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Open-style loft on the top floor of old Outremont building. Big skylight, and windows onto trees. Close walking distance to trendy Mile-End cafés and restos, as well as beautiful Outremont parks.
The space has one queen-size, with the option to sleep more on the couches in the living room.
I live here with my girlfriend, but she has moved to Scandinavia so I let the space while I go abroad. I have been renovating for a few years, and have tried to modernize without affecting the area's natural historical charm.
The space is built around a very large skylight, with large windows giving onto treetops all around. There is no air conditioning as natural breezes do a pretty good job of cooling off the space at night.
Guests can have access to the whole apartment, with WIFI.
I won't be present during guest's stay, but will try to be present to handover keys whenever possible :)
If you like being close to everything but away from the hustle-bustle, open-style loft living but with the privacy of being up in the trees, and old cachet but not to the extent that doorways are crooked -- then this is your place.
This apartment straddles 2 areas: the trendy Mile-End and the manicured Outremont. Whichever direction you chose to wander in, you will arrive at a targeted destination within minutes:
- Hipster Mile-End shops, cafés, restos on Saint-Viateur
- Outremont's stately homes, parks and cafés on Bernard Ave and west
- Little-Italy's farmers market
- Mount-Royal Park's walking and jogging trails
- Plateau-Mont-Royal's storied streets and nooks
- McGill Ghetto's vibrant scene
We're also close to regular as well as 3 organic supermarkets, 2 wine stores, as well as all other amenities.
Basically, we're central. If walking isn't your thing then there's a Bixi stand at the corner of the street on Querbes (public bikes), as well as easy bus access only blocks away: the 51 on Laurier goes crosstown, and 80 on Parc goes downtown.
Key transfers are easily handled through neighbors and/or friends in the area.
I'm a 39 filmmaker that also works in advertising as a writer-director. I've bene living in Montreal for many years but grew up all over the world. I love my house and have renovated much of it myself.
Duncan McDowall purchased this condo in 2011
So much light and up in the tree branches, nice crosswinds and good views onto the street life.
Duncan resides in the apartment when it's not rented through VRBO, so it has the feel of a genuine home, not a sterile hotel environment. The flat occupies the top (4th) floor of a modest-sized building, on tree-lined streets, amongst other apartments. It's located 3 blocks back from the noise and energy of Avenue du Parc, an active thoroughfare. We appreciated these aspects of the residence, & its owner's close ties & concern for the orderliness of the property. The neighborhood's especially conducive to walking, both to acquire affordable groceries and other shopping necessities. Another plus are the small parks (Parc Outremont) as well as the grander, Mont Royal trail system that's adjacent–ideal if you're looking for exercise away from traffic. There are excellent restaurants on Avenue Fairmount and real businesses to be found in the immediate area, as this is not an intense tourist-oriented zone. We've stayed near Mile End in the past, & sought it out this visit. We were not disappointed. The fine fall weather assisted, for a key feature of Duncan's living quarters are its generous windows & an expansive skylight. Furnishings are casual & the bed's comfortably firm. Night-time noise was minimal for an authentic working section of Montreal.
We were pleased with the stay & will return again in the future. Duncan's an earnest & thoughtful owner/host.
This is a very nice apartment situated in a desirable section of Montreal, at least for us! The neighborhood is alive with families, many young children, people going to work, joggers, riding on bicycles, etc. Montreal is a safe city, and this neighborhood feels especially so. We walked everywhere. There is a café on the corner and streets nearby with restaurants, clothing stores, wine shoppe, and much more. You can find what you want all within walking distance. Bus stops are nearby, but we walked everywhere. Parking is a little bit of a challenge, but we found our way. There are spots but these neighborhoods have permit parking for residents so you have to be careful that you don't park your car and forget about it. It's not a big problem but something to be aware of.
The apartment itself is very clean, comfortable, and as it appears in the photos. Duncan responded immediately when I texted him with a question. He is friendly and helpful. We had a great time.
Upon arrival, which was after 6:00 pm the apartment was still not ready which was somewhat disappointing. Instead of waiting around until the apartment was ready we went out to grab something to eat. It was obvious to us that the owner of this apartment resides there when not rented. We had no place to unpack as the clothes closet was full of his clothes as where the drawers, therefor we lived out of our suitcases. Living out of your suitcase is fine if you are staying over night but we had rented this place for 7 evenings. 3 towels were left for us for the whole week. The apartment was cute however very much in need of dusting and perhaps a cleaning service. If you are arriving with a car please note that there is hardly any parking as those who reside close by and in the general area all need parking permits, we got VERY lucky, but finding a spot was not easy and or close by.
We were under the impression that parking was not an issue, however we were mislead. We have stayed in many different VRBO rentals and never have they been ones that were lived in, in this way. The owner is a very nice guy however he needs someone to clean the fridge, the floors, the sides where the stove is (wow that was not clean) and wash the floors. There was no mop to be found other wise we would have done it, I just didn't think we should have to.
Would I recommend this to my friends? No I would not. Would I recommend it to students? Yes as it truly felt as though we were staying with a student (bachelor that is).
From our first contact Duncan was amazing. He responded to our texts quickly and answered our questions with clarity.
The apartment is a beautiful, airy, and very well-appointed. The location is great and neighborhood a real joy to explore. There are plenty of restaurants, pastry shops, bars (we had to watch the Euro soccer games). There is a bookstore/news agents around the corner, and a second-hand bookstore a couple of blocks away should you have forgotten reading material!
We only went downtown twice when we visited and getting there on public transport was so easy, especially given that anyone who was asked was more than happy to help with directions to the bus stop and metro.
If you want to get a feeling for how the locals live, stay here and walk around the area, you will not be disappointed.
My wife and I look forward to staying here again, and again.
With our very best wishes to Duncan, and Montreal.
P & B.
My wife and I stayed over the American Thanksgiving weekend to visit our Montreal-based daughter. We have tried a few apartments over the years and this one is in the top three! If you don't know the area....you are in the midst of countless great restaurants (Lemeac is a favourite of ours, and it's one block away!), with easy access to public transport (bus and metro). We parked our car (for free) a few hundred yards away and forgot about it for three days. The pictures are accurate: the light is fabulous (if the sun is out, then it's coming in one of the windows!), the bed is firm and comfortable, the bathroom and kitchen are fully functional for breakfast and snacks.
We four (my son was up too) spent the latter part of the first evening in the lounge, sipping prosecco and catching up...and we all felt quite at home. You get a little workout climbing the stairs, but at least they are indoors unlike many a Montreal staircase!
We'll be back!
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