With more than half of the planet's population now dwelling in urban areas, there's no question big-city living is where it's at nowadays. But with the increase in convenience and access made possible by the metropolis, a huge sacrifice of surface area is necessary, resulting in modern, albeit, tiny living spaces.
Working with only about 500 sq. ft., locally-based design and construction firm, L'Abri, stripped and completely transformed a tiny condo to create the totally unique The Drolet project in Montreal's Villeray area.
Capitalizing on the open-space concept, The Drolet project efficiently integrates multiple storing spaces and modular divisions along the lengths of its walls, to truly maximize every single square foot of the narrow property. These innovative features become an interesting part of the design, and offer stylish and functional living spaces with optimal comfort.
With growing rent and condo prices, this tiny living trendismore popular than ever. So learning to live in these smaller spaces, and investing in smarter design is becoming the best way to access property in the city.
From concept to delivery, L'Abri is building efficient, innovative, and functional properties, and properties like The Drolet project showcase just how effective the design-built approach can be. By offering both design and construction services, L'Abri creates unique, tailor-made spaces for residential, commercial and public projects that fit perfectly with today's urban lifestyles, without compromising on composition, comfort, or quality.
With fall just around the corner, Montrealers across the city are starting to plan their end-of-year moves. Searching for apartments in Montreal can be daunting, especially in a city with so many remodeled and affordable choices. But while rents have been generally reasonable, they tend to fluctuate depending on your hood of choice.
To make your life easier during this second apartment hunting season, we’ve combed through recently posted local rentals to find an example of apartments in 18 Montreal boroughs, all under $1,200/month.
From our famous bagels in Mile End to the foodie heaven that is Griffintown, each area has its own gems, so choose wisely!
Excluded from this list are apartments in Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, where rental units are few and far betweem.
Also missing are locations in the West Island, Westmount, Montréal-Est, and Town of Mount Royal, as they are independent municipalities on the Island of Montreal.
All of the apartment listings below are sourced from Kijiji and Rentals.ca, and vary in cost. Most of the listings are similar in price, and each of them reflects rent value in their respective boroughs.
If you’re totally obsessed with a listing, feel free to reach out and verify if the apartment is still available.
If the listing has been rented since the date this post was published, the link will no longer be accessible.
This warm-toned, renovated one-bedroom apartment in Ahuntsic-Cartierville sits at the top of a five-storey building and includes an elevator and sunshades. It's also close to three highways — a perfect location for a driver!
This ambery apartment is the perfect bachelor pad! It even has wooden panels separating the kitchen from the main room. The apartment building has a pool and a gym. Hot water, heating and its stainless steel appliances are included in the rent.
This pedestrian-friendly one-bedroom apartment looks like a concealed chalet within the confines of our metropolis. It's close to Joliette metro station and its fridge, stove, washer and dryer are all included.
This ultra-modern apartment on boulevard Henri-Bourassa E. has a gorgeous kitchen and is located in a building with 26 other apartments. There's also a huge balcony for your summer patio parties. Central air conditioning is included.
This open-concept condo has one closed bedroom and wood accents. It's located within a building that has indoor parking and a gym. Appliances are included, and it's a ten-minute walk to Du College metro station.
This newly renovated basement apartment in Saint-Léonard is right around the corner from the future blue line metro extension. Nothing is included, but the landlord has offered the possibility of renting appliances monthly.
It's not hard to find a suitable place downtown. This one is renovated and looks like an open-concept condo. What's more, it's located right near Concordia, so it's the perfect tiny loft for a student.
It's situated within an apartment building that includes heating, hot water, a fridge and a stove.
Have you been to Montreal's Mile-Ex yet? If you haven't, then I'm currently feeling just a little sorry for you. Situated right between Parc-Ex and the Mile End, Mile-Ex totally takes the best of both these boroughs and combines it into one seriously awesome Montreal spot.
What makes it so awesome? Well, friends, this vibrant borough is basically a hub of activity; there are tons of bars, restaurants, and parks for you guys to enjoy, lots of things to do, and plenty of awesome things to see. Honestly, it's no wonder so many people have been moving to this versatile borough in recent years, and Ateliers Castelnau puts you in the heart of it all.
