14 Apr Neighbourhood Profile: Barrhaven
If you’re looking for a warm, friendly community to call home, look no further than Barrhaven, an Ottawa suburb that has become synonymous with family-oriented living. It is a bustling yet quaint locale that embodies that neighbourly charm, where children can run gleefully in parks and where the minivan rules the road. Let’s explore the advantages of buying a home in Barrhaven:
The suburb of Barrhaven is located to the south of Ottawa. It is bordered by the Greenbelt to the north, the Rideau River to the east, and Highway 416 to the west. It is traditionally bounded by Strandherd to the south, but the growth of Chapman Mills and even Half Moon Bay to the far south are still considered Barrhaven. Barrhaven is divided into Barrhaven West (Old Barrhaven), Longfields, Davidson Heights, Chapman Mills, and Stonebridge.
More specifically, it is located approximately 17km southwest of the downtown core of Ottawa. This is a rapidly growing suburban area that is for the most part surrounded by rural areas and lush farmland. It has become an increasingly booming area as families flock to escape the busy bustle (and high home prices) of the downtown city.
Aside from the fact that you’ll always find cyclists and pedestrians strolling on by through the neighbourhood, there is just about anything you may need close to home. Take a walk with the kids and you can find yourself at the nearest Starbucks or even Booster Juice. The Barrhaven Marketplace also includes Cineplex Odeon Cinemas. All your Saturday shopping needs are covered with trips to Canadian Tire, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Walmart.
You’ll find all the chain restaurants but also local gems like authentic Italian at La Porto a Casa, to-die-for pizza at San Marino pizza, tasty Barrhaven Vietnamese Restaurant and Sunday brunch favourite Broadway’s Bar & Grill. You’ll also find countless schools – which happen to be some of the best rated in the city – along with beautiful green spaces where you can throw a frisbee with the kids or organize a neighbourhood game of soccer.
OC Transpo access is excellent in Barrhaven and getting better each year. In addition to the many local routes, routes 94 and 95 will whip you right down the Transitway to access the rest of Ottawa. Express routes make getting downtown easier, more affordable, and faster than commuting by car.
This neighbourhood is your family oasis. It is a quaint and vibrant community that is lined with quiet crescents, manicured parks and splash pads, spacious homes and family-friendly restaurants. It’s like stepping back into a time when children were encouraged to use the park and their imaginations to keep them entertained, and where you could hear the neighbourhood kids playing together at the nearby baseball diamond.
Although family-oriented, with the reasonable commute, affordable living, and convenient amenities within this community, it has also become a popular mixing ground, not only for young families, but also young professionals, empty nesters and retirees. The soothing charm of the community allows you to feel disconnected from the big city, all the while being within only a 20-minute commute from the core. For this reason, it has become a popular place for many to call home.
If you are interested in calling this desirable area home and would like to buy a home in Barrhaven, the Geoff & Bobbie Team can walk you through the process step by step until the keys are in your hand.