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Living in Rockcliffe Park
Rockcliffe Park is an area in the northeast area of Ottawa, on the southern banks of the Ottawa River. The village of fewer than 2,000 people is characterized by its park-like setting, with varied topography—narrow curving roads, many trees, generous lots and gardens, and houses set unobtrusively within a visually continuous, rich green landscape. It is relatively inaccessible to through traffic. The neighbourhood is one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Ottawa and is home to many ambassadors and their families.
Nearly 100& of homes in this area are detached, with house prices ranging from $650,000 to over $3 million. The benchmark price for a single-family home in Rockcliffe Park was $1,516,300 in August 2017, compared to $398,400 for the city of Ottawa as a whole.
The entire village is considered a Heritage Conservation District, causing some property owners to raise concerns that market values will be negatively affected since a heritage permit is now required prior to undertaking the alteration or demolition of a property.
The community is home to one public elementary school, Rockcliffe Park Public School (RPPS), and two private schools, Elmwood School and Ashbury College.
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Rockcliffe Jobs and Employment
Rockcliffe is home to many ambassadors and high-ranking government officials. The average salary in Rockcliffe Park is $119,377, whereas the average salary in Ottawa is $53,250.
Is Rockcliffe A Safe Neighbourhood?
Despite its close proximity to downtown Ottawa, the community’s affluence lends itself to a safe and secure place to live. The region is home to many embassies and consulates, as well as many governmental figures, such as the Prime Minister of Canada and the Governor General.
To the north, on the cliffs of the Ottawa River, you can find Rockcliffe Park—a public green space that is maintained by the National Capital Commission. It is accessible via a branch of the Rockcliffe Parkway and has many lawns, wooded areas, parks, and lookouts. In the winter, visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing and tobogganing.
Within Rockcliffe, you will find baseball diamonds, sports fields, a tennis court, outdoor rinks, a basketball court, an outdoor wading pool, play structures, and a splash pad. The beautiful McKay Lake and Pond is part of the neighbourhood and public swimming is encouraged in the pond.
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