Ottawa’s Most (and Least) Affordable Neighbourhoods of 2023

For a big Canadian city, Ottawa has a number of relatively affordable neighbourhoods, although luxury options also abound.

By Josh Sherman | 2 minute read

Jan 1

Ottawa’s roughly 100 neighbourhoods provide a mix of price points, including a few that are surprisingly affordable and some others that have jaw-dropping luxury homes.


Home prices in cities across North America have reached unprecedented levels in recent years, but despite being Canada’s fourth-largest city and the country’s capital, there are still relative bargains to be found.

For example, through an affordability study earlier this year, Wahi found that one pocket of Ottawa was more affordable than Windsor (or 50 other Ontario cities). Revisiting the topic of Ottawa housing affordability to round out the year, Wahi now looks at the most (and least) affordable neighbourhoods in the city for both condos and houses, including detached and semi-detached homes as well as townhomes. The following neighbourhoods were ranked by the median selling price of homes between the period of Dec. 1 and Nov. 15.

We put the real back in real estate.

Join Wahi today and find out how easy it is to get real estate in Canada.

Ottawa’s Most (and Least) Expensive Neighbourhoods for Condos

living room

Top 3 Most Expensive Ottawa Neighbourhoods for Condos


  1. Hunt Club Woods – Quinterra – Revelstoke 


Median Price: $750,000

Named after the prestigious Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, Hunt Club Woods – Quinterra – Revelstoke is a pricey sliver of a community that hugs the Rideau Canal between Cedarvale in the south to Riverside Park in the north. The broader Hunt Club community has triple the amount of publicly accessible green space as the city-wide average, and many homebuyers are willing to pay a premium.


  1. Old Ottawa East


Median Price: $703,250

You’ll also pay a premium for a centrally located condo, so it’s not surprising that Old Ottawa East — which is located within Capital Ward, just south of the downtown core — are the second- and third-most expensive neighbourhoods for Ottawa condo buyers in 2023.


  1. Old Ottawa South


Median Price: $697,500

Likewise, Old Ottawa South, another pocket of the Capital Ward, rounds out the top three most expensive Ottawa condo ‘hoods.

Top 3 Least Expensive Ottawa Neighbourhoods for Condos

Unlike the most expensive condo neighbourhoods, the top three most affordable Ottawa neighbourhoods are strewn more widely across the city.


  1. Beacon Hill South – Cardinal Heights


Median Price: $255,000

There’s some third-party evidence to back up the neighbourhood’s status as an affordable alcove. According to the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study, nearly 70% of Beacon Hill South – Cardinal Heights residents are homeowners, compared to the Ottawa-wide average of 65.7%.


  1. Riverside Park


Median Price: $260,000

You don’t have to travel far from affluent Hunt Club Woods – Quinterra – Revelstoke to see prices dip. Bordering the community to the north is Riverside Park, which is a stone’s throw from Carleton University, and borders the iconic Rideau Canal.


  1. Bells Corners West


Median Price: $280,000


A more suburban community not far from Kanata, Bells Corners West might not have the vibrancy of Ottawa’s more urban neighbourhoods, but then the tradeoff may be more affordable multi-family dwellings – and some peace and quiet.

Become a Real
Estate Know-It-All

Get the weekly email that will give you everything you need to be a real estate rockstar. Stay informed and get so in the know.

Yes, I want to get the latest real estate news, insights, home value
estimates emailed to my inbox. I can unsubscribe at any time.

Ottawa’s Most (and Least) Expensive Neighbourhoods for Houses

living room
Top 3 Most Expensive Ottawa Neighbourhoods for Houses

1. Glebe – Dows Lake

Median Price: $1,245,000
One of the wealthiest parts of Ottawa, it’s not uncommon to see homes in Glebe – Dows Lake to sell for several million dollars. In fact, the three most expensive homes that sold in Ottawa this year were all located within the community. 


  1. Rockcliffe – Manor Park

Median Price: $1,225,000

Another higher-income area, this community includes the Rockcliffe and Manor Park neighbourhoods, with the former the site of a Heritage Conservation District. As you can imagine, heritage homes — whether due to upkeep or desirability — don’t come cheap!


  1. Woodroffe – Lincoln Heights

Median Price: $1,209,500

Woodroffe – Lincoln Heights is a narrow primarily residential swath of land overlooking the rushing Ottawa River that has a mix of luxury rentals and condos and, of course, big detached homes with even bigger price tags. 

Top 3 Least Expensive Ottawa Neighbourhoods for Houses


  1. Ledbury – Heron Gate – Ridgemont

Median Price: $389,000 

It’s been called one of Ottawa’s “most richly diverse neighbourhoods.” Ledbury – Heron Gate – Ridgemont is home to many newcomers to Canada as well as the most affordable median house price anywhere in the city. If there’s a challenge, it’s that the neighbourhood has some of the lowest incomes in the city as well, meaning ownership may not be within reach for local renters. 


  1. Hunt Club East – Western Community

Median Price: $420,000

Hunt Club East – Western Community began as a cluster of subdivisions in the 1970s, but as the city has grown, it’s shed its status of bedroom community and is a proper — and affordable — Ottawa neighbourhood. 


  1. Cummings 

Median Price: $425,000

An L-shaped neighbourhood to the east of the downtown core, Cummings, also known as Cyrville, is conveniently connected to Ottawa’s core via Highway 417. That’s good news for homebuyers who may be sacrificing their ideal location for the below-average median price found here.

Josh Sherman

Wahi Writer


Get so in the Know

On everything real estate.

From the latest Canadian housing market trends and stories, to insider tips and tricks.

By clicking “subscribe”, you agree to receive emails from Wahi. You always have the option to unsubscribe at any time, see our privacy policy for more details.