Ottawa’s Little Italy neighbourhood is located just west of downtown, nestled between the neighbouring communities of Centretown and Hintonburg. The area is bordered on the north by Albert Street, on the east by Bronson Avenue, on the west by the O-Train tracks, and on the south by Carling Avenue. The primary business district in Little Italy is along Preston Street, which runs north-south between Carling and Albert and intersects with Chinatown’s business district at Somerset Street.
Little Italy has been growing in popularity due to its convenient location near downtown and its selection of unique properties, including single family homes, row units, and investment properties. As more home buyers move to the neighbourhood, Little Italy has also seen significant condo growth in recent years. New condominium towers are currently in development in the area, and will provide residents with access to plenty of nearby amenities as well as several public transit options, including both bus and light rail routes.
The neighbourhood was settled by Italian immigrants around the turn of the twentieth century, which provided the foundation for Ottawa’s Little Italy community to grow and develop over the years. The area’s rich history is present throughout the neighbourhood, particularly along the Preston Street business district. Preston Street, also known as Corso Italia, can be found at the centre of the community, offering a wide array of shops, grocers, bakeries, restaurants, pubs, and more.
In addition to offering a variety of independent businesses and convenient transit options, Little Italy is also surrounded by some of the most scenic settings in Ottawa. The Ottawa River can be found just to the north, offering residents the opportunity to walk or cycle along the Ottawa River Pathway as an alternative workday commute. Commissioner’s Park and Dow’s Lake, the sites of regular events like Tulipfest and Victoria Day Fireworks, are also just a short walk away.
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