Hunt Club Ottawa Airport Neighbourhood
Today we’ve flown the coop for a look at the Hunt Club – Ottawa Airport neighbourhood. See what I did there? Sitting about 16 kilometres from downtown Ottawa, the area is an easy 25-minute drive from the city centre.
The main feature of this neighbourhood is, of course, the airport. Officially named the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in 1993, most of us still call it by its 1964 name, the Ottawa International Airport.
The airport was born as Hunt Club Field way back in 1919. Like many of the neighbourhoods in this former Gloucester Township area, it was named after the famous Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, which was established in 1907.
Today, the airport is the second busiest in Ontario and the seventh busiest in Canada. Over one million passengers passed through in 2021.
And you might be asking – “Peter, why is there no airport behind you?” well, unfortunately the majority of this neighbourhood is a mix of high airport security and military police patrolled grounds – making it rather difficult to deliver to you good folks the visuals I really wanted to capture on the video but, as you can understand, I would rather not end up in jail by the end of this video, so I thank you for your patience in advance… (SMILE) …..so instead we are shooting in and around the neighbourhood where it was deemed safe too
CFB Uplands Ottawa Canada
The airport also served as home for a military base. Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Ottawa was created in 1972 to consolidate the administration of several defense operations and properties.
The Ottawa International Airport CFB is called CFB Uplands or CFB Ottawa South. The base itself was closed in the 1990s, and much of the land was transferred to the greater airport.
But units continue to operate out of CFB Ottawa Uplands. Two musical units, a crypto support unit, an artillery regiment, an air cadet squadron, and a VIP transport squadron are all active at the site.
HOUSING MARKET HUNT CLUB OTTAWA
The presence of so many military personnel led, of course, to military housing. The 700 three-bedroom single-family homes built in the 1960s and 70s are currently home to 500 active military families.
Housing continued to be built through the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. The neighbourhood is now a mix of owner-occupied and rental homes and apartments. In fact, 44.9% of homes in the area are owner occupied where as the Ottawa average is 65.7% owner occupied. Properties that are rentals accounts for 55.1% where as the Ottawa average is 34.3%.
Homes built in the 1950s or earlier represent 19.6% of the properties. Where as the majority of properties were built between the 1960s and 1970s with 41.1% of the properties. And only 16.5% were built during the 1980s and 1990s. With new land read being developed as the city of Ottawa continually focuses on urban intensification we see 24.1% of the properties in the area were built post 2000.
MOVING TO HUNT CLUB OTTAWA
Those moving to Ottawa who choose this neighbourhood will find the prestigious Hunt and Golf Club within its borders. The historic golf course was founded 114 years ago back in in 1908 as a hunting club. Over the years they have hosted many world-class professional and amateur golf tournaments. The course is located North-West of the Ottawa Airport.
The neighbourhood is a diverse mix of commercial parks, retail, military and airport operations as well as old and new build residential properties. If you like unique and convenient neighbourhoods Hunt Club – Ottawa Airport location might be for you.