Realty Bites: Escape to the Country

What may appear to be a tough question to answer is actually not so tough at all simply because we are lucky Montrealers. Not only do we live in one of the most happening cities in the world, but this little hub of ours is located just an hour and a half away from one of the most incredible ski resorts on the continent (and what an après-ski party its lively alpine village offers!). Mont Tremblant has ranked as the No.1 Ski Resort in eastern North America for over 15 consecutive years (SKI Magazine, 1998-2012).

Its proximity to the city is not to be taken for granted… and neither should the price of its real estate in today’s market. So, as the winter rolls in, hang up your bikes, get your skis waxed and pack very big luggage with your favourite wool sweaters and snow gear. You are about to make those weekend getaways a ritual as you’ll be hitting the road with your crew, direction “Nord” every Friday.

There are some wicked deals in Tremblant, making it the ideal time for YPs to buy that unique waterfront cottage or that sleek mountaintop condominium. Excited yet? Well, I sure am. Who would have thought that such an investment opportunity would be so tangible? 

Riviere du Diable – $495,000 

A chance to escape the bustle of the city is always welcome and that’s exactly what you’ll get to do when you journey up to Lac Superieur. In the heart of a pristine nature, this riverfront home sits on a huge lot of close to 5,000 sq. metres and has 75 metres of shoreline. That’s right, your next big toy might be a boat so you can take full advantage of your house in the summertime! 


Disconnecting from work and connecting with nature will require very little effort. The abundant wood showcased in this home give it a warm and rustic cottage vibe, so it’s the most authentic country retreat. 


With vast common rooms, 4 large bedrooms, 2 galleries and a veranda, you’ll comfortably accomodate all of your friends. Located only 5 minutes from the slopes of Mont-Tremblant’s North Side, your guests won’t feel pressure to head out early with the disciplined skiers (i.e. when the hangover has passed).


Lac Superieur – Starting at $154,000

So perhaps owning a home is too big a responsibility and just as easily as you are able to leave and lock your condo door in the city, you’d like to unlock one in the country. Welcome to Fratenité-sur-Lac, a real estate project that makes it headache-free. 


All with a breathtaking view on the water, the Suites-sur-Lac are the ideal country refuge for yuppies on the go. They come fully furnished and equipped, which means you won’t have to fight the Ikea crowds. 


As an owner, you can choose to be in the rental program consisting of a flexible occupation concept (36 days a year are reserved for you). No need to worry about the rental of your suite on the days when you’re not using it because a management company takes care of that for you… and you generate revenue!

The site also allows you to enjoy a multitude of activities: access to its private club with pool, tennis courts, yoga studio, ice rinks, gym and more. 

You’ll certainly find your corner of paradise while being gentle to your wallet! With several models still available, get a studio for $154,000, a one bedroom for close to $250,000 or even a two bedroom for under $400,000.  


Cote Nord Rental – Between 144$ and 556$ per night at this time of the year

If buying wasn’t in your plans this year, you can always rent a chalet for a very competitive price depending on how many people you are. Each round log cabin is sited on an enclosed piece of land, which assures wonderful privacy for your late night party. The setting and the atmosphere outside are soothing. What better way to unwind than with a cold beer in the backyard spa after a few ski runs? Or by enjoying a glass of Pinot near the woodburning fireplace…


Be spontaneous and make the escape. It’s easy and affordable and it will be a weekend you won’t forget. Ask me… I celebrated my 30th there last year!

For more information, contact Karine Doche at