“The Exchange” by Domicile is located in Westboro at the corner of Richmond road and Berkley; the former Ketchums Manufacturing .  They produced livestock tags in addition to the personnel identification tags, or DOG tags for the department of National Defence.  Today it is a sophisticated low rise condominium  in the centre of vibrant community of Westboro Village, Ottawa.

The location is a big plus for many urban living professionals because you can walk to grocery stores,  wine store,  restaurants, cafes, pharmacies and outing goods specialty stores. Florists and doctors offices are also near by. One of the biggest attractions for me is the proximity to the Ottawa river shore line with the associated walking trails, beach and the parkland.  I like to take in a sunset or an early morning Sun Salutation on the beach!

The condo building is a mix of ground floor commercial and residential above. The lower floors feature a light coloured, large block stone and the upper floors are a tan fired brick with concrete balconies. The residential entry is off Berkley ave. The parking garage and outdoor surface garage is accessed from Richmond Road.

The entry is a subdued, no frills entry. A mix of tall grasses and flower plantings greet the visitor. Postal reception and elevators are immediately at the front door entrance. With only seven floors and two elevators there is never a wait.

Although there is underground parking I like the covered surface parking because they have made use of the roof top to grow moss and grass. Apparently every season is a different colour and height of growth. Nice to look down on an eye catching rectangle of natural green space albeit a rather modest green space!

One of the units available for sale features a north west view with panoramic windows. on the balcony, sizzle Grilled Vegetables on the natural Gas BBQ. Yes I like that!  this is a spacious semi-loft style w cozy Gas fireplace. The two bedrooms are arranged diagonally, with two baths, so the smaller bedroom  could be a den, office or visitors bedroom.  The unit features light Hardwood flooring, an open Peninsula Kitchen, Shaker panel Cupboard Doors, Kitchen Aide Stainless Appliances, in-unit Laundry, and Sun Shade Blinds.  Condo parking is included. Hurry!