Over the past several months, my Featured Ottawa Neighbourhood Series has focused on a specific area on the south bank of the Ottawa River running along Richmond Road and Wellington Street West. Wellington Village is bordered to the west by Island Park Drive, to the East by Holland Avenue, and to the North by the Queensway. There is often confusion between the neighbourhoods of Westboro, Wellington Village, and Hintonburg. This week’s blog will focus on the neighbourhood of Wellington Village, a community that also experiencing a major boom due to Ottawa’s intensification plan.
Wellington Village is unique from its nearest neighbours Westboro and Hintonburg for a simple reason; it was a late bloomer.
According to a blog on the Kitchissippi Museum Web site, Wellington Village started out as “Lot 34” of “Concession 1″of Nepean Township which was purchased by the Stewart family in 1831. The Stewart family essential operated a farm (and a rifle range in the 1860’s) until they sold the land to the Ottawa Land Association in 1893 (the same year that Hintonburg separated from the township of Nepean). The Ottawa Land Association then held the land for many years during which time Wellington Village did not grow very quickly – hence the late blooming.
Like Westboro, Wellington Village is an ideal community for young professionals – but according to statistics – is also home to those with fairly high incomes. The majority of the population is in the age range of 20-54, with a household income of 60k-200k. You can see demographic differences reflected in the large quantity of affordable high density condominiums starting at $229,900 for young professionals vs. the more expensive single homes. Like the other neighbourhoods, Wellington Village is also undertaking redevelopment including new condominiums and infills which are slowly modernizing the community and attracting new businesses.
Options for services and entertainment in Wellington Village include but are not limited to:
Finally, just like Westboro and Hintonburg, Wellington Village is very close to the Ottawa River bike paths, public transit is at your doorstep, and downtown is only minutes away. I’d be happy to show you around! Contact me anytime for more information.