Relocation Process

As Ottawa Realtors®, we specialize in military moves. Our team is approved Realtors® with BGRS for buying and selling in the National Capital Region. We work in all rural, urban and City locations across the NCR. There is a lot of information to take in when it comes to relocating. From your initial house-hunting trip to the sale of your current principal residence so it is imperative that you have all of the relative information as the process can prove to be overwhelming. A few things to consider about the process:

If you are moving from Ottawa

Preparation, staging and pricing your home are all key components of the selling process; especially for military clientele. After all, we are determined to find the perfect price for you; one that is sellable, and within a reasonable time frame so that you, the client, are not leaving money on the table. It will be our personal responsibility to have your home professionally appraised and, once completed, provide you with a BGRS Pricing Strategy Report. As such, we will ensure that you have all the relevant market information in order to make an informed decision. From there, and once we have settled on the price for your home, we will work on implementing a sensible market strategy. Having an extensive real estate network from coast to coast, we are more than happy to help you locate a Realtor® best suited for you in your new city. Together, we’re in this to help you find a home, no matter where you’re headed. 

What’s your home worth? If you have a house to sell please feel free to get in touch. I can provide you with a no-obligation market evaluation of your home.


If you are moving to Ottawa

When looking for a home to purchase, there are many components you might want to consider as a buyer. Location, for example, is quite possibly the most important decision you'll have to make. Not familiar with how and where to begin? Not to worry! Here are a few things to consider when choosing a neighbourhood to reside in:

  •  Schools – if you have, or are planning on having children, it’s extremely important to familiarize yourself with the multiple school districts and boundaries in the neighbourhood      
  • Amenities – how far are you willing to travel for everyday conveniences such as groceries, health care & gas stations?     
  • Commute times – will you be driving a distance to and from work, or will you need access to public transit?

Once you have narrowed down the perfect neighbourhood for you and your family. It's time for us to find you the right home. You'll want one that is well-priced and able to retain and improve its value so that when it comes time to getting posted out again in 3-5 years, you will have very few issues when it comes to selling. Protecting your biggest asset is a job we take very seriously. 

Thinking of renting your current home while being posted?
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Ottawa Neighbourhoods

As our Nation's Capital is home to the federal government and attracts thousands of new residents on an annual basis. Albeit our Capital City, it is relatively small with under 1 million people; yet, Ottawa maintains its small-town feel by way of its many surrounding neighbourhoods. Whether you choose to reside in the hustle and bustle of the downtown core, in one of the several trendy urban neighbourhoods, or in some of the quieter suburbs, there are so many great places to call home for busy families, young professionals and/or retirees alike. The city of Ottawa has it all!

Ottawa East

Ottawa East is only a short drive away from the downtown core, offers a variety of housing options for each individual’s taste – including (but not limited to) condos, townhomes, and single-family homes – and is home to a multitude of family-friendly amenities such as St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Place D’Orleans, the Shenkman Arts Centre, as well as several sports venues, all within the East end community. Below are a few of the areas in this part of Ottawa.

