When you think about a typical attic you tend to picture a dark, damp, unfinished room with a slanted ceiling and a couple of rats. Not exactly the place you'd want to live unless you're a poor university graduate moving back into his parents' home after realizing the job market is really tough.
This attic however, is in a league of its own. The architecture firm L. McComber ltée renovated the attic of a 135 year old home to turn it into a living/work space. By simply removing the sloped ceiling, nearly 5 feet of headroom was added. (And by simply adding a swing, they've made this editor really really jealous) When they were demolishing the roof of the building, the architects discovered that a flat roof had been added on top of the slanted roof during a previous renovation. Once the lower ceiling was removed, they added a window to brighten the space up.
The center of the living space houses a luxurious bathroom and the outside of it has been lined with shelves that wrap around the corners. The shelves themselves are made of wood salvaged from the old roof and the bottom shelf is larger than the rest to serve as a working desk.
Take a look inside the most beautiful attic in Montreal. All photos courtesy of Dwell.
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."
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.
Starting on June 30, new "large-scale garden installations" will be put up along avenue du Mont-Royal to "provide citizens with a summer experience tinged with slowness and gentle living, right in the heart of the Plateau," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
"With evocative themes such as La Roseraie, Le Jardin nourricier and Le Bosquet des lucioles, relaxation and appropriation zones, meeting points and a program of activities, make up an inspiring and original path for residents and Montrealers," the Société de développement de l'avenue du Mont-Royal said in the release.