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Architectural style

The architectural style of this district is inspired by the grand hotels. Although “vintage”, all these homes are very well preserved, having been very well maintained over the years. 

The row and semi-detached houses built in series to accommodate the neighborhood’s demographic boom still looks great today. These homes give families plenty of space in the heart of the city. The buildings are connected by a masonry party wall, ensuring good sound insulation between the homes.

After the Second World War, NDG was chosen to house the families of veterans.  A number of apartment blocks were built for this purpose, and still bears witness to history to this day.

Lifestyle

 

NDG is a borough where Francophones and Anglophones live together peacefully. Its beating heart, Monkland Avenue, crosses the district from east to west. This is where families go out to eat and enjoy the local shops. Unsurprisingly, the homes on its outskirts are the most sought-after and, indeed, among the most expensive in the area. 

The mix of families, students and older people is what makes NDG so appealing.

It’s a radiant neighborhood thanks to its vegetation, its many parks, and offering a multitude of possibilities for sporting and cultural activities. Everything you need to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

The problem of houses

 

Certain problems are sometimes encountered with the houses in this neighborhood, particularly when it comes to their foundations. These were among the first to be poured, almost a century ago. They don’t last forever. Renovating the foundation of a house is a colossal undertaking. It requires considerable technical resources and a substantial budget. We therefore advise you to have a foundation inspection carried out before you buy your home. However, if you need to carry out renovation work, you can call on our team, and we’ll be happy to accompany you from conception to completion.

Renovation style

 

Renovations in this style of home often revolve around decompartmentalization spaces by, for example, knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room. This creates a more convivial, family-friendly space. 

Renovating the building envelope is also generally recommended to improve energy efficiency, increase comfort and save money in the long term.

As in other boroughs of Montreal, some renovations must be submitted to the UPAC (Urban Planning Advisory Committees), especially when they affect the exterior of the building or an adjoining part.