Realty Bites: What’s New, Hot and Fresh in the OP?

Believe it or not, we are only 36 days away from the official first day of spring! You know what that means? If you have plans to buy a condo before the summer, it’s time to shake off those winter blues and get on the real estate bandwagon. Time is flying and before you know it, summer will be here, you’ll be stuck in that same dull apartment wishing you had been more proactive in finding that perfect Old Port property – perfect because wouldn’t it be lovely to live in the OP and to at last experience the magic this Old Town has to offer its residents during the summer months? I’ve got a long list of reasons why I think the OP is the perfect place for the urban young professional to call home. But first, let me start you off with a list of four condos that are new and hot and fresh out of the box right here in Old Montreal. 

1. Notre-Dame W. – $495,000

Notre-Dame is quickly becoming the next St-Paul. Some of the hottest joints have established themselves on this upcoming street: Toro Toro, a Spanish tavern, hosted their official launch party last week; the best DJs now spin at Peopl, the city’s newest and most soulful nightclub, and at Galerie 203, a place of meeting between artists and art enthusiasts, there’s always a unique vernissage to attend; and, if you’re looking for the outfit to hit these hot spots, Boutique Rooney is conveniently located to put an upper class spin on your urban wear.

Now, imagine how fun it would be to live in the middle of all this action! This condo is only one of twelve in a historical building dating from the 1800s. It’s a very large apartment of 1,078 square feet; you’ll love how spacious each room is.

What’s notable? You’ll think you’re in Paris when you look out the huge arched windows. They offer an unobstructed view of Ste-Helene, the most charming and visually pleasing street in the OP.

Listing broker: Karine Doche 

2. Bonsecours – $549,000

A loft large enough to ride your bike in sounds like the paragon of city living. This 1,580 square foot pad, situated away from the main tourist hub, is the ultimate in loft-style living. What makes it even more appealing is that the option for privacy is there.

The loft offers flexibility because it was actually separated into a series of rooms consisting of one bedroom and one office space, which were created by installing movable walls or sliding doors. When the door is “closed,” the master bedroom is separated from the kitchen and living area, delineating personal space from the entertaining space. Genius, isn’t it? What’s also genius is that this condo is priced for a quick sale. Would you believe me if I told you it came with an indoor parking spot? Well, it does in fact, making it one of the best deals in Old Montreal!

What’s notable? Les 400 Coups, a sumptuous food and wine destination, perfect for either an intimate dinner for two or for a large group, is only a few seconds away. Popular among local foodies is the “green” dessert. You’ll want to try it and I promise you it’s well worth the calories!

Listing Broker: Karim Ben Rhouma

3. De la Commune W. – $549,000

It’s sleek, modern and the materials used in this loft have an industrial, almost sci-fi feel. The concrete ceilings and the exposed aluminum piping give it a very raw look.

One thing’s for sure: in all its rawness, the vast, yet intimate space provides a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. The corner unit is north-west facing and thus offers a downtown view and incredible brightness from sunrise to sunset thanks to its multiple oversized windows. And it also comes with indoor parking!

What’s notable? What you’ll savour most is how accessible the outdoors will become, especially in the summer. Firstly, the Lachine Canal path is literally right across the street from the building, so you’ll always be motivated to head out for a run or a bike ride. Also, not only does this condo have its own private balcony, there is a phenomenal terrace with a phenomenal pool from which you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of the Quays of the Port and of the Pointe-du-Moulin, that oh so special and massive structure dominating the Old Port skyline.

Listing Broker: Alexandre Molinier 

4. St-Paul W. – $599,000

Although part of a stunning Old Montreal converted complex, this property benefits from a separate gated entrance that leads directly to a garden level apartment. How tremendously unique!

The condo features 12-foot ceilings, a wood fireplace and splendid hardwood flooring, which create an elegant ambiance. What a privilege and a luxury to have access to your own exclusive courtyard patio with a small garden space. Close your eyes and picture yourself hanging with friends on a July afternoon around a pitcher of sangria. Yum!

What’s notable? This condo is so great for resale because it has what so many buyers look for: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a parking spot in the garage. At this listed price, I can assure you’ll make a killing when you decide to resell it with a few renovations and updates.

Listing Broker: Karen Karpman

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