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Welcome to Barrhaven

Looking to find out more about Barrhaven real estate and community? Known as “The Haven” by residents, Barrhaven is a family-friendly area, close to great schools and with all the amenities of a big city nearby, we know you’ll love living in Barrhaven. Get more information in our neighbourhood guide here.

Affectionately called “The Haven” by residents, Barrhaven is a family focused, self-contained Ottawa neighbourhood that certainly lives up to its nickname. Everything is close at hand giving this area the feel of a small town with all the amenities of a big city nearby.

From its excellent schools, the numerous things to do in Barrhaven, and dedicated green spaces, to its ample choices for dining and shopping – it comes as no surprise that Barrhaven real estate is thriving and in high demand.

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Many highly rated educational institutions are located in Barrhaven, making it an exceptional choice for families with children. There are numerous daycares and Montessori-based learning facilities for early age development. School-age children have public, catholic, and private schooling options in both English and French. Simply click on the School Board to find out what schools are available according to your potential address.

Barrhaven real estate is home to a wide variety of recreational options for the entire family. From organized events such as tree planting, fundraisers, fireworks, parades, and festivals to sports clubs and a golf course. There are many active community associations and recreational facilities to choose from such as the Walter Baker Sports Centre and Minto Recreational Complex.

In addition, there is a public library, numerous playgrounds, splash pads, and parks and beautiful trails along the Rideau river for biking and walking. A seven theatre Cineplex, brand new Movati gym and other options including martial arts studios, yoga centre, fitness centres, and so much more.

From big box retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, Indigo Books, Home Depot, Winners, Loblaws and Costco to a multitude of grocery stores and smaller speciality boutiques, Barrhaven has everything for your home and personal shopping needs. Other services include veterinary clinics, medical and dental facilities, spas, car dealerships, etc.

In addition, you can find dining options from fast food to family restaurants and coffee shops as well as an assortment of pubs, some of which feature live music.

Once a small neighbourhood inside Nepean, Barrhaven has expanded to over 85,000 residents and with new developments, the population is steadily increasing. Living in Barrhaven, your new neighbours will be mostly families, along with a smaller proportion of single professionals, empty nesters, and retirees.

Although Barrhaven real estate is mainly family oriented, there are housing options including terrace homes, condos, townhouses, single-detached homes, and high-end executive homes.

Location and Transportation

Located on the south side of Ottawa, Barrhaven is surrounded by the Greenbelt to the north, the Rideau River to the east, Jock River to the south, and highway 416 to the west. It is 17km south-west of downtown and a short drive to Ottawa International Airport.

Barrhaven is home to one of Ottawa’s two railway stations and offers convenient public transportation to anywhere in the city.

See the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study for Barrhaven here.