by Gale BeebyEditor, HOMES Magazine & Condo Life
Ottawa may well be the ultimate company town, with most employment centered around the government of Canada, be it federal employees or any number of supporting industries from law firms to lobbyists to restaurant and hotel workers. It also has a reputation for being a little, er, straightlaced.But that isn't so true anymore. Residents of Canada's capital no longer have to head across the Ottawa River to Hull, Quebec, in order to find some evening entertainment or fine dining. Ottawa has grown up and is now growing out and is seeing a growth spurt in population and residential developments.
And why, you may wonder, is this interesting? I always want to know what is happening in the real estate market, not only in the GTHA, but also throughout Ontario and Canada. So, when Fresh Towns came to my attention, I couldn't help but be interested.Located in Ottawa's increasingly popular west end neighbourhood of Qualicum, Fresh Towns by Greatwise Developments has sold over 70 per cent of its first phase in less than a month and every indication points to the imminent release of the community's second phase being met with the same enthusiasm.
With a unique urban design and highly desirable features, Fresh Towns offers a stunning contemporary option along with an affordable price point.Greatwise used online surveys from the earliest stages of development to help pinpoint precisely who their buyers are and what they are looking for — the best in modern living with an indoor/outdoor element and lots of opportunity to tailor their homes to suit their individual needs.As a result of this inclusive approach, available models at Fresh Towns include three-storey rooftop towns, which offer residents their own personal sanctuary overlooking this growing neighbourhood. Traditional three-storey towns are also available, and every model in both styles offers a private garage.
Features and finishes throughout are hand picked by Ottawa's West of Main Interior Design. With designer
backsplashes and countertops and engineered hardwood floors, buyers can also custom tailor their living spaces through lifestyle finishes packages.The neighbourhood has everything residents want, especially families and first-time buyers, including proximity to schools, shops, transit, highways and downtown, as well as Morrison Park, Andrew Haydon Park, the Nepean Sailing Club and the Ottawa River, all big draws for those who love the great outdoors. For those looking for a delicious culinary experience, the area boasts numerous restaurants, clubs and pubs. Fresh Towns starts in the low $300,000s for more than a 1,000 square feet, and although the largest units are a spacious 1,663 square feet, prices go up only into the $400,000s. Highly affordable by GTA standards.freshtowns.ca