Montreal Goes Condo

Montreal’s condo culture is experiencing a true boom. It’s about time. Toronto, Vancouver and particularly Calgary have been in overdrive for the last decade, while Montreal has been cautiously dipping its toe in the water. Whatever the reason, that was yesterday’s lag. Today, it’s all going vertical. Both an array of new developments and historic property restorations are underway. Whether it’s the quartz countertops, the modern rooftop terraces, or the historic architecture, these condos may take your game to a whole new level.

The Sexy Monastery
The most original on our list is the 5375 Notre-Dame-de-Grace monastery-turned-trendy-condo, located minutes from Villa Maria Metro and Monkland village. The ground floor boasts two-storey units, ranging in size from 500 – 2,000 square feet. All come equipped with oak wood floors, high ceilings, large windows, as well as indoor parking, a communal gym, sauna, and rooftop terrace offering panoramic views. Prices for such an in-demand building are relatively affordable starting at $425,000. 5375 Notre-Dame-de-Grace Ave.

Downtown Chic
Luxury, style, and classical beauty join hands in this downtown masterpiece. Le 1200 Ouest de Maisonneuve’s large building provides all the luxuries and services to live comfortably, if not excessively so. Spacious balconies, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and Italian ceramics are featured in each unit. The entire interior of the building features neoclassical architecture, and common spaces include a hotel-like lobby, heated outdoor pool, and fully equipped gym as well as private lounge and home theatre. Unit sizes range from 1290 – 2,170 square feet, as do prices from mid-$400K to $1.2 million. 1200 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, 514-849-4965.

The Old Castle
If you are from Montreal, you have probably seen the beautiful Gleneagles “condo-castle.” Built in 1929 and protected in 2002, this Scottish-inspired castle has seen Montreal grow into the vibrant city it is today. The building is made up of 82 units from 600 – 5000 square feet featuring flawless views of the river, city or mountain. Its preserved neo-gothic architecture adds character to its modern amenities such as 24-hour valet parking, large gym, closed circuit security and free Wi-Fi. Prices start at $495,000. 3940 Cote-des-Neiges, 514-846-5790.

Brand Spankin’ New
Old Montreal’s new M9-3 condominium building is one of the most buzzed-about properties in the city, despite not yet being built. This 116-unit contemporary space offers a variety of chic living areas, from lofts to one- and two-storey condos to penthouses, ranging from 576 – 1,757 square feet. Designed by the critically acclaimed architects of Sid Lee and Ædifica, the M9-3 is built for people who know and appreciate style. Each unit features 9-, 10- or 19-ft ceilings, quartz countertops, stylized cupboards, huge windows and open-space kitchen, living and dining areas. A commercial space is highlighted on the main floor, while the 15th floor carries a SkyLounge,SkyTerrace and gym. Prices begin modestly at $150,000 and end extravagantly in the $1 million range. 800 Wellington St., 514 400 4565.

For more information about current Montreal condo listings visit: http://www.mypaint.ca/listing/condos.

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Image courtesy of A.J. Kandy.

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3 thoughts on “Montreal Goes Condo

  1. Montreal has been lagging? Do you live here? You’re the journalist, find out how many housing buildings, in the city, have been built in the last 10 years that are NOT condos versus houses/multiplexes. Personally, sure, they’re nice, but man, does it ever get boring. You drive past 10 buildings that all look the fuckin same…Remember the original theme song from Weeds? “(…) little boxes, and they all look just the same. ”

    Toronto looks so boring because of that. You either live in a condo or in a house. I find multiplex buildings give Montreal part of it’s identity. from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, you have your little differences, there’s a lot more life. Did I mention Toronto was boring to look at? Yeah, I’m biased…

  2. For Carlito:
    If you read the article and not just the headlines, you would see that this journalist talks mostly about traditional buildings that are turned into condos (the monastery and the old castle), not the generic “Toronto style” condos. Nice try though.

  3. For V.
    I read the article before posting…Yes I agree, most condos we see today used to be “traditional buildings”…yeah, ok.

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