Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood has been named one of the best places to live

Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood has been named one of the best places to live
Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood has been named one of the best places to live

Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood is one of the best places to live in Canada, according to a new study.

The RE/MAX 2024 Liveability Report names Sandy Hill, the area between the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River, as one of the top 10 neighborhoods in the country.

The Livability Report looks at the qualities of neighbourhoods that “most appeal to Canadians and determines the best neighbourhoods” based on several criteria, including affordability, proximity to employment, walkability, access to green spaces and parks, proximity to health or medical services, proximity to public transportation and childcare/schools, access to bike paths/walking trails, diversity of cultures and ethnicities, and neighbourhoods with high population density.

According to RE/MAX, the following neighborhoods rank among the country’s best when it comes to neighborhood livability in 20 of Canada’s largest cities:

  • Sandhill, Ottawa
  • Downtown West End, Calgary
  • Daniel McIntyre, Winnipeg
  • Oliver/Wîhkwêntôwin, Edmonton
  • Heritage, Regina
  • Quinpool Areas, Halifax
  • Westmount, Saskatoon
  • Southwest, Montreal
  • Old Town, Toronto
  • Corktown, Hamilton

In discussing Sandy Hill, RE/MAX notes that the University of Ottawa “contributes to the vibrant atmosphere, many amenities and trendy neighborhood vibe. Close to the shopping mall at the Rideau Centre, minutes from Parliament Hill and The ByWard Market, and easily accessible by public transit.”

The study found that Ontario’s “most livable” neighbourhoods – Toronto’s Old Town, Hamilton’s Corktown and Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood – “tend to be in orderly, established areas, with high walkability scores.”

The RE/MAX Liveability Report found that 86 percent of respondents said they liked the quality of life and livability in their neighborhood. The survey, conducted by Leger on behalf of RE/MAX Canada, found that 24 percent of respondents believe the livability of their neighborhood will improve over the next three to five years, and 55 percent believe it will remain stable.

Ottawa’s most popular neighborhood

RE/MAX asked real estate agents and brokers in Ontario to share the most popular neighborhoods in their markets as part of its Livability Report.

In Ottawa, real estate agents called Kanata North-East “one of the region’s most dynamic and fastest-growing neighbourhoods.”

“This region has received a lot of attention for its thriving technology sector and excellent amenities, including schools, parks, recreational facilities and shopping centers,” according to RE/MAX.

“It has attractive living conditions and is well connected to downtown Ottawa by major highways and public transit. Overall, home prices in Kanata North-East have increased by 10-15 percent year-on-year.”

In Kingston, real estate agents named Alwington the city’s most desirable neighborhood.