The SpaceThe location of this sunny, 1,100 square-foot, iconic Montreal triplex flat (ca. 1910---famous curly iron fire escape and all ;-)) is:
---Just southwest of the downtown core
---100 metres from a subway station
---A 10-min. walk from the 747 shuttlebus stop, the first stop from the airport
---A 5-minute walk to the fabulous Atwater Market and every other kind of amenity
---100 metres from the Lachine Canal parklands and bike path
Staying here makes for a really nice visit, and a fun and inexpensive way for small families or groups of friends to vacation together in comfort and with very easy access to all the best this fantastic city has to offer, which I'm happy to direct you to as best I can.
In every respect, my place can very comfortably accommodate a travelling party of 3, in two closed, private, bright, comfortable guest rooms, each containing a standard double bed. (Please see what follows the ** at bottom of this description box for details and instructions as to how to make the kind of reservation request you intend.)
Beyond your clean, cozy, private room(s) with WiFi, comfy double bed(s)---with a renovated bathroom that's a pleasure to use beside them---I encourage you to relax and to make full use of the spacious common areas of the apartment just as you like.
Beyond the privacy of their rooms, my visitors are welcome to hang out in the large central living room and to use the big kitchen and back deck as if they were their own. By all means, "flomp" on one of the big couches in the living room; feet up; with a book, listening to your music on my speakers; spread the city map out that I've lent you and ask me which mountain lookout has the best view; cook a full meal in the kitchen at whatever hour you like. If you are comfortable enough to act as if you were my nice roommate, I will be pleased.
Each guest room has drawers for you to put your clothes in if you like. Clothes can easily be hung on a hook with hangers behind the door to each room.
Though all the rooms of the apartment save the bathroom get loads of natural light, the window of the guest room with greens, blues and a cream-coloured dresser ("east-facing") gets lots of morning light in summer, and gives onto the the back porch and courtyard; the other (the "west-facing" room), with beige and grey and a vanity with a large mirror, is bathed in afternoon light year-round and faces rue Charlevoix.
The renovated bathroom is located between the two guest rooms, which is very convenient---meaning that shy or very private people can get to all they need and out the door again without having to cross paths with me much, if at all, if that's what they would like to do.
The shower's water pressure is great, and in the bathroom there's a deep shelf under the sink, towel racks, and several drawers there for you too. I will provide you with a fresh towel, and you're welcome to use my humble soaps, shampoo, and conditioner. There's a basic hairdryer here too.
In the spacious kitchen I have lots of counter space, all manner of pots, pans, non-fancy kitchen tools and a microwave for you to use; at least a full shelf in the short fridge; and a kitchen cupboard that's just for your things.
The apartment is beautifully laid-out for several people to share freely without awkwardness, and for different people to do their own thing in at the same time. For example, as soon as you come into the entrance hallway, you can glimpse the big living room and kitchen and can see what's going on and, if something is and you prefer to be alone, you can go right into the bedroom at the front of the apartment for some solitude, if that's the one you chose.
The common areas are generously sized, making it easy and comfortable for my guests to cook a meal in the kitchen at the same time I'm fixing a snack, for example. In warm months, the back porch off the kitchen (right next to a big, leafy tree)---which can very comfortably seat six people---can serve as another private social space. The living room is big enough for three friends to be on the couches having their own conversation over coffee while I sit at the dining table on my computer without this being weird for anyone.
When the Humidex temperature rises to the low 30s (we have these heat waves about five times a summer in Montreal), I set a powerful air conditioner into the living room window to relieve us. Each guest room also has its own electric fan with which to maintain sanity at such times. ;-)
Only in very exceptional circumstances do I ever *want* to host more than one guest party at a time. When such a very special circumstance arises (which is once yearly), I will always tell the party who's already booked everything I can about the details of the situation and ask them to tell me frankly what they would think of another party staying. There would be options, possibly remedies on offer in such a situation. I would never book the second party without the blessing of the first.
** The nightly rate is determined by a combination of the number of guest rooms to be prepared and the total number of guests in a party.
Here's how it works, and what to do:
If 1 or 2 people want the use of 1 guest room, the base rates are:
-- $36 CAD/night (January through February)
-- $38 CAD/night (March 1 through 15)
-- $40 CAD/night (March 16 through 31)
-- Variable through high season of April through October. Please see calendar for details.
If you are 2 people who each want a double bed and closed guest room all to yourselves, please enter your enquiry or booking request as if you were a party of 3. (Enter '3.') This will automatically generate the correct subtotal.
If you are a party of 3, just enter '3' and all will come out correctly.
Though my place can easily accommodate 4 people for sleeping, I have found that, while OK, it's not optimal for 5 people to live here at once. Four people (including me) aren't ever "on top of" each other here, but with 5, there might be a little waiting for this or that, time to time. That's why I'm always very happy to accept bookings for up to 3 people, but would only consider accepting parties of 4 if they'd be happy with what they're getting into and only want to stay for a short time.
I want to make sure everybody feels contented and at ease while they're here, i.e., not waiting 45 minutes for the bathroom on a busy morning!
