What makes an apartment building one of the best in the city? Well, that depends on what’s most important to you. Location? Walkability? Amenities? Friendly staff? Utilities included in the rent?

Or maybe it’s luxurious finishes like hardwood flooring and granite countertops, or in-suite laundry. Perhaps a stunning view of the Ottawa River or cityscape, or a thriving nightlife? Being close to nature trails and bike pathways?

Whatever is most important to you, one of the stand-out buildings below should fit the bill. If you’re interested, you can check out more details on apartments for rent in these buildings here!

1. LIV Apartments, 207 Bell St North

LIV Apartments, 207 Bell St North, Suite Living Room

  • A completely renovated building located in the up and coming Centretown West neighbourhood
  • Little Italy, Chinatown, The Glebe, and Lansdowne are just a few blocks away
  • On-site fitness and yoga studio, rooftop patio overlooking downtown Ottawa, bike rentals, pet spa
  • Furnished suites available

2. 341 MacLaren Executive Apartments

341 MacLaren Executive Apartments, Bachelors floor plan

  • Downtown Ottawa; walking distance to Bank Street, Elgin Street, and anywhere in the city core
  • Rideau Canal, ByWard Market (the hub of Ottawa’s nightlife) and Parliament Hill nearby
  • Upgraded units
  • On-site fitness room, theatre, and games room
  • Heat, water, A/C and hydro included in the rent

3. William’s Court, Kanata

William’s Court, Kanata, Living Room Suite

  • Employees of Silicon Valley North (the high-tech park in Ottawa West), seniors, and professionals seeking a luxury apartment suite in the suburbs enjoy this 5-building complex
  • Amenities include an indoor salt water pool, a fitness studio with trainers, a clubhouse, and a courtyard with a communal BBQ area
  • Nature paths and a pond nearby, as well as an outdoor fitness circuit

4. 236 Richmond

236 Richmond Road, Living Room

  • New build in 2017, in trendy Westboro Village
  • Spacious suites with open concept design and luxurious finishes including quartz countertops
  • In-suite laundry, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and underground parking

5. The Carlisle, 221 Lyon St North

  • Recently renovated, bright suites in the heart of downtown
  • Walk to the best restaurants, cafés, pubs, and boutique shops that Ottawa has to offer
  • 24-hour concierge service, coffee and tea service, and drop off dry cleaning

6. Laurier Tower, 50 Laurier Ave East

Laurier Tower, 50 Laurier Ave East, Living Room

  • Downtown Ottawa location
  • 24/7 on-site security, social/media room, Vrtucar on-site
  • Indoor saltwater pool, dry sauna, and steam room
  • Heat included in the rent


7. The Adelaide, 17 Aberdeen St

The Adelaide, 17 Aberdeen St, Living Room

  • In the Preston Square complex, the centre of Little Italy, near beautiful Dow’s Lake
  • Walk to the many pubs, bakeries, and cafés in vibrant Little Italy and Chinatown
  • Enjoy Ottawa’s festivals and outdoor concerts, and walking and cycling next to the Rideau Canal

8. The Balmoral, 99 Range Road

The Balmoral, 99 Range Road, Living Room

  • New building, located in Ottawa’s historic Sandy Hill neighbourhood downtown
  • Luxury condo-style property, beside the Rideau River
  • Indoor swimming pool, steam room, social lounge, theatre, business centre, and billiards room

9. 460 St-Laurent

460 St-Laurent, Brigil, Living Room

  • Located in Ottawa East, with a short drive or bus ride to downtown
  • “Boutique hotel-style living” includes concierge services, gym, restaurant, pool and spa, panoramic lounge, movie theatre, and rooftop terrace
  • All-inclusive (heat, A/C, hydro, water, cable and telephone, high speed Internet)

Not all the best apartments for rent in Ottawa are in brand new buildings, or located downtown, as you can see with our final pick:

10. Crystal Beach Apartments

Crystal Beach Apartments, Living Room

  • This community in Ottawa’s west end is in a quiet neighbourhood near Andrew Haydon Park and Britannia Beach
  • Both townhomes and apartments are available, some renovated
  • Dozens of residents have praised the helpful staff and cleanliness of the property in online reviews

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