These neighbourhoods lie between the Queensway/417 and Baseline Rd and between Woodroffe Ave and Greenbank Rd. These communities were built in the 1950s and 1960s, and have mature trees and lots of parks. The community is home to the Ottawa Citizen, and Ottawa's IKEA store, which is surrounded by a number of stores and restaurants.
Kenson Park is a quiet West End neighbourhood between Woodroffe Avenue, and Pinecrest Creek and the OC Transpo Transitway. The neighbourhood was built in the 1950s and is built around Kenson Park, on Adirondack Drive. Parkway Park is just east of the NCC parklands and Transitway, and lies on both sides of Iris Street.
Ridgeview is the area west of Pinecrest Creek, and is centered around a large park that is home to Barbara Ann Scott Arena, a pool, three large ball diamonds, three little league diamonds, and four tennis courts. Iris Street runs through the neighbourhood, and there is a small plaza in the community, at Cobden Rd,
Queensway Terrace South is the area along Pinecrest Road, which used to be the main street in the area, until Greenbank Rd was re-aligned to connect Nepean with the Queensway. This neighbourhood is centered around Pinecrest School, the area's middle school. The area between Pinecrest and Greenbank has the tallest high-rises in the area, a number of condos, as well as a small plaza along Baseline Rd.
Iris Bus Station on the Transitway is a short distance away, as is the NCC bike path.
This neighbourhood straddling Iris has about 7,000 residents.
Most homes in the community date to the 1950s and 1960s and are largely single-family houses. There is an Extendicare nursing home north or Iris, at Parkway Park. The area between Pinecrest and Greenbank has the tallest high-rises in the area, a number of condos. West of Greenbank, along Draper Avenue is public housing complex with low-rise townhouses.
Iris is a relatively new neighborhood, but has not experienced much recent re-development, with 3% of homes pre-dating 1946, 29% of homes built between 1946 and 1961, and the majority (55%) built 1961 - 1981, with another 10% built since 1980.
This neighbourhood has 2800dwellings, of which 42% are single family detached, 8% are semi-detached, 11% are row houses, 1% are apartment duplexes, 23% were high-rise apartments (over 5 stories), and 15% were low-rise apartments. In this community, the majority 52% of residents rented, while 49% owned their homes.
Between Iris and the Queensway/417, in the northwest corner of the neighbourhood, is the IKEA store, along with other shopping and services. The east along Baseline is Shoppers City and the Merivale shopping corridor, to the north via Woodroffe is Carlingwood Shopping Centre, and to the west via the Queensway is Bayshore Shopping Centre.
The area has several small parks plus a large one that is home to Barbara Ann Scott Arena, a pool, three large ball diamonds, three little league diamonds, and four tennis courts. To the east are the NCC recreational pathways, sharing Pinecrest Creek with the Transitway.