If you could let me know in your reservation request:
-- your approximate E.T.A. for the day of arrival
-- which guest room you'd like me to prepare for you
. . . much obliged!
Thanks for checking out my listing!
If you've read my descriptions and find that your question is still unanswered, please feel free to ask me whatever it is.
::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Guest AccessGuests are encouraged to make themselves at home in all common areas of the apartment (i.e., everywhere but my bedroom/office), including the big living room/dining room, back porch and kitchen.
Interaction with GuestsI am a friendly person who, once you're here, will be happy to tell you whatever I can about what you're looking for in this fabulous city. Though I myself am extroverted, I have many introverted loved ones and know how to give lots of space and quiet to those who want it. If I'm around and you'd like to have a glass of wine with me and tell me about your day, that's great. If you're more a "just need the bed, thanks" kind of traveller, that's great also. I have been both myself, and have very much enjoyed my Airbnb experiences. I want yours to be wonderful too.
Whenever I sense my guests want more privacy, or if I do, I retreat to my big 'sleeping office' for a while and work, eat, or do whatever else, and give them some space.
À noter : En dépit du fait que je casse mon français partout (désolée en avance !), je le parle assez bien à être facilement compris neuf fois sur dix, et ma compréhension du français écrit et parlé est mieux. The NeighborhoodIf you're coming to Montreal for conferences downtown, one of Montreal's many summer festivals: MUTEK, Mondial de la Bière, Grand Prix, St-Jean, the jazz fest, Les Francofolies, Just For Laughs, Divers/Cité, Osheaga, Piknic Électronik; or its many art and architecture museums, this place is very convenient to them all.
Via metro you could step out into the Quartier des Spectacles in 20 minutes or less; to the gay village in 25 or less. :::: Downtown is so close you could walk to the beginning of the bustling rue Ste-Catherine main shopping drag in 20 minutes if you wanted. :::: The SGW campus of Concordia University is 3 metro stops or a half-hour walk away. McGill is just 5 metro stops away. :::: For those who want to spend a lot of their time in the Plateau district, or Jean-Talon Market/Little Italy, you can get there quickly and easily by metro too. :::: You can also easily access Mile End, "Mile Ex," Park Extension and Villeray by taking the green line right by this place to metro Place des Arts, then taking the frequent 80 bus north up av. du Parc. I do this all the time: it usually takes 30–40 mins door-to-door. :::: If you wanted to go further southwest and sample one of the terrific restaurants or the microbrewery Benelux in Verdun, the green metro line or a 107 bus to take you there is a one-minute walk away.
Point-St-Charles---just southwest of the downtown core; adjacent to the neighbourhoods Little Burgundy and St-Henri to the north; Verdun to the west; Griffintown to the east---is one of the oldest in Canada. It was first settled by French colonists in the early 1600s and was home to native peoples for at least 7 millenia before that. ("Quebec" is an Algonquian word.) Point-Saint-Charles's name derives from the arrowhead shape formed by its boundaries.
"The Point," as it's frequently and affectionately called by its denizens, has a history going back at least 150 years as a low-income neighbourhood full of English-speaking and French-speaking labourers of Irish and Quebecois descent, respectively. The construction of the Lachine Canal in along its northern border employed a great many PSC families in the late 19th century, as did the many factories that sprang up along it, employing still more through the 1950s. The Northern Electric Company (which later became the communications giant Nortel) employed many thousands from the 1910s through the 1960s. The imposing Nortel Building, since the early 2000s full of design and advertising shops, and currently undergoing massive renovation into condos as well, remains the largest brick building in the world.
Mostly a quiet residential neighbourhood, The Point has a unique character in several respects.
It is one of the few places in Quebec in which you are exactly as likely to hear your neighbours and local shopkeepers speak in English as in French---people commonly speak both languages with each other within the same conversation! Many unilingual anglophone families have long lived here.
The Point has a long and rich history of community organizing. For example, the prototypical structure for the most common kind used by legal clinics in the rest of North America began with the Point's one. Saint Columba House, a charity and community centre run by the United Church, has been providing services and a place to meet, recreate, and organize to the neighbourhood since 1926.
Old-timer PSC residents, especially, are very proud of the friendly helpfulness typical of the people who call this place home. Though a relative newcomer, I've been the happy recipient of this kind of treatment on several occasions---more often than I have been in the other five Montreal neighbourhoods in which I've lived.
For the last several years, Bangladeshi families have been opening businesses along the northeast corner of rue Centre and Charlevoix. El Raji's grocery store, where I (too often) buy delicious samosas, is a favourite of mine. I also like the pastries and sandwiches from the Polish bakery, Goplana, on the southeast corner of the same streets.
There are a tremendous number of condos being built along the Lachine Canal these days, and the neighbourhood is changing. More and more artsy students and forward-thinking yuppies are taking advantage of the relatively lower housing costs in PSC and its very convenient proximity to downtown.
