Posted August 26, 2014 | by Primecorp Staff
Primecorp Property Management is pleased to offer downtown apartment rentals in Lowertown, close to the centre of it all!
Lowertown in the Heart of Ottawa
Lowertown (French: la Basse-Ville) is bound by Rideau Street to the South, Sussex Drive to the North, the Rideau Canal to the West, and the Rideau River in the East, which combined with its current diverse population makes it one of Ottawa’s most interesting and oldest neighbourhoods. The Byward Market makes up a majority of the South-Western portion and the North-Eastern portion is mostly residential.
Lowertown in Ottawa
Historical Roots and Diversity of Lowertown
Lowertown was historically French Canadian and Irish and is to this day home to many Francophone families, businesses and institutions. The total population according to the Canada 2011 Census is 12,274. The City of Ottawa website states that there are roughly 4,180 native English-speakers in Lowertown, 3,530 Francophones, and 2,235 with other mother tongues. The main stretch along Rideau Street is very diverse and includes many African, Asian, South Asian, Caribbean, and Lebanese businesses, a large grocery store, the Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, and an Orthodox Jewish synagogue.
Today’s Lowertown is Open for Business
Prior to the opening of the Rideau Centre in the early 1980s, Rideau Street west of King Edward was the primary shopping area of Ottawa. The Rideau Centre development provided a shopping mall atmosphere and retailers were quick to move inside. As part of the development, Rideau Street was turned into a major busing hub with stations on Rideau Street and upstairs on the Mackenzie King Bridge (at the South end of the Rideau Centre). As part of the City’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) plan, a station is planned for Rideau Street with an entrance near 10 Rideau Street, at the corner of Rideau and Sussex.
Byward Market: The Pulse of Downtown Ottawa
The Byward Market today is a very different place than it used to be, adapting to modern times. When the Rideau Centre was opened in 1982, people flocked to the downtown core to sample this up-scale and popular retail destination and all the vibrant nightlife that can be found in abundance in the Market area. This led to a revival of the Market which has become one of the trendiest places to live, shop, and go out in the National Capital Region. The Byward Market is a thriving portion of Lowertown. The area draws tourists in from all around the world and the Market serves up eateries, shops, and entertainment venues to compliment this international attention.
The Echo is Lowertown’s community newspaper that keeps residents updated on local issues and the Lowertown Community Association meets each month to discuss matters of importance to the community.
Lowertown is the hub of downtown Ottawa and a thriving district of eclectic local shops (Frou Frou and Irving Rivers), delicious and creative eateries (Navarra, with Chef Rene Rodrigues Winner of Top Chef Canada Season 4 and Stella) as well as beautiful, green public spaces (Major’s Hill Park and MacDonald Gardens Park).
Ottawa Apartment Rentals Offered by Primecorp Property Management in Lowertown
120 Wurtemburg Street in Lowertown Ottawa
120 Wurtemburg Street is nestled in the East end of Lowertown, near the Rideau River, and has nice views of the parks, with public transit nearby. Contact our office today to learn more about availabilities and applications for this beautiful building.