Richmond, Ontario: Who Wouldn’t Want to Live Here?

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Amy's Blog | 2 comments

 

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In the past few weeks, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Village of Richmond.  I’ve had ties to this community for several years as my family lives just outside.  My kids play sports here, we have close friends that live in the heart of Richmond and we are regulars at the annual Richmond Fair.  But it’s just been recently that I’ve started to see it in a new light.

I must first start with talking about Richmond in general.  It’s a small Ottawa suburb that is located just southwest of Stittsville.  It’s a 10-15 minute drive to Kanata, Stittsville or Barrhaven and an easy 30 minute commute downtown.  Like every other suburb, it’s growing with several new developments.  But it also has several historic buildings and a small village feel.  Richmond is the home of St. Philip’s Catholic Church, which is the oldest church in the Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa.  If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll enjoy the Rideau trail which runs through Richmond.  The trail is used for walking, cycling and skiing.  Both the Catholic and Public School Boards have elementary schools in Richmond.  There is also public High School and a Catholic High School in neighbouring Stittsville.  It really is a self-sustaining community with several shops, grocery store, sports fields, schools, parks and fairly recently, a Tim Horton’s!

But can you say that a group of houses with amenities is really a community?  Or is it more than that?  This is what I’ve found out in the past few weeks.

In July I listed a house on Chanonhouse Drive.  Chanonhouse Dr is a unique street located on the East side of Richmond.  It’s tucked into a well established area of Richmond, right behind South Carleton Secondary School.  But what’s different about this street is that a section of the houses are all very new.  A group of approximately 40 homes that were built in 2009 by Talos Homes.  They are amazingly beautiful homes with spacious lots that give you comfortable room between you and your neighbour!  They are quality built homes on prime real estate.  The perfect marriage for a new home!

I had the pleasure of meeting several neighbours on Chanonhouse Dr on a sunny Friday afternoon in July.  I was going door to door inviting the neighbours to a neighbours open house party that I was hosting.  It was a hot day and I was unsure of how successful my efforts would be as I assumed many residents would be away on vacation given the time of year.  I’m also not a huge fan of going door to door:)  I personally find it very annoying when people bother me during my time at home, so I try to only do this when I have something enticing to offer (like an invite to an exclusive neighbourhood party!).  What happened in the few hours I was out on Chanonhouse Drive was actually quite pleasant.  As  I went door to door,  I met neighbours who invited me to see their back yard gardens that they were so proud of.  I met neighbours who invited me in for a cold drink as they were concerned about me walking around in the heat.  I met neighbours who knew Richmond’s full history and were happy to share it with a stranger.  I was also lucky enough to meet neighbours who told me all about the street and the residents who live there.  The residents are really a cross section of our population.  Some are retried, some are new parents and some are dealing with the fabulous teenage years (always  nice to have some babysitters on your street)!    One neighbour told me that at last count, there’s 54 kids living on the street and two more babies on the way.  Obviously a great place to raise a family.

I think what stands out to me is that every time I drive down the street, I see kids out playing and riding bikes, people gardening and neighbours chatting.  It made me think, who wouldn’t want to live here??

After this pleasant afternoon, I was curious what other residents of Richmond thought of this great community, so I put it out into the world of Facebook and asked some local moms this question: I need to know what you LOVE about living in Richmond. Think about what you would say to someone who is considering moving into this community! These were some of the responses I received:

– Richmond is such a pretty town, so close to nature. It’s a wonderful community for kids to explore and have fun outside. We have friendly, down to earth people who are always willing to help each other out. I cannot imagine raising a family anywhere else:)

– We have lived here for almost 3 years and we love it! It has everything you could want in a small town. Far enough for country living yet close enough to city amenities. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. The schools, parks and events are great!

– I love that if your kid skips school, someone will tell you they saw them;)

– I moved here 14 years ago. I am originally from Montreal and was skeptical at first. Today I can say that I have people I consider family, friends and amazing neighbours. I cherish and live in the comfort and safety and a community that takes care of each other and their is there is always someone there for you if you need.. as it has been said in history it takes a village to raise a child not an individual!

That confirmed it for me.  A community is way more than a group of houses.  It’s the people in those houses that make or break it.  Add amenities, good schools, beautiful scenery and a quality of life that is found in a smaller community and you’ve got a winning combination.  I have to ask the question again, who wouldn’t want to live here??  Clearly Richmond has it all!

My sincere thanks to those neighbours that took the time to chat with me as well as those that responded to my Facebook shout out!  I welcome any other comments below.

If YOU want to live in Richmond or know someone who does, my listing at 46 Chanonhouse Dr is still active.  Please feel free to follow the dedicated Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/46chanonhouse  or check out the listing at www.amyhaggerty/listings!

Perhaps you’ll be the next neighbour to move onto this fabulous street!

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. I love Richmond too, what you say is true and I would move there in a heartbeat. But what you fail to mention is that the homes there are so brutally over priced. The homes specifically that you speak about are literally on the train tracks! And are selling for the same or MORE than similar homes in Barrhaven or other communities with more amenities and closer to the downtown core. Let me know when Richmond’s housing market comes back to reality and then we’ll talk!

  2. Thanks for your comment Bob! I agree that Chanonhouse does run close to the tracks but during my time speaking with residents it never came up as a concern for those living there. It’s funny you should mention the trains and subsequently mention Barrhaven, as we all know the trouble they have had with the crossings in the recent months! I haven’t heard of any of those issues in Richmond:) As for houses being overpriced, it’s all dependent on the market and the buyers definitely drive the market! A house located anywhere is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay. What I love about Ottawa is that there are many mini-markets within the city as each area is unique!

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