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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish

3 Brm Century Apartment - Downtown - PERFECT for Families!

67 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Chic 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (sleeps 6) With Enormous Living Space - Inside And Out


***Perfect for a travelling family or a small group of professionals wanting to be in downtown Ottawa - EXCELLENT ACCESS TO GATINEAU***

**Stocked with a variety of fresh breakfast foods**

A completely modernized and huge flat-style apartment in a “century” structure in Ottawa’s central Lowertown East neighborhood. The apartment is part of a purpose-built duplex constructed in 1892 in a residential enclave bordered by the bank of the Rideau River (at Wurtemburg St.), St. Patrick St. and Cobourg St. The area is increasingly referred to as Macdonald Gardens because it encompasses the historic Macdonald Gardens Park.

473 Clarence is an extremely walkable location: Parliament Hill, the Central Business District, the University of Ottawa, the historic Byward Market, the National Gallery, DFAIT, DND HQ, Rideau Falls, Rideau Hall and other destinations can easily be reached in less than 30 minutes on foot in any weather.

Transit is also available: major transit routes serving Ottawa and with connections to Gatineau are located on the next corner at Cobourg St. The property has excellent access to the Macdonald-Cartier Intraprovincial Bridge to Gatineau, Highways 5 North and 50 East.

Neighborhood amenities (within 15 minute walk) include 2 indoor pools (one is a 2 minute walk), a public, outdoor NHL-sized skating rink, the Rideau River path system for running/walking, two major grocery stores, specialty shops and restaurants in the Byward Market and New Edinburgh, an independent movie theatre, and more.

This three-bedroom (floor plan available on request) flat is exceptionally clean and comfortable. There are new mattresses, linens and dishes, high-quality modern and vintage Scandinavian furnishings, and a fantastic 50' plasma flat-screen. The apartment has its own furnace, central air conditioning and on-demand hot water service.

Some important features of this unique property include:

Private, keyless entry with large walk-in closet

Off-street parking for one vehicle available

Bedrooms 1 and 2 each with queen-sized beds (with new coil mattresses), clock radios with IPAD and IPOD docking stations, and ceiling fans

Bedroom 3 has a queen-sized bed with a thick memory foam topper, IPOD docking station/clock radio and ceiling fan

A large, bright and *new* 4 piece bath (6-ft tub) with abundant storage and towels

All closets and drawers are empty of owners' belongings.

A bright, new, eat-in kitchen fully equipped with stove/oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, fully-automatic espresso machine and other small appliances, dishes, cutlery, baking and roasting pans, cutting boards, knives, spices and cookbooks.

A formal dining room with an extendable table seating 8-10

A living room with a 50” plasma screen, gas fireplace, cable, dvd player, high-speed internet

In-suite laundry (high efficiency front-loading washer and dryer), clothes drying rack, ironing board and iron

A large, private, south-facing balcony with a bistro table and additional seating


· Baby and toddler gear may be available free on request: single jogging stroller (Bob Revolution) or double stroller (Phil&Teds), bassinet/playpen/change table, baby monitor, booster seat, high chair, bouncy chair, potty, stools, toys, etc....

· Take-out and delivery menus from local restaurants provided and a listing of other neighborhood amenities (schools, pool, child care, hospital, walk-in clinic, 24-hour groceries, pharmacy open late, liquor store, transit, cab companies, etc.)

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Allison (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Allison

I live in the downstairs apartment with my family and I work for the Parliament of Canada. Originally from Vancouver,British Columbia, we moved to Ottawa 10 years ago and love it.

I like to get places on foot and this location is perfect. The downtown CBD is 30 mins of walking. Governor General's and Rideau Falls are 30 mins in the other direction. Byward Market is 15 and New Edinburgh village is 15 the other way.

Je parle français. Yo hablo espagnol.

Allison purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Allison chose Ottawa

We love the neighbourhood. Is is a quiet downtown suburb: close to everything with a mix of families and young professionals. We moved to this property in order to have some 'fun' gutting and renovating an old building.

