May 26th, 2023 | The Glebe

The Glebe – Ottawa’s Historic On Foot Neighbourhood

The Glebe has always been a popular area for those buying a home in Ottawa. Whether you are looking for a quiet tree-lined street perfect for a family, or a duplex for investment, there really is something for everyone. Excellent amenities, schools and year-round activities make the Glebe a sought-after Ottawa neighbourhood.

The grandeur of the beautiful homes could easily make you forget that you are walking distance to Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site. Many homes were designed between 1912 and 1932 in the Arts and Crafts, Prairie, California Spanish Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival styles. Modern infills are blended in among the older homes in appreciation of their surroundings and include zero emission designs.

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A Weekend Stroll

When choosing an Ottawa neighbourhood, it’s important that it works for your lifestyle and needs throughout the week. We think of the Glebe as a neighbourhood that is perfect for those that like to be able to access much of what they need in a short walk from their home.

Imagine taking a stroll from your home, greeting your neighbours as you make your way down one of the many tree-lined streets, grabbing a gourmet coffee, sitting on a patio while catching up on the day and getting inspired about where to go for lunch or dinner. The Glebe has always had a bunch of welcoming pubs, but a steady influx of talented chefs in the area have brought diverse flavours to enjoy besides all the traditional favourites.

For the At-Home Chef

For the foodies who like to cook at home, you can buy local produce, meat from one of Ottawa’s best butchers, specialty oils (after a custom tasting session), cheese and charcuterie, baklava and even truffles, if that is on the menu, within a short walk on Bank Street.

The Ottawa Farmers Market is held at Lansdowne Park where our clients enjoy strolling with the family dog and kids, picking up some organic produce and a gourmet grilled cheese to enjoy on the way. For the rest of the week, the Whole Foods Market has everything you need.

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Eat your Way Along Bank Street

To enjoy all the Glebe has to offer would take months of eating out every day. In one block you can enjoy fajitas, gourmet seafood, Japanese sweet treats and hidden gems that offer traditional Lebanese dishes. The National Capital Commission has recently added a bistro on the Rideau Canal at Patterson Creek Park as part of its scenic patios project.  You can enjoy drinks and snack all summer long, and if the family is with you, watch them in the park while you relax.

Running Errands (Literally)

The Glebe has excellent supermarkets, pharmacies, post offices, opticians, boutiques and one of the Chell Team’s favourites, the stunning florist Bloomfields. You can really accomplish everything on foot. Pick up dinner, a gift, drop off a watch for repair, sample some chocolate truffles; who said errands have to be a chore?

Time for You

Whether you need to check in for some pampering or routine upkeep, the Glebe has five spas to fulfill all your esthetic needs, and three hairstylists, two which are award winning and will cut and style the whole family.

Year-Round Arts, Sports, Entertainment and Festivals

The Glebe has a vibrant community association that offers a year-round arts program and contributes to the many other activities in the area. This Ottawa neighbourhood really offers an incredible array of activities:

  • Watch a football game at Lansdowne Park, home to the Ottawa Redblacks and major league junior hockey team The Ottawa 67s (this is team member Sarah Toll’s top pick)
  • The Chell Team all love to explore the city by bike and the Glebe is a biker’s paradise – head from the Glebe to the Rideau Canal which connects you across Ottawa or head to the stunning Arboretum to take in some nature
  • Search or rather compete for a bargain at the Great Glebe Garage Sale, an annual tradition in May since 1986.
  • Pick up some art at Art in the Park in June as part of the annual New Arts Festival
  • Rent a pedal boat, or paddle board at Dow’s Lake to cool off during the summer months
  • When it gets to December, enjoy the Santa Claus Parade and then skate the Rideau Canal as part of Winterlude (one of Susan Chell’s annual birthday traditions)
  • Last, but not least, grab a movie at Ottawa’s first and only VIP Cinema at Lansdowne Park

Get in Touch

The Chell Team is just a phone call or email away. Contact us to arrange a meeting with Susan Chell, Patti Brown or Sarah Toll today for your free home market evaluation or check out the Chell Team real estate listings.