I take a lot of my buyers to check out Stittsville listings because – and I’m not exaggerating – there really is something for everyone.
Stittsville has been around for a long time: as such there is a healthy mix of older homes and new builds. This neighbourhood has undergone a lot of recent development while still trying to preserve its small-town feel, making it perfect for homeowners looking for something turnkey, modern, and charming.
There’s also every kind of home available: townhomes, stacked condos, and single family homes.
This is a great selling feature for homeowners who will need to change homes as their family grows or their lifestyle changes, but don’t want to uproot their lives. I can show them a lovely townhome for a start, and 10 years later a great single family home in the same neighbourhood.
If you’re a first-time home buyer with a fairly strict budget, Stittsville isn’t my first choice for you. This market needs some flexibility, and can be a challenge since it’s one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the city.
But if you’ve got that flexibility and are looking for a great place to call home, Stittsville is it. Everyone there loves the proximity to the rest of the city and the suburban structure.
Stittsville is home to multiple schools. While most of them are for elementary-age students, there are 2 secondary schools in the immediate area, and more only a few kilometres away.
St. Stephen Catholic Elementary School
Stittsville Public School
École élémentaire catholique Jean-Paul II
Holy Spirit Elementary School
A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School
Guardian Angels Elementary School
Westwind Public School
Frederick Banting Alternative High School
Sacred Heart High School
While homes and schools are in plentiful supply, natural habitats are not as common as community development has progressed. Luckily, a Sustainable Stittsville initiative by environmental planners aims to increase green space that will be good for the local habitat and for the people who live there.
That doesn’t mean that it’s a concrete jungle: there are great parks to enjoy that are child and pet-friendly.
Village Square Park
Alexander Grove Park
Stittsville Dog Park
Ralph Street Park
Coyote Run Park
Bryanston Gate Park
Mary Durling Park
Paul Lindsay Park
Pioneer Plains Park
Trustee M. Curry Park
I’m talking about all the things that make Stittsville great: but there is a downside. You really need a car to live there conveniently. On a good traffic day, it can take approximately 30 minutes to reach downtown Ottawa from downtown Stittsville.
The OC Transpo lines 61 and 62 can get you from Stittsville to downtown, but on average this trip takes about 1 hour. If you’re travelling during rush hour, this can be longer.
If you don’t mind commuting, you could make this work – but if you don’t work close to Stittsville, or don’t want to spend all that time on the road, I wouldn’t recommend looking in this neighbourhood.
Stittsville is a community that is full of local pride, and there are a lot of events that attract people from all over the city. StittsvilleCentral.ca is a great site to see all the latest news and events in the Stittsville area. If you keep an eye on this website, you won’t miss a thing.
In the meantime, here are some fun things to do all year round.
This establishment opened in 2005, and is a hotspot on the weekends for residents, treasure hunters, and more.
This is a fun AND educational spot in Stittsville. This museum focuses on Ottawa’s oldest military settlement and the life of pioneers in the former Goulbourn Township. It also plays host to a variety of events throughout the year.
Stittsville is incredibly close to the Canadian Tire Centre, where the Ottawa Senators play and most concerts are held.
Stittsville is predominantly suburban, so most amenities are a short drive away: but you can easily find the following amenities:
It’s easy to run all your day-to-day errands on Stittsville’s main street.
Stittsville Main Street and surrounding area is full of restaurants I dare you not to love. If you’ve got friends over, you’re guaranteed to find something they’ll like.
The following is just a taste of what’s available!
Self-described as a crazy little Italian eatery, the menu is stuffed full of classic dishes. While the space is small, it’s atmospheric, warm and friendly – perfect for everything from a date to friends getting together.
This family-run Italian eatery has been in business since 1993, and specializes in authentic cuisine, including homemade pasta and fresh veal. The setting is described as upscale casual and the price point is mid-range, so it’s a good choice for a variety of events.
This is a newer restaurant, but it took Ottawa by storm! Named to Canada’s hottest new restaurants list in 2015, this establishment specializes in dishes with Canadian roots and Asian and European influences. The dishes are designed to be shared, perfect for people who always want to try a little of everything!
Since 1988, The Glen has been delighting residents with their traditional fare – they’re most famous for Uncle John’s famous fish and chips! Their menu features haggis, steak and ale pie, and other tasty dishes from across the ocean. Out of this establishment’s many reviews, a theme emerges: courteous staff, friendly atmosphere, and amazing fish and chips.
This restaurant opened in 2017, but already people are in love. The food is rustic and expertly presented. The space and the food were created to be approachable and fun: a place where locals could always get a good meal.
This Asian cuisine bistro is contemporary in food and style, and caters to a wide variety of palates and diets. The restaurant is small – only 36 seats – but boosts a robust Thai, Chinese and sushi menu. Everything is prepared fresh and authentically. If you don’t feel like dining in, they also offer takeout!
It’s a lot to think about when shopping for a new neighbourhood – but that’s what I’m here for. If I didn’t answer your question in this guide – or gave you even more questions – get in touch with me! I’ve helped many homeowners find their dream home in Stittsville. I hope to do the same for you.
Josh has over 10 years of selling experience in the Ottawa area, consistently exceeding clients’ expectations when he sells their home. He’s sold every kind of home in every part of the city, giving him an excellent understanding of how to market a home to the perfect buyer. Learn more about Josh.