Nepean is a region within Ottawa west that was it’s own, independent municipality prior to amalgamation in 2001. It is located just 15 minutes outside of Ottawa’s primary downtown core. While the region’s borders are debated, it is loosely located east of Hwy 416, south of HWy 417, west of Prince of Whales Drive, and north of Fallowfield Road. Nepean used to also include parts of Bells Corners and Barrhaven, but both of those regions are regarded as their own communities today even though they technically would have fallen under Nepean.
Comprising of a large portion of Ottawa’s west end, the region is home to several unique suburbs and many different types of homes, people, and businesses. It is also the home of Ottawa’s largest college, Algonquin College, which attracts thousands of students to Ottawa each year and employs hundreds of staff.
Depending on where you live in the region, the demographic of neighbours might range. Because of the influx of seasonal students attending Algonquin College and nearby Carleton University, some regions close to the school often have student houses where students live mainly between September and May. Other regions are more family-focused, comprising of lots of residential schools, day care centres, parks, and recreational facilities. Many retirees also choose Nepean for it’s proximity to the city and it’s quiet, manicured streets surrounded by mature greenery. An experienced realtor with area knowledge will be able to offer you a great idea of what the neighbours are like in your area.
With so many neighbourhoods within the region spanning a good portion of Ottawa west, you can expect many different types of home construction. Single family homes built between 1940-1990 make up the bulk of homes in the area, but town homes, apartment condos, and semi-detached homes also dot the area. You’re likely to see lots of single family mid-century bungalows as well as some two-storey homes in the classic, suburban, mid-century style on good sized lots. You’ll find the area’s newest homes, built primarily in the 1990’s, in the Centrepointe neighbourhood, which houses Nepean’s City Hall (Ben Franklin Place).
Because of the area’s geographical location, new home construction is uncommon as there simply isn’t space to build new communities. Some people demolish existing homes in favour of building a new home in it’s place, these are referred to as in-fills homes. Most people lean in favour of remodeling and upgrading existing homes.
With the area previously being an independent city, amenities can be found around every corner. Merivale Road is the main proprietor of business in the area and is home to several big box stores, plaza malls, restaurants, fitness clubs, and much more. With easy access to both HWY 416 and HWY 417, easy access to transit, future LRT, and bike paths, Nepean also makes for an ideal commuting region.
Typical Nepean Homes:
What We Like About Nepean
Nepean is truly a unique region within Ottawa that still carries the strong, individual identity it had when it was an independent city. Between it’s convenient location, mature neighbourhoods, and endless amenities, there isn’t much we don’t love about it!
The great thing about this area is that it can easily accommodate so many different preferences for homes and lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a large home for a growing family, or you want to downsize into a bungalow or condo, there is something for everyone.
The greenery in this area and the charm of it’s older, established neighbourhoods is another thing we adore. There are parks just about everywhere and most streets have gorgeous, mature trees that you just can’t get in a new construction neighbourhood.
This is an Ottawa suburb with plenty of room to grow for generations, and it’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to the real estate market. Proximity to downtown, amenities, and transit ensure that this is a region that will stay at the forefront of desirable neighbourhoods in Ottawa for years to come.
Schools in Nepean
- St. Pius X High School
- Sir Robert Borden High School
- Merivale High School
- St. Gregory School
- Meadowlands Public School
- Sir Winston Churchill Public School
- Frank Ryan Catholic School
- Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
- Pinecrest Public School
- Manordale Public School
- And many more… See individual school board locator tools for details.
Recreation in Nepean
- Pinecrest Recreational Complex: amenities include a five lane pool with sauna, the Barbara Anne Scott Arena (ice rink), weight and cardio rooms, meeting rooms and a hall.
- Nepean Sportsplex: Olympic sized swimming pool with diving boards, skating rinks, weight room, squash courts, event spaces, baseball diamond, football field, and more.
- Wesley Clover Parks: Horse back riding, camps, camping, winter activities, seasonal activities/attractions, and more!
Homes for Sale in Nepean
If you are considering finding a home in the area or otherwise investing in Ottawa real estate, contact the Christine Hauschild Real Estate Team. Christine Hauschild and her associates are highly skilled in property evaluations, marketing, and provide their clients with superb negotiating skills along with their extensive knowledge of the Ottawa real estate market. You will surely benefit from the professional services which they have to offer to meet your lifestyle and budgetary needs.