  1. Orleans  – Orleans is just a 15-minute drive from the downtown core. With over 100,000 residents, it is one of the larger communities to the East and provides numerous amenities within the community. Orleans boasts family-friendly neighbourhoods and has a strong francophone community; this is supported by the public and Catholic school boards offering classes for all school ages in both official languages throughout the community. Orleans is also home to the Shenkman Arts Centre which features gallery exhibits, performances and events in both official languages. There are numerous strip malls as well as the Place D’Orleans shopping centre so a trip to pick up groceries, go shopping, go to the bank or any other errands are all on your doorstep. For those who enjoy the outdoors, there are numerous parks and green spaces to visit. Petrie Island is a favourite fun-filled destination for summertime activities including kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals!
  2. Gloucester – Gloucester is another large community which runs East of the Rideau River, from the Ottawa River and south to Manotick.  It is home to over 100,000 people. There are many schools nearby offering classes for all school ages in both official languages and amenities are right on your doorstep. There are numerous shopping areas with many shopping and restaurant options at and around the Gloucester Centre.  If the kids are looking to go to a movie, Cineplex Scotiabank Movie Theatre offers multiple screens including an IMAX theatre. Gloucester has everything your family needs close to home.
  3. Blackburn Hamlet – Blackburn Hamlet is a small suburban community located in the former City of Gloucester. Surrounded by protected green space, Blackburn Hamlet is only a quick commute to all the urban amenities of the City of Ottawa.
  4. Cumberland Village – Cumberland Village is a small community located in the far East end of the City of Ottawa. It offers its residents a small-town feel with the many local businesses and shops, but is conveniently close to the City for day trips and and/or working purposes; and with its close proximity to the Ottawa River, the small village of Cumberland has a beautifully charming, country feel.
  5. Vanier – Vanier is an urban community with a population of just over 16,000. It is located on the East bank of the Rideau River, directly across from Central Ottawa. It’s proximity to downtown means an easy commute for work and/or entertainment. With a relatively small area to high population density, Vanier boasts many apartments, as well as a combination of newer and older homes.
  6. Overbrook – Located in the City’s East end, Overbrook has a population of almost 10,000 people. Close to several highways, it’s an easy commute to get from Overbrook to almost anywhere in the City. And, of course, with St. Laurent Shopping Centre just around the corner from its core, you have everything you need at your convenience.

Ottawa Central

 If you’re one to be in the centre of it all, then Ottawa Centre is your place to be. It is home to Canada’s Parliament Hill, several great museums, countless shopping and restaurant districts, and the renowned Byward Market. Each community provides a different feel, and offers a variety of residential opportunities. Whether you’re a family looking for a detached home, or a young professional looking for a downtown condo, Ottawa Centre has it all! Below are a few of the areas in this part of Ottawa.

  1. Centretown – Centretown offers a variety of residential and commercial properties. Its community is made up of older single-family homes, as well as newer townhomes, apartments, condominiums, and infill developments. And with Bank Street and Elgin Street neighbouring its core, you certainly won’t fall short of any shopping and/or entertainment opportunities.
  2. Glebe – Located just to the South of Ottawa’s downtown, the Glebe has a strong sense of “community” (home to its reliable community centre, and its longstanding community association). The area is mostly populated by families, and many of its neighbourhood services are directed toward youth. Take a stroll down Bank Street, shop locally at its many small shops, and grab a bite to eat at some of its several memorable restaurants. Located next to TD Place, enjoy cheering on the Ottawa Redblacks, the Ottawa 67s, or the Ottawa Fury at their many games throughout the season.
  3. Sandy Hill – with a mix of demographic, and located just East of downtown, Sandy Hill is home to The University of Ottawa and several world embassies. With a population of about 12,000 people, this Ottawa community has a balanced combination of both student housing and high-end living, only blocks apart. Take a stroll in Strathcona Park and enjoy the beauty that is Sandy Hill.
  4. Byward Market – The Byward Market is part of Lowertown, one of the liveliest neighbourhoods in the City of Ottawa. With a mix of residential and commercial spaces, everything is conveniently in close proximity to one another. The Market itself features a farmer’s market, several small shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and some of Ottawa’s premier bars. An exciting place to live, there is always something going on in the Byward Market!
  5. Westboro – Westboro is one of Ottawa’s trendiest neighbourhoods. A highly sought-after community to live it, it features great shopping and a multitude of enjoyable restaurants. With a variety of older homes and newer condos, Westboro has something for everyone. Don’t forget to enjoy a nice summer day down at Westboro Beach!
  6. Hintonburg – Hintonburg is an up-and-coming neighbourhood located just west of the downtown core. It is predominantly residential but features a convenient commercial strip. Culture plays a big part in this community with the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society and the Great Canadian Theatre Company calling it home. The Parkdale Farmers Market, one of Ottawa’s largest farmer’s markets, is also located here – check it out this summer!
  7. Old Ottawa South - a historic and vibrant neighbourhood situated just south of downtown Ottawa, it's a diverse and well-established community known for its tree-lined streets, historic architecture, and lively atmosphere. Bordered by the Rideau Canal to the north, the Rideau River to the east, Carleton University to the south, and the Rideau River and Rideau Gardens to the west. Its proximity to the downtown core and several key institutions makes it desirable. The architecture varies from Victorian-style homes to more modern designs offering a mix of housing options, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartment buildings. Old Ottawa South is centred around Bank Street, where you'll find a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, and boutiques.