Here are just a few reasons that make Mile-Ex Montreal's #1 borough to live in by 2018.
It's home to some of Montreal's trendiest restaurants!
Mile-Ex is home to some of Montreal's best eateries, including Dinette Triple Crown - famous for its beyond delicious fried chicken, and its adorable picnic basket meals - and Le Mile-Ex Restaurant, which just might be responsible for the borough's name.
This is great news for people who have yet to totally immerse themselves in Montreal famous foodie offerings, although, if I'm being honest, it's good news for everyone. There's no such thing as too much Dinette Triple Crown, friends. No such thing at all.
Le Ballpark, a relatively new spot focusing on serving up some on-point meatballs, is another that comes to mind, as does Spoum, a new ice cream shop specializing in an ice-cream/mousse mix.
And that's not even mentioning the super popular Manitoba Restaurant. Serving up locally-sourced, foraged ingredients, Manitoba is no doubt one of the trendiest restaurants in the city right now. So the fact that it's in the super trendy Mile-Ex neighbourhood? Yeah. Super, super fitting.
The fact that Alexanderplatz is knownto regularly throw block parties in the neighbourhood, complete with food trucks, picnic tables, and nightime markets, is a huge testament to how awesome this spot really is. So, if you're down for a whole lot of fun, and a drink or two surrounded my cool people, you know where you've got to go.
Then again, there are those of us who want a something a bit more chill, but still want some liveliness at the same time . For a little a mix of both, Mile-Ex boasts a ton of calmer - but still incredibly fun - brasseries, like Harricana. This contemporary spot offers up craft beers and beyond tasty food - including some seriously legit brunch options. Basically heaven.
You'll find some seriously affordable and luxurious condos.
If you'd love to call Mile-Ex home, you obviously need a sweet pad to call your own. One that won't cost you an arm and a leg (and the other leg), and that features all the urban comforts you're looking for. Inspired by the industrial charm of Mile-Ex' vibrant past, seamlessly mixed with the contemporary luxury of today, and perfectly situated close to just about everything, the Ateliers Castelnau project is a perfect example.
Looking at buying a condo in the near future? DevMcGill actually want you to shape the Ateliers Castelnau project yourself, before it completes construction. That means you get exactly what you want and your shiny new Mile-Ex can go from dream home to reality real estate, giving you legit the nicest place out of your friends. Get more info on that right here.
Being conveniently located right between Mile-End and Parc-Ex means that it's close to literally everything. Feel like swinging by St. Viateur for some bagels? Go for it. Want to head out to Olimpico for an espresso? No problem. Feel like dipping into Little Italy for some authentic Italian dishes? You'll be there in one minute, flat.
And if you're in the mood for takinga stroll through the vibrant and beautiful Marché Jean Talon, then have I got some good news for you. Your new home in Mile-Ex is super close to Marché Jean Talon, meaning you can head out there basically whenever - sans travel time. So, go ahead - stock up on some of the freshest food Montreal has to offer, and then head back to the coolest borough the city has to offer.
Not everyone's definition of fun involves sipping on drinks and soaking in the party vibes. That's cool. Mile-Ex also happens to have a whole lot of chill things to do, including visiting one of its many beautiful parks.
Jarry Park is particularly gorgeous, with a huge, beautiful fountain. However, Little Italy Park is just as breathtaking, as well, offering up a vast amount of green space and a gazebo. For an extra good time, pick up one of those picnic meals from nearby Dinette Triple Crown I mentioned, set up shop in the park, and enjoy your summer like a boss.
Never Apart is a gallery/creative space, with built-in theaters for screenings, a garden with a saltwater pool, and an archive of about 10,000 vinyl records! Its mission is to collaborate with local artists to help create positive social change and it regularly hosts events and exhibitions, often free and open to the public. Of course, Never Apart is just one of many art galleries in Mile-Ex, so if you've got the art bug, this borough has more than got you covered.
There's also the infamously eclectic Depanneur Le Pick Up. Part dep, part restaurant, and completely awesome; Depanneur Le Pick Up offers plenty of contemporary cool, all while preserving its vitnage feel. It's become a bit of an institution in Montreal, so friends, grab one seriously tasty breakfast while mingling with your fellow Mile-Ex'ers.
