Moving to Montreal

Welcome home. Montreal is an eclectic city with a mishmash of colourful neighbourhoods and wonderful property investment opportunities. Choosing the right neighbourhood is key. The city’s many different districts cater to varying needs and Ana and Daniel’s rounded knowledge of it gives you the guidance to get settled right where you belong.

An expat herself, Ana is familiar with the many uncertainties faced when moving to a new city. Finding the proper schools, services and spaces can be a daunting task and one she’s well acquainted with. Having run the gamut, she has developed a remarkable shorthand with Montreal newcomers and is well equipped with the answers you’re looking for.

Daniel comes from a long line of Montrealers and is your go-to resource for understanding the city’s many flavours and lifestyles. Together, Ana and Daniel can help you make a sound investment that will increase in value and perform well in resale. They know the right addresses in each neighbourhood and have personally worked on several renovations throughout the island. Being from architectural and carpentry backgrounds, Ana and Daniel can evaluate a condo or house’s pros and cons with an expert’s eye.

Here is an overview of some of the neighbourhoods Ana and Daniel focus on:

A tight-knit, pristine neighbourhood not at all far from bustling city life but just removed enough for those who appreciate the quietude of smaller-town living. The peaceful suburb is a mecca for young families with its large number of both public and private schools as well as its numerous parks.
A community-centric neighbourhood, NDG caters well to young families with its many parks and schools, both public and private. It’s easy to get around. Reliable public transportation includes two metro stations and numerous bus lines. It’s also known for its lively urban strips, particularly Monkland Village—a colourful stretch dotted with popular restaurants and boutiques. A new super hospital is currently under construction, set to open in 2015.
A prominently-English, historic suburb, Westmount is known for its stunning Victorian architecture, apparent in its many estates and townhouses. It extends to Mount Royal (the city’s best lookout) and is home to Westmount Park, one of Montreal’s favourite green spaces. Shops, grocery stores and popular eateries are of abundance, as are public and private schools, sports centers and a renowned library.
A charming district with university-town appeal, Côte-des-Neiges has two major hospitals, the stunning Saint Joseph’s Oratory and plenty of convenience with its seven metro stations and many commercial strips. It’s extremely family-friendly with numerous green spaces and is cherished as one of the city’s most culturally diverse neighbourhoods. It offers a great opportunity for first-time buyers.
A designated National Historic Site, TMR is a charming garden suburb perfect for established and growing families. It boasts stately architecture and a peaceful, small-town appeal while being conveniently located near the city’s centre. It’s populated by numerous shops and schools. Plenty of green space allows for year-round sports and cultural activities.
A trendy residential borough, Outremont is all at once quaint and bustling. Sometimes referred to as the French Westmount, the area plays home to an established mid-aged population that still appreciates the lively buzz of urban living. Laurier and Bernard Street are celebrated for their specialty boutiques and popular restaurants, while the neighbourhood’s many green spaces make it an opportune spot for growing families.
Montreal’s Brooklyn. Mile End is an artist’s hub that’s home to some of the best independent cafés and specialty boutiques. The neighbourhood is also marked by numerous investment properties, family townhouses and several first-time buyer opportunities. It’s culturally diverse with a large Jewish population and is noted for its many famous delis, bakeries and bagel shops.
A largely French, up-and-coming neighbourhood, Villeray boasts many investment opportunities for young families and first-time buyers. Its lively village character is complemented by many new cafés and trendy bars as well as the famous Jean Talon Market. It’s also home to Jarry Park, an expansive, family-friendly green space that offers an abundance of sports activities.
With a hodgepodge of students, professionals and young families, Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie is a culturally diverse hub that’s home to many city attractions including the Jean Talon Market the strikingly beautiful Botanical Gardens. It also features Montreal’s Little Italy and its many lauded cafés and restaurants. Nearby hospitals, schools and metro stations make it a convenient locale for busybodies.
Much like Mile-End, Plateau Mont-Royal is a bustling, artist-friendly neighbourhood, though somewhat busier due to its proximity to the city’s centre. First-time buyers and young professionals enjoy its convenience and trendy appeal. There is no shortage of bars, restaurants, street festivals and nightlife. It’s a year-round playground that also caters to young families with its nearby schools and many green spaces.
Downtown Montreal is a cosmopolitan hub that caters to a wide range of city-folk including investors, professionals, students, diplomats, travelers, part-time dwellers and families. Residents are close to all the major shopping areas and public services, including a slew of universities and hospitals. The landscape is diverse. The downtown core offers chic urban living reminiscent of Park & Fifth Avenue, while many quieter stretches are marked by beautiful, century-old townhouses. You may also find yourself in Old Montreal. A historic, cobblestone neighbourhood with majestic architecture, it’s situated by the beautiful Saint Lawrence River and is the perfect spot for everyone from professionals to expats and retirees.
Le Sud-Ouest is in fact an amalgamation of four neighbourhoods—Pointe St-Charles, Little Burgundy, Griffintown and St-Henri. Traditionally working-class areas, they’re marked by late nineteenth-century architecture, some of the city’s best restaurants, the Atwater Market and the beautiful Lachine Canal. Recently, many new condo developments have sparked a major interest from first-time buyers and young families.
An up-and-coming, working class area that greatly appeals to first-time buyers and those in the market for investment properties. Over the last few years, Verdun has seen a surge of new businesses open up shop on its commercial strip, Wellington Street. A hospital, several public schools, parks, a pool and a pristine waterfront are among the many perks that also make it a standout for young families.
A peaceful neighbourhood surrounded by water, Nuns’ Island is only a convenient five minutes from downtown. The residential island is well-known for its many green spaces, beautiful bike path and sought-after condo properties. It offers quietude and convenience for families and great opportunities for first-time buyers.

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