Rentals are rare in this tiny, tight-knit community
Crystal Beach is a quiet neighbourhood nestled by the Ottawa River, in Ottawa's west end. Its proximity to Andrew Haydon Park and the Dick Bell Sailing Club make it a very desirable place to live, especially for those keen on outdoor recreation. Although it's located in the city, the area has a small-town feel, and it's the norm rather than the exception for residents to know all of their neighbours in this close-knit community.
Various options are available for renters, from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in low-rise buildings, to 3 bedroom townhouses. Some of the charming bungalows built in Crystal Beach in the 1960's are also able to be rented out, with the most common option for those being a basement apartment, or rental of the main floor. Finding rental properties in Crystal Beach can be a little difficult during the summer season, as the residential area doesn’t commonly show rental listings due to the tight knit community.
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Andrew Haydon Park is a beautiful park off Carling Avenue at Holly Acres, a great place to enjoy viewing sailboats and stunning sunsets set against the backdrop of the Gatineau Hills. The park has meandering pathways, a picnic area, children's play structures, and a bandshell for outdoor concerts. The only drawback is the large groups of geese that like to hang out in the park, although birdwatchers can also observe dozens of other species as well.
Just up Carling from Andrew Haydon is Dick Bell Park, home to the Nepean Sailing Club. This club has dock space for over 400 boats, and a restaurant open to the public with a patio overlooking the harbour. Regattas drawing sailors from all over the world, and sailing classes for children, adults and those with special needs, make this a very popular spot. The park is reportedly also a hotbed for Pokémon catchers- just be sure to park only in designated areas!
Many young families call Crystal Beach home, with a selection of good schools close by. This neighbourhood also has a high population of seniors, some of whom are original residents.
As for retail nearby, there's Bayshore Shopping Centre, one of Ottawa's largest shopping malls, and the commercial area in neighbouring Bells Corners.
A key landmark in Crystal Beach is Maki Park on Leeming Drive, which includes a community centre, a playground, soccer and baseball fields, and a boarded ice hockey rink in winter. For tennis enthusiasts, the Crystal Beach Tennis Club on Corkstown Road is well-known for its instructional programs.
The Kanata high-tech sector, the Carling Campus of the Department of National Defence (DND), and the Queensway Carleton Hospital are each just a five minute drive away. Downtown Ottawa is 15 minutes east of Crystal Beach. There is also a bicycle trail leading to downtown, and many cycling trails and walking paths along the Ottawa River.