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A two-storey house is the best that the Plateau has to offer to households. Privacy for everyone and more space than in a typical Plateau apartment. A multitude of local shops. And if the house is on a secondary street like Marie-Anne rather than a transit route (think of Papineau or Saint-Denis), neighborhood life will turn out to be alive without harming the ears …
“When a neighbor organizes a supper in the courtyard, it never lasts until 3 am”, illustrates Michèle, the relaxed sixties and owner of the house.
This Frenchwoman was drawn to Quebec by her hunter husband. Even a snowmobile trip in Nunavut (by -48o) had not discouraged the businessman’s wife. Good bye Paris! They settled in this neighborhood which reminded them of their other life. “We have our little shoemaker, our butcher, we know our neighbor, we know very well that we are not alone,” argues Michèle, sitting on a Roche Bobois sofa moved from Paris.
“It had taken a while [to find this triplex], because there weren’t many full [rent-free] triplexes for sale,” she said. Under their leadership, this triplex became a three-story house in 2004.
“We have this large volume and light,” continues the lady, pointing to the more formal living room lit by three roof windows: it is an extension above the old inner courtyard – like the master bedroom in the floor below and the summer dining room built at the bottom, on the garden level. “In summer, we live more in the garden.” Winter? They live upstairs!
The interior staircase runs along a brick wall. The irregular saffron-colored fittings bring warmth and texture to several of the 11 rooms, including the winter dining room. The adjoining kitchen is not very large, but in the mornings you can go out for coffee on the wire mesh balcony. A spiral staircase descends to the courtyard overlooking the northwest. There, flat stones and rockery invite you to relax.
Advantage: the summer dining room is on the ground floor. Wooden French windows open onto this courtyard, making it possible to step into the polished concrete floor of this cool room outside.
The adjoining floor contains an office, “the granddaughters’ room” and the master bedroom far from the street as in Haussmannian apartments. Under high ceilings, there is also a new bathroom with slate floor and shower cabin with steam and light therapy. There are several built-in pieces of furniture. Let’s just name the cupboards of the main wardrobe and the recomposed wooden chest of drawers (Italian veneer) designed by interior designer Franck Perez, hired by the couple in 2004. This piece of furniture occupies the bottom of a niche near the hall. ‘Entrance.
“My clients had a multitude of sculptures and small objects to exhibit,” explains Mr. Perez. The idea was to convert all the old door and window openings into niches. ”Illuminated, built-in shelves punctuate almost all the walls, finally those that have remained standing since the conversion.
This house was the subject of an article entitled Le Plateau des millionionnaires in La Presse shortly after the expansion and redevelopment work (in 2004). At the time, Michèle and Roland did not intend, “but then not at all”, to leave the place anytime soon. But eight years later, their situation has changed. They bought a farm and their townhouse, “already big for two”, is too much.
Asking price: $ 1,289,000, without parking. The 2800 sq. Ft. it. estimated living space could easily accommodate three generations (the basement has a separate entrance). The last real estate assessment establishes the value of the building at $ 767,100 and that of the land at $ 211,500. Tray of millionaires? More and more, alas.
Property in brief
Asking price: $ 1,289,000.
Year of construction: 1900.
Number of rooms: 11, including 3 bedrooms + 3 bathrooms + 1 powder room
Includes light fixtures, appliances, wall air conditioner, built-in furniture
Municipal assessment (2012): $ 978,600.
Property tax (2012): $ 8,909
School tax (2011): $ 1,851
Close to restaurants and small shops on Mont-Royal Avenue, La Fontaine Park, an elementary school and the Mont-Royal metro.