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Good choice on HN - by far the best builder in both areas.
Demand is hard to predict. Accessibility to resources definitely leans in favour of Riverside South though. A few reasons:
1. The bridge to Barrhaven provides access to everything you need - today. Minto & Walter Baker Rec centers, schools from every board, every grocery store banner, every chain restaurant in existence, quick access to the 416 (and 401), every big box store in existence, multiple choices for coffee.. the list goes on
2. 10 minute drive to Merivale & Hunt Club or Hunt Club & Riverside where the list above repeats
3. 5 minute drive to Manotick if you want "small town"
4. Riverside South itself today has 5 elementary schools (French Catholic is just building their 2nd) and 1 high school. LCBO, Independent, shoppers, a few restaurants, doctors, dentists, gym etc..
Contrast that to Findlay Creek - 1 elementary school, 1 grocery store, a canadian tire, lcbo, timmies & mcds & shoppers... for everything else you are driving to south keys or further. The new plaza will help but not substantially.
Transit for both communities is basic right now. LRT will eventually serve both so no great advantage. That said 4 lane Limebank is a lot faster than bottlenecked Albion & Bank
Looking at future growth though - Riverside South has a lot more room to expand. Findlay Creek is limited on all 4 sides due to the NCC, protected wetlands & the urban boundary. So what you see today with Findlay Creek + a little bit of growth is what you are going to get for the next 50 years. Not that much more commercial or amenities planned - just more houses to fill in the gap up to Letrim road + the Cowans Grove and Pathway's developments in the south.
On the other hand Riverside South will grow south to Rideau Rd, north to Letrim, east to Bowesville with mixed use (combo of mid & high rise residential + commercial) planned around LRT in the town centre.
Maybe the constrained growth of Findlay Creek will force prices a bit higher, maybe access to more amenities will make Riverside South more attractive and priced higher. Hard to predict.