Sip the best coffee on your choice of friendly terrasses.
Coffee lovers rejoice! Mile-Ex is full of coffee shops for you to chill at and enjoy a hot (or cold?) cup of your fave. Two of the most notable right now are Café Guerrero and Dispatch Coffee, both of which offer a coffee experience unlike any other.
Chilling on Dispatch's beautiful terrasse is just one of the man ways to make sure you're truly enjoying your summer (slash life). The combination of beautiful Mile-Ex views, gorgeous summer weather, and high-key delicious Dispatch joe? One of the best feelings in the world, without a doubt.
Okay, raise your hand if you love shopping local and supporting Montrealers. Are all your hands up? Perfect. There's a huge concentration of locally-owned shops in Mile-Ex, like Fripe Fabrique and one of my personal faves - DOMO!
DOMO carries all kinds of Montreal-centric things, like house-ware and clothes. And when I say Montreal-centric, I really mean it. METRO signs, Expo 67 logos, and Olympic 76 designs are this shop's specialty. So if you want to show your love for your fave city, you know exactly which Mile-Ex shop you need to pop into.
Honestly, Mile-Ex has a vibe unlike any other. It manages to seamlessly blend the old with the new, making it both charmingly classic and vibrantly trendy all at the same time. Home to beautiful street art, contemporary shops, vintage factories, designers, artists, architects, tech professionals, and more; it's pretty much got everything you could ever ask for.
And the best part? This isn't even Mile-Ex's final form. The borough keeps growing and expanding, and if you want to contribute to its influence and growth, then you need to participate in DevMcGill's survey! Ateliers Castelnau literally let's you choose and design your perfect living space, so you not only get to showcase your personal style, but also help create a true reflection of the Mile-Ex vibe.
In love with Mile-Ex yet? Check out DevMcGill's website and Facebook Page to learn more about this awesome neighbourhood and the Ateliers Castelnau project.
Not everyone is a fan of Lord of the Rings. However, despite this fact, everyone in the world seems to be a fan of Hobbit homes.
These tiny microhome-styled huts are built right into the hills, with roofs covered in grass, and of course those iconic round doors and windows.
They are simply adorable.
And now you have a chance to actually live inside a Hobbit House and you won't need to travel to Middle Earth to find one.
A Quebec company called Entre Cimes et Racines offers many different lodging options including a stay in a Hobbit House and they're only located about an hour away from Montreal. The room costs about $135 a night.
This is first ever underground dwelling available for rent in Quebec. It fits up to 4 people and it comes with a dining area, a kitchenette and bedroom with double bunk beds.
Small is the new big in the real estate world, in case you hadn't heard. With the (not very tall) rise of micro-homes taking the real estate spotlight off and online, people are going super small when it comes to new homes. Even Montreal is getting with the small.
For those who aren't in the know, a micro-home is the result of the "small house movement," a recent real estate development that favours less square feet in a house, as they are inherently more affordable, practical, and environmentally friendly than a larger home. No clear definition exists to what makes a micro-home, but generally it's a title given to homes between 400 square feet and 1,000 square feet.
But even if the concept of a micro-home is totally foreign to you, and you're currently scratching your head asking "how the hell can someone live in a literal shoe box?" then you're in luck, because you can experience the micro-lifestyle this weekend at Montreal's pop-up Micro-Housing Village.
Put on as part of the ExpoHabitation (or Montreal HomeExpo for the Anglophones) at the Olympic Stadium, the Micro-Housing Village will feature five different micro-constructions created by five different architectural firms. Each home will vary in size and amenities, but all will showcase just how much one can get out of a home that isn't very large, with the end goal of persuading local municipalities, builders, and homeowners to be open to the micro-home movement.
There's a lot more than tiny houses going at ExpoHabitation, in case miniature real estate really isn't your thing. A huge "Flavours, Arts & Crafts Pavilion" will be on-site, allowing you to taste the delicious wares of local vendors, along with seminars, exhibitors, and presentations having to do with all things about owning and building a home.
The Micro-Housing Village and ExpoHabitation itself begins this Thursday, October 22nd and runs until Sunday, October 25th, ending at 5pm. For more information and details, head to ExpoHabitation's official website here.