, the Lansdowne Park redevelopment brought still more energy to the Glebe and provided a new hub for sports fans. Home to the Ottawa REDBLACKS (Canadian Football League) and the Ottawa 67’s (Ontario Hockey League), this development also accommodates concerts and special events. It also houses two Minto condos: The Rideau and The Vibe. The condos at Lansdowne Live offer incredible Rideau Canal and stadium views as well as superb amenities. This development also brought a luxurious cinema, skating park and shops and restaurants to the area. Dine indoors or on the patio at hotspots JOEY Lansdowne, LOCAL Public Eatery or Milestones, or shop for groceries at Whole Foods.
Across picturesque Bank Street Bridge is adjacent neighbourhood Old Ottawa South, which also offers a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment, but is smaller than the Glebe. Stella Luna Gelato Café and Black Squirrel Books and Espresso Bar and Patty's Pub are several favourites. Old Ottawa South is also home to the Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa’s oldest active theatre. Bordered by the Rideau River to the south, Old Ottawa South also offers some water view homes and its proximity to Carleton University has made it a popular neighbourhood with faculty and staff.
It’s easy to understand why the Glebe and Ottawa South are some of Ottawa’s most popular, liveable urban areas. We love these neighbourhoods because they have a high-density shopping street, but the residential streets are quiet and separated from the bustle.