What makes this apartment unique

This apartment is beautifully laid out with large dining and living rooms as well as three bedrooms nicely spaced out in separate corners of the apartment. The large, private, covered, balcony is a gorgeous place to sit and have a coffee or glass of wine in any weather. There are windows on every side of the house so the light is always streaming in somewhere.


based on 67 traveler reviews

3 Brm Century Apartment - Downtown - PERFECT for Families!
average rating of 4.955224 based on 67 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Three of us recently stayed at 473 Clarence for six nights to attend a wedding. We were all very impressed with the apartment. "Wow" was the word on entry by all of us. Other members of the family stayed in hotels. We bragged constantly about our place as it was far better than a hotel room!! Lots of living space and overall, good value!

The unit was very clean and modern, yet retaining the heritage of the building. Allison had stocked the apartment with everything one would need to get started with such things as eggs, juice, bread, yogurt, milk, coffee, frozen pizza, and fruit, along with items from previous occupants. The kitchen was fully stocked with dishes and utensils. One does not want to eat out every night so with a grocery store nearby, we could cook at "home."

The entire unit was fully stocked with everything one would need. It really was a home away from home. Beds were comfy. There was also plenty of storage space to unpack. There is a washer and dryer in the unit if needed.

What we enjoyed was the opportunity to sit on the balcony at night having a glass of wine or coffee in the morning and watch the "world go by."

We found it to be a very quiet neighbourhood with easy access to downtown Ottawa.

Allison is a very attentive owner who really cares about her guests. A couple of times she checked in by email to see if everything was okay and if she could offer any assistance.

A great find and it would be our first choice if we ever return to Ottawa. A great apartment!!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Accomodation for Families or Groups

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I along with our 2 adult children stayed here in July 2016 and were very impressed with the location of the home as well as the extra touches Compliments of Allison. The kitchen is fully stocked including enough items to make breakfast and other meals. The beds are very comfortable and the deck is a really nice place to enjoy coffee in the morning or sit in the evenings. We definitely will stay here again and recommend it for families or groups as the home is spacious and located close to Byward Market and all the major sights.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional 473 Clarence

  • 5 of 5

We were thrilled with this apartment. It was spacious, spotless and centrally located. The bedrooms were also spacious and the layout was superb. We particularly enjoyed having a covered balcony to relax in the evenings.

The listing location and pictures were exactly as is.

The owner was very responsive to any questions we had.

We loved being able to walk to the Byward market in a matter of minutes and were also happy to be located close to grocery shops.

Allison made some great recommendations of places to eat, however we did not discover this list until we were leaving.

I would rate this property a 5 star and recommend it to anyone.

Exceeded expectations!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very satisfactory

  • 5 of 5

Great location.owner very attentive to needs.highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Guangzhou, China

Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Although the unit's flooring is some spots noticeably needed to be leveled, the unit was clean and tidy, and had all the amenities you could possibly need. The beds were comfortable, the living room and dining room sufficient to fit our family of 5 and the balcony was comfortable and cool enough to draw us outside. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook full meals including condiments, spices, etc. The washer and dryer, although small, was a bonus. The location is within walking distance to the downtown area, which was a blessing as detours due to downtown road construction was abominable. Overall our stay was fantastic. Allison was accommodating and helpful and I would recommend this property without any hesitation. Thank you Allison!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Wellington, New Zealand

Perfect vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. We had an unexpected extension to our vacation and had the opportunity to stay in both of the apartments that Allison has in this property. They were both spotlessly clean. They were very conveniently located to central Ottawa and the Byward Market but were quiet at night. Allison really respected our privacy, but responded very quickly when needed. Each apartment was very spacious and Allison thought of every detail, including a well stocked pantry. On top of that the apartments were beautifully decorated. Lovely place to come home to every evening. We would love to stay again on our next visit to Ottawa.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Ottawa International Airport
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
VIA Rail
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
417 (Queensway)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Lower Town Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Race Weekend 2017
May 25 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
May 29 2017 - Sep 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $57

Rates are based on double occupancy. Additional occupants are $15 each per night.
For stays of more than two weeks, there would be an additional housekeeping charge ($75).
The waste handling deposit will be refunded if guests sort compost, garbage and recycling and use the appropriate bins for disposal as per the written instructions provided.

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Lower Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower , Extra large tub
    Bathroom 2 - There is one full bathroom in the apartment
  • Stacked high efficiency washer and dryer in the bathroom. Laundry soap and stain remover provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 1 is 12x12 Bedroom 2 is 9x11 Bedroom 3 is 8x10 Bedrooms are well-located for privacy in separate corners of the apartment.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Children are very welcome but must be closely supervised.

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