Villeray, which provides easy access to Jean-Talon Market and Jarry Park, ranked number 18 on Time Out's list of "The 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the world" — one spot behind Noord, Amsterdam, and one spot ahead of Surry Hills, Sydney.*
Although Verdun was ranked number 11 on the same list in 2020, it didn't make the cut this year.
In a blurb about Villeray for Time Out, Montreal editor JP Karwacki described the north-central neighbourhood as "an obvious (and deserved)" pick thanks to its "gemstone parks," central location, diversity and "burgeoning food and drink scene."
"If you didn't meet up with friends for beers, food and a spot of culture at one of Jarry Park's impromptu festivals [...] What can we say, pretty much everyone else did," wrote Karwacki.
He recommended grabbing coffee along Place de Castelnau, visiting Jean-Talon Market, shopping at Plaza St-Hubert, grabbing drinks at Bar Le Record and trying out one of the area's many delicious eateries — whether it be pizza from Vesta, panzerotti and natural wine from Knuckles or dining in at Tapeo, Tandem or Moccione.
Villeray is one of just two Canadian neighbourhoods to make Time Out's list this year. The other is Vancouver's Mount Pleasant, which was ranked number 40.
Villeray beat out neighbourhoods in Paris, Abu Dhabi, and Tokyo for its spot.
The map was created by real estate broker Charlyse Amoussou to give you an idea of real estate prices in different parts of the city. Note that the data was collected (using Centris) from January to mid-September 2021.
"Prices are listed for condos sold within a 1km radius of each metro station," the broker said on Instagram.
Amoussou previously made the same type of map to illustrate median condo prices between January and December 2020, which is useful if you want to compare and contrast the two time periods.
According to the maps, prices seem to be on the rise, especially in neighbourhoods located at the ends of the transportation network. For example, the median price of a condo near the Montmorency station in Laval was $250,000 last year, jumping to $298,000 now.
The area around the Laval metro stations is still the most budget-friendly option on the map, as well as the area around Saint-Michel station, where the median condo price is $285,000.
There also seem to be buying opportunities in the eastern part of the city because, from Papineau to Honoré-Beaugrand stations, the median price of condos is under $400,000.
Outremont and Édouard-Montpetit stations have the highest condo prices on the map, with median prices of $637,000 and $824,000, respectively.
There's a proposal to build a massive new beach in Montreal along the Saint Lawrence River in the Ville-Marie neighbourhood of Sainte-Marie.
The beach would sit just north of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Montrealers would be able to access it from the Parc du Pied-du-Courant via a universally accessible, 60-metre elevated walkway over the CP and Port of Montreal tracks that, right now, form a barrier between the water and neighbourhood.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, group president Victor Balsis explained the latest beach idea takes into account feedback from both the port and City of Montreal. He also said that Les AmiEs has attempted to open dialogue with candidates in the federal and municipal elections.
"As the federal and municipal elections are upon us, these issues are more pertinent than ever," Balsis said.
"Although most of these proposals concern federally owned assets, these issues require close coordination with our municipal government which is normally responsible for urban issues on a local level."
"We have reached out to a few parties/candidates but have not heard back on these specific proposals."
Median condo prices in the Montreal area are up 20% compared to last August, according to a report by the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB). But some areas saw even bigger price increases.
The report looked at several general areas within the greater metro area, including Montreal Island, the North and South Shore, Laval, and the MRC of Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
Of these, the report shows the North Shore saw the biggest increase in median condo prices between August 2020 and August 2021 with a 27% jump.
The QPAREB used data from Centris for the report and calculated median prices by dividing "all transactions into two equal parts: 50 percent of transactions concluded at a lower price than the median price and 50 percent concluded at a higher price."
The association noted that "some transactions may be excluded from the calculation to obtain a more meaningful median price."