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Montreal Gazette. Publié le 5 novembre 2017 par Lynne Robson
Dreams can come true
Eve Drouin sells “dreams that come true.” She is the project co-ordinator of 3-33 DuCanal, which is the street address of “the last piece of developable waterfront in Lachine.” And it is the word “waterfront” that defines the project. “None of our clients were looking to buy, they were not active buyers. They are people who wandered by and came to take a look. They say: ‘I always dreamed of living on the waterfront and now I can.’ ”
Well, they can if they have a million dollars or more. The homes will vary between 1,800 square feet to about 2,400 square feet and cost between $1 million and $1.4 million before taxes. Four of the 10 units are sold or reserved.
On one side of the property is the Lachine Canal; on the other, the St. Lawrence River and a view of the Mercier Bridge. Immediately beside the property is Parc René Lévesque, while in front there are bike paths and the marina. “Everyone who comes here says I feel like I am on vacation,” Drouin says. Keeping that vacation zen means every bedroom of every house has a view of water. The houses have huge windows and 9X15 foot patio doors. “They are the canvasses of the exterior.”
Who is buying all these luxurious homes? Drouin, Broccolini and Laporte all agree: Montrealers. Stories abound about international buyers and Canadians fleeing the overheated housing markets in Vancouver and Toronto, but the developers of these luxury properties have seen very few foreign investors. The vast majority of their sales are to locals looking for something unique.
“In our case,” says Drouin, “this is mostly about downsizing. Our clients are Montreal business people or professionals. Their kids are gone and they feel ‘it is my turn.’ One of her buyers is completely opening the second floor into a master suite with a tiny kitchen and a work studio. Another wants an elevator built from the garage in the basement to the rooftop terrace. “This is luxury for them, a home designed for them. A home they will live in for a long time.”