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Updated Friday, March 13, 2015  ::  Views (10805)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog all about the Ottawa community of Westboro, where I mentioned that there is often confusion between the neighbourhoods of Westboro, Wellington Village, and Hintonburg.  This week’s blog will focus on the Hintonburg neighbourhood - a creative, hip community located just east of Wellington Village and Westboro and only a few minutes from downtown.   Although the neighbourhoods are really close together there are some pretty significant differences.  

The Hintonburg Community Association lists the boundaries of the neighbourhood as bordered by Scott Street on the north, the O-Train line to the east, the Queensway on the south (Highway 417) and Holland Avenue to the west.

The neighbourhood has gone through a series of boom and busts since the early 1900’s due to the changing character of the surrounding areas, which impacted its growth.    Currently, the neighbourhood is in a boom cycle, and will likely be that way for many years to come.  As with Westboro, Hintonburg is benefitting from the city’s intensification plan. However, for Hintonburg, things have only begun to heat up over the past few years still making it an option for property hunters looking for great value. 

Hintonburg is an ideal community for young professionals, students, and families on a budget. The median age is 37 years old, with the majority of the residents between the ages of 20-50 years old, earning an average household income of $52,171/year.  Ottawa’s main transit line runs adjacent to the neighbourhood and will soon be connected to the core by the city’s light rail project, making it a great community for those who like to use public transportation.   Condos in Hintonburg start at around $215,000 and singles start from as low as $299,000, which is a great value considering the location.

Hintonburg is truly one of Ottawa’s historic hidden gems.  The most notable difference between Hintonburg and surrounding communities is its connection to and promotion of the arts. Hintonburg is home to the QUAD (Quartier des artistes / Arts District) which since 2003 has fostered and encouraged the growth of galleries, theaters, and events that bring a unique vibrancy to the neighbourhood.   Like Westboro, there are also plenty of options for food, shopping and entertainment:

Galleries/Theaters: Great Canadian Theater Company, Orange Art Gallery, Parkdale United Church Orchestra

Restaurants: The Elmdale Oyster House, Allium, Anthony’s, The Table, The Flying Banzini, Hintonburger, Tennessy Willems

Coffee Shops/Bakeries: Bridgehead, SuzyQ Donuts, Bread By Us

Bars/Lounges: Hintonburg Public House, The Wood on Wellington, Carleton Tavern, 10 Fourteen Bar

Shopping: Victoire, Fab Gear 64, St. Vincent De Paul, Flock Boutique, cyclelogik

Fitness Facilities: PranaShanti Yoga Centre, K2 Martial Arts and Kickboxing

Other:  Parkdale Market, Beyond the Pale, West Park Lanes

So if you are looking to move closer to the core and don’t want to break the bank, Hintonburg might just be the neighbourhood for you.    I’d be happy to show you around!  Contact me anytime for more information.  

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