Ottawa West

With a combination of suburban and rural communities, Ottawa West is a popular neighbourhood to reside in. Key attractions include (but are not limited to) the Canadian Tire Centre (home of the Ottawa Senators), Bayshore Shopping Centre, Tanger Outlets, Algonquin College, and Centrepointe Theatre. Below are a few of the areas in this part of Ottawa.

  1. Kanata – Located just West of the City of Ottawa, and with a population of over 100,000 residents, Kanata is one of Ottawa’s largest suburbs, offering far more than just homes. In fact, Kanata is home to Ottawa’s largest high-tech district, as well as a multitude of shopping and entertainment amenities such as the Canadian Tire Centre (home of the Ottawa Senators), Tanger Outlets, and the Kanata Centrum, to name a few. The area is also filled with plenty of schools, parks, and recreation facilities making it a great place to live for any family!
  2. Parkwood Hills/Borden Farm – Located adjacent to the Merivale Road shopping area, this neighbourhood is within close proximity to many convenient amenities as well as several parks, playgrounds and schools. There’s even an outdoor, City-run swimming pool and tennis court nearby at the General Burns Community Centre. This area features mostly single-family homes, however, there are also certain subsections that provide an option for apartments and/or townhomes.
  3. Hog’s Back/ Mooney’s Bay/Prince of Wales – With its close proximity to the water, and its many recreational facilities, these three neighbourhoods have a lot to offer. Visit Hog’s Back Falls or check out the bustling beauty of Mooney’s Bay Beach. These areas are not far from several shops and other amenities, and is an easy commute to downtown, and Carleton University.
  4. Centrepointe/College – This area was the centre of the former City of Nepean, and features many great amenities. Home to Algonquin College and Centrepointe Theatre, along with several convenient shopping districts like College Square, this area features plenty of schools, recreation facilities, and parks for the whole family to enjoy.
  5. Nepean – Nepean is made up of multiple communities that were formerly part of the City of Nepean. Bells Corners, Craig Henry, Centrepointe, and College Square are amongst some of the most popular. Bordered by the City’s Greenbelt, this popular neighbourhood is home to Algonquin College, Centrepointe Theatre, the Nepean Sportsplex, Bayshore Shopping Centre, as well as many other great stores and restaurants.
  6. Stittsville – Stittsville is a small suburban community with a population of just over 25,000 people, located in the South West end of the City. With its extensive growth in recent years, Stittsville combines both older and newer construction homes, has many parks, recreation facilities and schools, and is an overall great community for families of any size. Looking at retirement soon? Stittsville also offers great services for seniors and retirees.
  7. Richmond – A small village of less than 5,000 people, located on the South Western City limits, Richmond features many small stores and restaurants, and is sometimes seen as a great bedroom community for the City of Ottawa – it has a small-town charm, but you are only minutes from the big City!
  8. Carp – Carp is a compact rural community located on the Carp River, North West of the City of Ottawa. This community has seen extensive growth in recent years, as it now combines new construction with historic older homes. Carp hosts countless tourists throughout the year, as visitors take in one of its main attractions: the Diefenbunker – Canada’s Cold War Museum; a former underground, top-secret bunker that was originally built to house members of the Canadian Government in the case of a nuclear attack. Something educational for the whole family. And if museums aren’t at the top of your “to do” list, Carp is also home to such family-friendly activities such as the famous Carp Farmers Market and the Carp Fair.

