Apartment hunting

2007-07-12

in Canada, Daily updates, Ottawa

Having arrived safely in Ottawa, the first order of business is finding somewhere to live. A family friend has kindly given me a bit of an introduction to the city. On the basis of what I saw and where I will be working, Sandy Hill and Centretown are the bits of the city I plan to focus on.

Since I am only definitely going to be here for one year, I am looking for a furnished single bedroom apartment. Hopefully, some promising leads will develop before I start work on Monday. Being near interesting places is a big advantage; being near the buses I will need to use to cross this frozen city in the winter is essential.

[Update: 14 July 2007] As might have been expected for a task where I need to coordinate information, the apartment search is now on the wiki.

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Anon July 12, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Craigslist has lots of possibilities. What is your price range?

Milan July 12, 2007 at 8:27 pm

I am looking for a furnished one bedroom apartment for about $1000, including utilities and high speed internet.

This map is centred on where I will be working.

Milan July 12, 2007 at 8:29 pm

The poor lighting employed in Craigslist photos of apartments makes them look a lot shoddier than they probably are in reality.

Anon July 12, 2007 at 8:30 pm

One to look at

$730 / 1br – Bright, centrally located unit (furnished or not)

Milan July 12, 2007 at 8:33 pm

Sandy Hill is the most appealing looking area, right now. I like how close it is to the University of Ottawa and how nice it looks generally.

I do want somewhere that is available as of August 1st, if not earlier.

Milan July 12, 2007 at 8:35 pm
tristan July 12, 2007 at 11:40 pm

The wasteland! live in the wasteland! You can set up a tent!

R.K. July 13, 2007 at 7:20 am

If you are taking a one year lease, you should take your time in choosing a place. You don’t want to get stuck somewhere unpleasant.

August 1st would probably be the natural date to move in, anyhow.

Milan July 13, 2007 at 7:39 am

Here are a bunch of unfurnished but reasonably priced places in Sandy Hill.

I am pretty convinced, however, that furnished is the way to go. I don’t want to have to buy furniture and lug it to an apartment when I may only spend a year there.

Milan July 13, 2007 at 9:35 am

Lots of possibilities
Located through the U of Ottawa housing search

92 Blackburn Ave
* 2 Bedroom
* No laundry
* $625

152 Gloucester street
* Bachelor
* Hydro extra
* Laundry included
* $585

508 Besserer St
* 1 Bedroom
* Hydro extra
* No laundry
* $625

404 Daly
* Heat, hydro, laundry included
* Bachelor
* $650

173 Daly Ave
* 1 bedroom
* No hydro, no laundry
* $735

55 Sweetland
* Bachelor
* No laundry, no hydro
* $650

260 clarence
* 1 bedroom
* Hydro and laundry included
* On the 2nd floor
* Has a yard
* $650

205 Cathcart St
* 1 bedroom
* Balconies
* No laundry, no hydro
* $735

49 Stewart St
* 1 bedroom
* Hydro included, no laundry
* $750

362 FrielSt – 1
* Bachelor w/ sep. kitchen
* Laundry, but no hydro
* $765

67 Daly apt 3
* 2 bedroom
* Furnished
* Laundry, but no hydro
* On 3rd floor
* $800

210 Chapel St.
* 1 bedroom
* Laundry, but no hydro
* $800

160 Chapel Street
* Bachelor in highrise
* Laundry and air conditioning, no hydro
* $870

Ashley July 13, 2007 at 9:39 am

At 404 Daly you can walk across the street and use my basement laundry facilities. Where’s my message that you are in town? What are you doing ce soir? First rule of Ottawa: Use your networks.

Ashley July 13, 2007 at 9:46 am

Call me at 613-261-7713

Milan July 13, 2007 at 9:52 am

362 Friel St-11
* 1 bedroom
* Furniture available extra
* Laundry, no hydro
* No pets, no smoking
* Highrise
* $911

Milan July 13, 2007 at 10:16 am

A few from newspaper classifieds

Furnished apartment in Byward
* 1 bedroom
* 5 appliances
613-286-4578

Waverley Street
613-233-5404

Glebe near Canal
* $850 inclusive
* 1 bedroom
* 613-265-1644

Metcalfe and Lisgar
* 238-1616
* Hotel apartments
* No leases

Milan July 14, 2007 at 10:46 am

Some more detail on the Waverley St place

100 Waverley Street
* Includes heat, water, electricity
* 30 unit building from mid-60s
* Third floor, looking west
* On-site laundry
* 613-232-0840
* $790

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