Congratulations, you are looking to move to Ottawa! It really is a very family-friendly city as a whole, and a great place to raise your kids. But being a huge city, you may find it difficult to decide on which neighbourhood to live in, what schools are the best and how to find that perfect home or condo for your family. You can use Ottawa real estate search sites like this one which offer a way to search through Ottawa MLS listings, but it can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start or what areas to search for. So we wanted to put together a quick post that will hopefully help you in your search for that perfect Ottawa home for your family.

The first step you should take is do decide on which neighbourhood or community you want to look for homes. Ottawa is separated into a number of different neighbourhoods, all of which are unique and special in their own way. So choosing a neighbourhood where you can find a home for sale that suits your needs and fits in your price range should be the first step.

Here’s our look at the top 3 neighbourhoods to raise a family in Ottawa:

Hunt Club – It’s close to the Rideau River and is typically a middle class neighbourhood. Homes here are affordable and are typically in good condition. There are plenty of great schools nearby as well as parks and recreation options. Condo options are also available with Claridge Homes being one of the main developers for new condos.

Barrhaven – Barrhaven is a fast growing community with several sub-communities within it. There are both condos and single family homes all ranging in prices. According to these Barrhaven real estate stats the average price right now for a home in Barrhaven is 380,000. There are also a number of new home and condos being developed throughout Barrhaven from several different developers.

Kanata Lakes – Kanata Lakes really has to be one of the top family friendly neighbourhoods in Ottawa. With great schools and an abundance of recreational options and parks, it is well known as one of the best places in Ottawa to raise a family. Unfortunately the prices for homes in this area tend to be on the higher side for what you get simply because of the area. Kanata Lakes also has a great community association that regularly promotes various family friendly events and things to do.

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