Realty Bites: Pads of the OP

Young professionals of Montreal are now more than ever referring to the area surrounding the port of the city as The OP. Kind of makes sense doesn’t it? Remember that show, “The OC,” where the main characters were from a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of the Orange County in California? Well, I wouldn’t say we are anything like those trust fund babies; we are driven and hardworking, but without a doubt we fancy the same luxuries and often choose to spend our hard earned cash in the fabulous restaurants and bars of Old Montreal where everybody knows your name.

Indeed, many of Montreal’s young professionals earning good pay and enjoying the cultural and social attractions of sophisticated urban life generally want to live in the OP – if they don’t already! Residents of the area have even recently created their own Facebook group “Old Montreal, My Neighborhood,” where events are organized and hosted locally so members can gather and have fun either at a public venue or in a private space such as someone’s place!

If you aren’t yet an OP citizen, but aspire to get a hold of that exclusive passport so you can eventually be the next party host of the month, you might want to consider purchasing a condo here…

Here are 4 P’s of the OP:

A Prestigious Address – 455 St-Pierre priced at $399,000
The Caverhill is a remarkable building of neo-Renaissance Italian influence and also an architectural treasure thanks to its palazzo-style construction. This unit features beautiful floor to ceiling arched windows, high ceilings and a brick wall. With just under 1,000 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 1 powder room, you`ll be comfortable accommodating your out-of-town friends.

What`s notable? The asking price! For under $400,000, this is the perfect gateway into the OP and what any realtor would call “affordable luxury at its best.” It’s also located just steps from the new and raved about PHI Centre. *Listing broker: Marie-Claude Palassio


A Posh Décor – 60 rue de Brésoles priced at $560,000
The Cours Le Royer is a residential complex located in a section of Le Royer Street that was converted to pedestrian-only use in the early 1980s. You’ll be enchanted by the ringing of the bells of the Notre-Dame Basilica while sitting by the fireplace of this spacious one bedroom flat.

What’s notable? The home décor is posh and that won’t have to change! All the furniture is included. Just make sure not to stain that white love chair with the icing of your red velvet cupcake from Les Glaceurs, dangerously located 30 seconds from the building. *Listing broker: Sophie Le Guerrier


A Priceless Layout – 94 Ste-Thérèse priced at $769,000
In this stylish condo, old world charm meets contemporary. In fact, I showed this condo to one of my YP clients and he said: “It’s like we’ve been transported back to Miami of the 70s!” Is it the open concept design laid out on 3 floors, the exposed stone walls, the spectacular wrought-iron staircase or the 29-foot ceilings that would make one reminisce the art deco of South Beach? I’m not sure, but let me tell you: this place is nothing short of sexy!

What’s notable? With 1,800 square feet of livable space and a phenomenal private rooftop terrace, you might as well host the pre-party and the after-party and have the whole Velvet crowd over! * Listing broker: Joseph Montanaro


A Penthouse Dream – 389 Rue St-Paul O priced at $1,249,000
Keep aiming for the stars, and soon not only will you be rising to the top in your career, you’ll also be rising to the top of “La Maison St-Paul” and into this glorious penthouse apartment. The kitchen signed Boffi and the concrete polished floor offer a contrast between former architectural elements typical of Old Montreal and urban modernism.

What’s notable? Take the brass spiral staircase u, and find yourself in the most outstanding of spaces; a bright solarium and a private terrace will awe you! *Listing broker: Martin Rouleau


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