New data on the average rent price in Montreal suggests you'll have to look outside of the city's most popular neighbourhoods if you're looking for an apartment for under $1,000 per month... at least for now.
The data, compiled by liv.rent for its March Rent Report and shared with MTL Blog, shows average prices in nine areas on Montreal Island: the Plateau-Mont-Royal, downtown, Saint-Henri and Westmount, Verdun, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Côte-des-Neiges, Saint-Laurent, Ahuntsic–Cartierville, and Villeray–Parc-Extension.
What's the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment?
The breakdown for an unfurnished one-bedroom in each of the nine areas is as follows:
Saint-Henri and Westmount: $1,325/month
How about a two-bedroom?
This is what average rents for unfurnished two-bedrooms look like:
Saint-Henri and Westmount: $1,850/month
Where has rent gone up?
Despite these seemingly steep prices, liv.rent has also seen rent decrease in some of these areas since its February Rent Report.
In the Plateau and Saint-Laurent, for example, average prices for an unfurnished one-bedroom fell by 4.33% and 4.48%, respectively.
Verdun and Villeray–Parc-Extension, meanwhile, saw average one-bedroom rent increases of 6.69% and 7.19%, respectively.
According to a company spokesperson, liv.rent compiled this information by evaluating a broad range of postings (from apartments to townhouses and detached houses) on Craigslist, Zumper, Padmapper, Kijiji, Realtor.ca, and Centris.ca.
The evaluation excluded properties with rents of over $5,000 per month, room rentals and shared accommodations.
Just a block from the trendy rue Wellington and a riverside park, and three blocks from the De l'Église green metro line station, it offers a high quality of life and lots of space for a more reasonable price than you'll find in other boroughs.
A small sub-section of Côte-des-Neiges is home to speakers of 46 languages besides English and French, according to 2016 StatsCan data quoted by the CBC.
Some of the many languages spoken in this part of Montreal include Bamanankan, Tamil, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, and Fulah, among many others.
That's quite an impressive number of languages, especially since only 6600 people actually live in this neighbourhood.
The area isn't even a square kilometre in size, notes CBC, running from Darlington to Côte-des-Neiges Road and Jean-Talon to Van Horn. Here's a rough map for a visual.
According to some residents who spoke to CBC, diversity creates more diversity in the neighbourhood. Several immigrants said they only moved to the area because they knew of people from their home country who did the same.
Not that this particular part of CDN has always been a hotbed of linguistic diversity. It's been a long transformation, as the area used to be predominantly Jewish and Black, notes one resident.