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Offering a vibrant and dynamic community feel, Westboro is home to young families and urbanites looking to walk to amenities and enjoy a metropolitan lifestyle. Westboro encompasses Westboro and Westboro Beach.
Many people like to say they’re in “Westboro” when they are actually in one of the many surrounding neighbourhoods and sub-communities that offer a similar close-to-everything, urban feel, among which are Wellington Village, Hampton Park and Hintonburg to the East and Highland Park, McKellar Park and Glabar Park to the west. South of The Queensway is found McKellar Heights. Some of these neighbourhoods are more residential and spread out than others. Westboro is characterized by a mix of character homes, contemporary builds, semi-detached homes and mid-and-high rise condos. Home sizes and prices range, but the homes tend to start around $1-million. McKellar Heights and McKellar Park tends to have larger lots, while some homes in Westboro Beach enjoy water views.
Condos are another popular dwelling-style in Westboro, with many of these being concentrated around Wellington Street West. The Exchange, Westboro Station, the three QWest buildings, The Currents and The Eddy are some of the condos along Wellington Street West (with Westboro Station backing onto Wellington Street West). 1451 Wellington is one of the newest and most luxurious condos in the area. The Metropole is one of the larger buildings in the area and boasts spacious units and water views.
The principal thoroughfare of Westboro and the surrounding communities, Wellington Street West/Richmond Road (one turns into the other), has a plethora of dining and shopping options. Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli has new digs, but has been around for years. We are also long-time Caffe Mio lovers and Gazellig offers upscale and delicious dining from Ottawa restaurateur Stephen Beckta and partner Clay Cardillo. Established in 1996, Italian eatery Fratelli has a Westboro outpost, as does Ottawa-born The Works, which serves up yummy hamburgers and the best yam frites. Locally owned and operated Pure Kitchen offers a healthier option, with vegan items prevailing. Tied with neighbourhood studio, Pure Yoga, this restaurant also offers a great rooftop terrace. Other popular options include Thyme & Again, Supply and Demand, Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner and the Wellington Gastropub. Italian sundry stores Parma Ravioli and Il Negozio Nicastro have great takeout options and groceries. Wellington Butchery specializes in custom cuts.
There are many other businesses along this main street, from law offices to physiotherapists to creative offices. Other retail includes groomer and pup store Masters n’ Dogs, Quelque Chose Pâtisserie, Lululemon, outdoors store Bushtukah and Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), which have everything from canoes to tents and shoes. Perk up with a coffee from Bridgehead or Starbucks. Long-standing farmer’s market, Parkdale Market, is open May to November for those who enjoy a farm-to-table approach. To the east, Wellington Street turns into Somerset Street West, which leads into Ottawa’s Chinatown.
Westboro and its neighbouring communities also a draw for smaller, independently owned creative endeavours. Wall Space Gallery + Framing and Cube area local galleries. In nearby City Centre strip mall, Orange Gallery is a popular gallery and venue and Art is In Bakery serves up to-die-for brunch and pastries. Beyond the Pale brewing company also makes it homes at City Centre.
Island Park Drive borders Westboro to the east. Following Island Park Drive south past The Queensway, one will find the Civic Hospital neighbourhood. This neighbourhood tends toward smaller character homes, though modern infills are becoming increasingly popular. Civic Hospital abuts The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus and is thus a popular residential enclave for medical professionals, as well as families. The Civic Hospital is also near both Little Italy and The Central Experimental Farm, which offers recreation through its unique public spaces, including an arboretum, The Ornamental Gardens, The Tropical Greenhouse, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and Fletcher Wildlife Garden.
With their central locations and variety of amenities, these west-end neighbourhoods draw professionals of all ages and families.