The location of Outremont, on the other side of Mount Royal from downtown, provides the name for this upscale district, the francophone counterpart of Westmount.
The location also creates a calm and tranquil neighbourhood, with a lot of greenery, large trees, climbing ivy, parks, and private yards. Reflecting the social composition of the area, the architecture is traditional: opulent houses, luxurious apartments, plexes with character.
Typical inhabitants of Outremont include wealthy families, French expatriates attracted by Collège Stanislas, doctors and other professionals, and university professors due to the proximity of the campus of the Université de Montréal-Polytechnique-HEC. Traditional values and financial comfort are the norm. Worth noting is the presence of an important Hasidic Jewish community in the east of the neighbourhood, around Hutchison Street.
Life in the neighbourhood, animated but peaceful, maybe a bit stilted, is organized around Bernard Street, Laurier West, and also Van Horne Street. There you can find specialty food shops, beautiful open air cafes, restaurants with reputations beyond the borders of Outremont like Les Enfants Terribles, and above all the Outremont Theatre, a flagship of Montreal’s cultural life with classic and diversified events.
My day in Outremont: bring the kids to school, drink a coffee on the terrasse, see my patients in the office, go out to the theatre.
- Density of 6000 inhabitants/km2: Outremont is a residential neighbourhood, tranquil but lively, very family-friendly.
- Access to downtown via the blue line to the orange line takes a minimum of 40 minutes.
- You can do everything on foot and live without a car in Outremont, a little bubble at the heart of the island.
- Shops and life of the neighbourhood centered on Laurier, Bernard and Van Horne: bakeries, cafes and major restaurants. The bagel shops of Mile-End are right nearby.
- Fast and easy access to the more bustling Plateau and Mile-End.
My home in Outremont: apartment or manor, the historic charm is expensive, renovated or not…
- 54% owner occupied: to buy, count on $600,000 for an apartment with 2 to 3 bedrooms, $2+ million for a house. To rent, expect a minimum of $2000/month for an apartment with 1-2 bedrooms.
- 58% are buildings with less than 5 floors and 21% are individual houses: beautiful houses at higher elevations, apartments with warm wood paneling in traditional plexes.
- 75% of buildings were constructed before 1960. Some beautiful options were renovated with respect for their historic charm.
- Few parking options unless you have the means to own a house in Outremont.
My neighbours in Outremont: French expatriates, doctors and university employees, wealthy retirees, Hasidic Jewish families
- 60% of the population has a university education. A lot of intellectual professions (doctors, lawyers, professors).
- 30% of inhabitants earn more than $150,000 per year.
- 75% non-immigrants, 2/3 Francophones, Outremont is fairly homogenous (with the exception of the Hasidic Jewish community).
- Population evenly distributed among age groups.
- 46% of families are couples with children.
My children in Outremont: green spaces, beautiful houses, and excellent francophone schools, paradise!
- 4 francophone schools, all excellent!
- No anglophone schools, the closest is Bancroft in neighbouring Mile-End.
- 1 alternative school.
- Several private options.
- Parks, playgrounds, children’s pools, sports facilities and recreation centres are numerous!