With 375 years of history under its belt, there are few cities as fascinating as Montreal. It has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada (second only to New York City in all of North America). Along with an underground city spanning 32 kilometres of interwoven tunnels leading to shops, museums, and yes, more restaurants, the City of Saints has a lot to offer.
While there may not be any view as fantastic as the one from the top of Mont Royal, Montreal’s highest-valued neighbourhoods have just as much draw—and buyers are taking notice. Sales of homes at or over $1 million have increased by 13% in the first two months of 2017 alone. Here’s a look at the city’s highest valued communities:
Mont Royal and Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Living at the city’s downtown core is to live amongst history. Not only is the famous hilltop formerly a volcanic complex, but the area was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, co-designer of New York City’s Central Park. Today, wrought-iron staircases, colourful facades, stone masonry, and designer fashion boutiques dot the communities of Mont Royal and Le Plateau-Mont-Royal. They draw in an eclectic blend of artists, working professionals, and young families that make the vibe au currant, creative, and highly livable. Cafe life reigns supreme here, so you’ll never be without a fantastic croissant.
This community is where Montreal’s reputation as one of Canada’s liveliest cultural centres is truly evident. A bevy of multicultural eateries—from Japanese, to Italian, to Middle-Eastern—attract people of different backgrounds to this modern neighbourhood. Triplexes, stunning high rises, and expansive lofts give the area a real urban feel.
A shining metropolis within Montreal, Westmount is an enclave sitting pretty on the westerly slopes of Mont Royal. Urban forests, parks, and over 11,000 trees make this community a green haven. The area is primarily residential, and is home to more than 20,600 residents. You can also find a good number of public and private schools, two colleges, a public library, and a visual arts space. Homes in the area have a stately feel, and boast beautiful stonework and well-manicured lawns.
Quick transit access to downtown Montreal and a friendly urban environment make Le Sud-Ouest increasingly popular amongst families. A generous number of parks and community gardens don’t hurt either. Historic factories and commercial properties have been converted into urban architectural gems and spacious open-concept lofts. A bevy of urban amenities and recreation facilities also keep prospective buyers coming back to this borough.
Although a suburb of Montreal, this popular community is situated on the West Island, making for easy commuting. Homes in the area range from waterfront mansions with a modern chateau feel to well-renovated duplexeswith charming backyard spaces. A revitalization project for the village centre on Cartier Avenue will help refresh the three-centuries-old area with recreation spaces that cater to young families and commercial businesses to keep neighbours happy.
The energy, cultural infusion, and incredible design of these high-value Montreal neighbourhoods keep the city in consistently high ranks among North America’s most livable cities. There’s no beating Quebec’s cultural capital.
If any of the featured neighbourhoods in this article catch your interest, be sure to contact a Sotheby’s REALTOR®, who can tell you everything you need to know about the area.