Most apartments in Montreal have a certain reputation. Charming spiral staircases in spring become ice-covered treks by winter. Once-amusing wonky floors make you feel seasick, and your landlord still hasn't replied about the hot water problem.
If you're a longtime Montrealer or someone who is calling the city home for the first time, consider this an intervention. It doesn't have to be this way!
Conveniently located in downtown Montreal is an apartment building that's super well thought out and loaded with amenities. It's a place where they do something when your dishwasher breaks.
Called LaCité, this residence has everything you could need (and maybe a few things you didn't know you needed) all in one place. Essentials like 24-hour security, on-site laundry and storage lockers are part of the community here, of course, but what makes this building that much more impressive are the added bonuses.
LaCité is pretty much a city unto itself, and one of the few places in Montreal that takes all-in living to the next level. We're talking access to a full-service health and wellness facility complete with a fitted-out gym, tennis court and even a heated outdoor pool with a swim-up bar for relaxing all summer long.
LaCité also connects directly to underground shopping at Les Galeries Du Parc. That's a plus in any season, but especially during winter when other folks have to battle the snow to access the shops from outside.
You can literally take the elevator, do your grocery shopping at Metro, grab your toiletries from Uniprix, stop at the SAQ for a bottle of vino and be back in your apartment, all without even having to put on a coat.
You're also just a few steps away from Marché Eden's organic grocery store, Cinéma du Parc and a whole bunch of delicious restaurants like Le Restaurant Dumpling Shop, Farrouj and Tipsy Cow for classic bar food.
Each unit includes plenty of windows for natural light and air conditioning. Heating, hydro and hot water are also included in the rent, as are your appliances. Tenants cover their internet and furniture - that's it.
Also, every unit is pet-friendly. Which is a big deal in Quebec, where a survey conducted in 2015 revealed only 4.2% of landlords allow dogs.
And now that Rover has a lovely place to call home, there are some of the city's more iconic areas to explore all within walking distance, like Parc Jeanne Mance, the Plateau, Quartier des Spectacles and Montreal's downtown.
If you're a student, living at LaCité could probably add a lot of convenience to your busy schedule, especially since it’s just a five-minute walk from McGill. With all the amenities included, knowing it's all taken care of back home can help you focus on other things and enjoy your free time.
Just think of shopping on Ste-Catherine, strolling through Place des Arts or taking time to spot street art on St-Laurent. Add to that an outdoor picnic at the foot of Mont-Royal and this, friends, is what it means to be living life to the fullest.
Units range from neat studio apartments to four-bedroom suites perfect for sharing with three of your closest friends (and your two cats). And if you have family visiting (when we're all allowed to see each other again), LaCité offers fully-furnished, short-term stays available for a minimum of one month.
Plus, whenever you might need help with something, LaCité has a 24-hour customer-care system that can be accessed by phone or the web. Just call up the 100% bilingual team to have your problem fixed within 24 hours.
If how you live is just as important to you as where you live, there are a few reasons you may want to look to LaCité for your next Montreal apartment.