This wave of gentrification began for the neighbourhood of St-Henri right across the Charlevoix Bridge from chez-moi 20 years ago, so a guest of mine who has landed on the northern border of rough-around-the-edges PSC where I live might be surprised to find themselves in a different world of 750K, industrial-conversion lofts; a very expensive, world-renowned restaurant (Joe Beef), a Starbucks, and an overpriced health food store and cupcake shoppe just three blocks north of here, with the yuppie Atwater Market just a few steps further, on the other side of the canal. Getting AroundThere are few lodgings as convenient to a metro (subway) station---the most efficient, inexpensive and, outside of rush hours, easiest-on-the-nerves way to get around the city---as mine is. You can see Charlevoix metro station from my front porch! It's just 1.5 short blocks down the street.
A 10-minute walk away, next to the Lionel-Groulx metro station, is the first stop of the 24-hour 747 special municipal shuttlebus that comes from the airport. This is the cheapest way to get from the airport to here ($10 fare vs. $40 flat taxi rate), and many of my guests find it to be very convenient.
The Gare d'Autocars (central bus station) is 8 metro stops and the Megabus station is 4 metro stops from my apartment (i.e., 20 to 25 minutes away by metro.)
All amenities a person could want are within a 7-minute walk from my home: abundant artisanal, regular, farmer's market, and international grocery shopping / liquor store / bakery / pharmacies / restos, fine dining, bars, coffee shops, diners / post office.
If you're coming to Montreal for conferences downtown, one of Montreal's many summer festivals: MUTEK, Mondial de la Bière, Grand Prix, St-Jean, the jazz fest, Les Francofolies, Just For Laughs, Divers/Cité, Osheaga, Piknic Électronik; or its many art and architecture museums, this place is very convenient to them all.
Via metro you could step out into the Quartier des Spectacles in 20 minutes or less; to the gay village in 25 or less. :::: Downtown is so close you could walk to the beginning of the bustling rue Ste-Catherine main shopping drag in 20 minutes if you wanted. :::: The SGW campus of Concordia University is 3 metro stops or a half-hour walk away. McGill University is just 5 metro stops away. :::: For those who want to spend a lot of their time in the Plateau district, or Jean-Talon Market/Little Italy, you can get there quickly and easily by metro in 25 minutes or less. :::: You can also easily access Mile End, "Mile Ex," Park Extension and Villeray by taking the green line right by this place to metro Place des Arts, then taking the frequent 80 bus north up av. du Parc. I do this all the time: it usually takes 30–40 mins door-to-door. :::: If you wanted to go further southwest and sample one of the terrific restaurants or the microbrewery Benelux in Verdun, the green metro line or a 107 bus to take you there is a one-minute walk away.
Adonis, an incredible, huge, international grocery store with lots of delicious, fresh, prepared meals and desserts, with an emphasis on Mediterranean food; little Chinatown (rue Ste-Catherine Ouest between rue Fort and rue Guy), Concordia University, and the western downtown core are less than a 30-minute walk away.
In summer, bikes can be rented from a place (Ma Bicyclette) a couple of blocks away. (The Lachine Canal bike path, almost at my door, is part of hundreds of kilometres of park and street paths in Montreal.)
There are also BIXI bike stands at 2 and 3 blocks' distance from here.
Taxis are always around on major streets and throughfares and you can phone to have one come to you at any time if you can't flag one down in the street.
It is very easy to park your car for free very near my house, but I suggest you leave it there for most of your visit as both traffic and parking tend to be an unholy nightmare everywhere else in Montreal. Other Things to NoteFree nearby parking is plentiful at all times. Very rarely is it the case that guests can't park directly in front of my building or directly across the street for their whole stay. (See bottom of this box for details.)
The neighbourhoods just across the canal from here (Griffintown, to the east of where rue Charlevoix meets rue Notre-Dame Ouest, and Saint-Henri, to the west of there) have been gentrifying at breakneck speed the last several years. This is now a 'foodie' neighbourhood in terms of grocery and restaurant offerings. Many critics' darlings and otherwise highly-rated new restaurants can now be found in the Southwest borough of Montreal, as well as an old but big kid on the block -- one of Anthony Bourdain's all-time favourite joints, Joe Beef -- just four blocks away.
Access to Highway 15/the Decarie Expressway from here couldn't be easier nor could picnicking by the water in a pretty national park. I don't think listings in any neighbourhoods other than Pointe St-Charles can claim that! :-)
There's a gas station at a stone's throw from chez-moi.
Near the bike rental and repair place across the bridge from the Atwater Market (south side of Lachine Canal) you can rent kayaks and paddle boats by the hour---another special feature to this unique location.
The only times you cannot park right in front of my building are between 7:30 and 8:30 AM, Thursdays, between April 1st and December 1st.
Right across the street, parking is prohibited between the same hours of the same months on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Parking on neighbouring streets is also minimally restricted and ample.
After heavy snowfalls, pay attention as to whether there are short, bright orange, temporary signs put up along the sidewalks near your vehicle. These would indicate exceptional no-parking hours coming up for that location for that evening or next morning. Cars need to be elsewhere during those hours so snow removal can be done.