Ottawa South

The South End area of Ottawa features many great rural and suburban communities and villages. With an emphasis on parks and greenspaces throughout, these communities provide lots of outdoor opportunities but are close enough to the city’s urban centres to provide the best of both worlds. The Ottawa Airport, the Ottawa General Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario are only a few examples of what’s located within this neighbourhood, along with some great shopping and entertainment opportunities as well. Below are a few of the areas in this part of Ottawa.

  1. Alta Vista – Alta Vista is primarily a residential community in the South of Ottawa. It boasts many schools, several churches, and plenty of community centres, green spaces and parks. Home to two large Ottawa hospitals, the Ottawa General Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Alta Vista neighbourhood is also within close proximity to two well-known shopping malls: Billing Bridge Plaza and Elmvale Shopping Centre.
  2. Hunt Club – Named after a prestigious Golf Club, Hunt Club features several parks and greenspace. Its demographic is widely mixed with single-home dwellings, semi-detached and townhouse units, apartments, retirement homes, and condominiums. It’s close to the Ottawa Airport, and has many shopping and restaurants located on Hunt Club Road for the whole family to choose from and enjoy.
  3. South Keys – Centred around the South Keys Shopping Centre, South Keys was voted one of the 20 best neighbourhoods for first-time homebuyers in 2012 by Ottawa Magazine. With Bank Street, the Airport Parkway, and the Transitway all passing through this South end community, it’s an easy commute to get downtown, regardless of which route you decide to take.
  4. Riverside South – Riverside South is a relatively new, small suburban community located to the South of the City of Ottawa. It is within close proximity to the Ottawa Airport and, as of recently, is connected to the much larger community of Barrhaven by way of the Vimy Memorial Bridge, providing a wide range of many great amenities.
  5. Findlay Creek – Located in the South End of Ottawa, Findlay Creek is a small but growing suburban neighbourhood with a population of around 5,000 people. It features a variety of single and semi-detached homes, townhomes, and condominiums – something for everyone.
  6. Greely – Greely is a rural community that is quickly growing in the former Township of Osgoode, in fact, it just so happens to be the largest rural village in the city! It is home to many tight-knit, unique communities, with many homes sitting on large ½ to 2-acre properties.
  7. Manotick – A small, picturesque community in the South end of the city, Manotick is rich in history and has a strong sense of community. Check out Dickinson Days in the summer, and take a stroll down in the city centre to check out all the amazing shops and restaurants this neighbourhood has to offer.
  8. Barrhaven – With a population of close to 100,000 people, Barrhaven is a large suburban community located to the South West of the city on the outside of the Greenbelt. Boasting many schools, parks, and recreation facilities, Barrhaven has several community associations that put on many great events throughout the year, including Canada Day Celebrations and Oktoberfest. Shopping and restaurants are abundant so there is always something to do!
  9. North Gower - Surrounded by farmland and green spaces, making it a peaceful and picturesque area to live in. The community is characterized by its friendly atmosphere and a strong sense of community involvement. Quick and easy commute to all parts of Ottawa.

Ottawa South East

Ottawa’s South end features many great rural communities and villages. With an emphasis on country living, farming and greenspace throughout, these neighbourhoods provide a multitude of outdoor opportunities for its residents and visitors alike and, being so close to the City’s amenities, the South end of Ottawa offers the best of both worlds. Below are a few of the areas in this part of Ottawa.

  1. Russell – Still located within the National capital region, Russell is a municipal township located South-East of Ottawa. With a population of 16,520 people (according to the 2016 census) its primary communities are Embrun and Russell, with Russell having many smaller communities such as Felton, Forget, Marionville, North Russell and Pana, all boasting that small-town feel and adding a little warmth to its community.
  2. Osgoode/Metcalfe – The villages of Osgoode and Metcalfe, offer the best of both worlds with rural country charm and big city amenities. And with the Rideau River just 2 short kilometres away to the west, there are lots of opportunities for summer fun for the whole family. Programs cover all ages- junior kindergarten through high school, with classes offered in both French and English
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