With experts proclaiming Montreal as the next hot real estate market in Canada, it’s not surprising that more and more people are showing interest in moving to this charming city.
If you’re thinking of moving to Quebec’s metropolis, you might want to get to know it better and one of the first things you might be interested in is its best neighborhoods. If you’re moving, you might be looking for the best place to relocate to, so here are some very good options:
Found northeast of the downtown area, this neighborhood is considered as one of the hippest and artsiest in the city being that it’s the home to the biggest number of artists per capita in the country.
Stepping into this large neighborhood will make you feel like you stepped into a whole different world. Their colorful facades and wrought iron staircases are definitely striking and quite unique. But it’s really the wide bike lanes and sidewalks as well as little car traffic that make it one of Canada’s most livable urban areas.
Note, however, that housing prices in this area are relatively higher than in others. So if you really want to live here, you should prepare a very nice budget.
While this neighborhood is still technically a part of the Le Plateau-Mont-Royal area, it’s still deemed as a distinct neighborhood. It’s just as artistic and stylish as the borough but it’s also more casual. It’s also home to a lot of great artists such as Arcade Fire.
Mile End and the adjacent Mile Ex are also turning out to be the most popular hipster neighborhoods in Montreal. It’s gentrification also led to higher housing costs.
Also known as the Gay Village, this neighborhood is exactly what its name says. It’s home to the most active LGBT communities and the liveliest dining and entertainment establishments in the city.
According to experts, the gay residents transformed this area from being one of the roughest in the city, where street crimes were once rampant, into a bustling and lively space that welcomes everyone.
Home to the Jean-Talon Market, biggest market for the best fresh produce in Canada, Little Italy lives up to its name. It’s a predominantly Italian community which is now known for offering some of the best tastes, sounds, and culture.
While a lot of people now refer to Saint Leonard as the true Italian community in Montreal, it was all rooted in Little Italy. Now that it’s getting gentrified and seeing a lot of development, things are starting to slightly change.
This neighborhood is the perfect place to experience the great diversity of Montreal. It’s home to more than 100 ethnic communities which you can sample the taste of down the Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges. There you’ll find an assortment of Thai, Haitian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Cambodian, Chinese, British, American, French, and Italian eateries.
Housing prices in the area vary and make it a promising place to get a piece of Montreal real estate.
The Islands/Cité du Havre
The Islands aren’t your typical residential neighborhoods which makes it all the more interesting to live in. Home to the famous housing complex known as Habitat 67, you can certainly live in this urban archipelago. The housing prices can be quite steep though, so if you want to make the most out of your budget, other options might work better for you.
One of the most amazing things about Montreal is that each neighborhood has a very distinct character and charm to it. This tends to make it stand out from other modern cities around the globe as it also beautifully demonstrates the city’s diversity. No matter where you choose to reside, you’re sure to find a vibrant community and a beautiful place to live in.