There's no shortage of old building being transformed into beautiful condos in Montreal. When these renovations happen, they usually they tend to keep certain elements of the previous construction and blend it with new and modern designs.
This time however the living space has been completely remodeled from top to bottom. They've taken away all the traditional elements that normally survive these kinds of renovation such as the old wood beams and the exposed brick walls. You'd never know that this amazing contemporary loft created by the design and architecture firm ActDesign was actually a 100 year old refrigerator warehouse.
The loft is covered in gorgeous pieces of modern art from the homeowners private collection. The whole space is open concept and wraps around a big glass walled office that provides seclusion without any visual obstructions. There are a number of blue neon glowing lights spread throughout the loft that hug the ceilings and floors to give it a more modern feel. There is also a gorgeous modern bathroom with a huge shower room featuring his and hers shower heads and a large concrete pillar.
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."
Our city just looks good from any angle. On Monday, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet shared some dazzling new photos of Montreal and the South Shore from the International Space Station.
"Montreal, home of the [Canadian Space Agency] and the scene of Nadia Comăneci's feat at the 1976 Olympics...!" Pesquet captioned the photos.
He added that he has "many good memories" of the city from a year he spent here studying.
Pesquet's pics show downtown Montreal, the green heart that is Mount Royal Park, and the surrounding boroughs, as well as a bit of Longueuil.
He specifically highlighted the Olympic Stadium, visible at the top right of the first photo, and the Canadian Space Agency campus, the barely perceivable ellipse-shaped patch at the bottom right of the second photo, just below the runway of the Saint-Hubert Airport.
If you love the Gaspé Peninsula, you'll probably fall in love with this house for sale in the Quebec region, too. With the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence River passing directly through its backyard, this property makes you feel like you're on vacation all year round — and, at an asking price of $349,000, it's actually less expensive than a Montreal condo.
The charming one-and-a-half-storey home is located in the town of Cap d'Espoir on a lot of over 43,000 square feet.
On the main floor, there are two large living rooms as well as a kitchen and dining room that overlook the waterfront with their large windows. Upstairs, you'll find three bedrooms and a full bathroom. The house also has a powder room and wood stove.
Founder Corinne Asseraf "imagined the Gallery 203 as a place of discovery, of meeting and exchange between artists and art enthusiasts" and you can feel exactly that the second you walk through the doors.
The mastermind behind all of this, Asseraf, has such a warming, kind presence, which is reason enough to take a visit to Galerie 203 whenever you're strolling through Old Montreal. She let MTL Blog know that anyone and everyone is welcome in her gallery.