I believe Cote Saint-Luc is the best place to live and to raise a family. It is a place of great harmony, happiness and active, inter-generational participation. What a fantastic place to call home. This is a wonderful piece that appeared in the Montreal Gazette on June 3, 2017 written by an excellent business journalist, Megan Martin, who worked with me a few years ago at the Jewish General Hospital.

 

COMMUNITY SNAPSHOT

A look at CôteSt-Luc

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CITY OF CÔTE-ST-LUC
Renowned artist and local resident Shalom Bloom has donated 10 of his life-size animal sculptures to the city of Côte-St-Luc, which created a sculpture garden in the recently renovated Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.

 

Spread over seven square kilometres and located a mere 10 minutes from downtown Montreal, the cosy community of Côte-St-Luc is a suburban sanctuary. Home to roughly 34,000 residents, the city’s many green spaces, safe streets, and well maintained community services and facilities are a rare combination so close to Montreal’s core.

“I always say our mission statement is to provide services, facilities and programming in a compassionate environment in order to ensure that families and friends of all ages can enjoy meaningful experiences together and find happiness right here in Côte-St-Luc,” said Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. “We are a proud community and our residents expect excellence in service, infrastructure and programming, and we do our best to please.”

That’s why the city recently undertook projects to upgrade several of its facilities, including the community’s heavily used Aquatic and Community Centre.

“We created a sports corridor with a new and improved fitness room directly across from the changing rooms of our two indoor pools,” Mayor Brownstein said. “There’s also a new teen lounge and we’ve entered into a partnership with Le Rec Room to create a bouncy kids room and to provide 30 more birthday-party and programming options for children six years old and under.”

In addition to youth programs, the city makes it a point to cater to an older demographic as well. For instance, the Cummings Centre recently opened a drop-in centre for elderly people with dementia, which gives their caregivers a break.

“We have active senior men’s and women’s clubs at the ACC,” Brownstein added. “So you can see that our Aquatic and Community Centre has become a real intergenerational facility.”

In addition to these upgrades, the city also recently undertook a complete renovation of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, which will be inaugurated on July 1.

“We received a donation from the internationally renowned artist Shalom Bloom of 10 of his life-size animal sculptures and created a sculpture garden in the park, making it a destination for anyone visiting the island of Montreal,” Brownstein said.

Maintaining its green spaces has long been a priority for the city as it seeks to accommodate the growing number of young families moving to the area.

“Our community keeps getting younger,” the mayor said. “It’s a great place to live for people of any age who want to feel part of a caring community.”

For those exploring the idea of moving to Côte-St-Luc, the area has much to offer in terms of real estate.

A four-bedroom townhouse on Merrimac Rd. has an asking price of $429,000, while a two-bedroom condo on Macdonald Ave. is listed for $369,500. If you’re looking for more space, a five-bedroom, twostorey on McMurray Ave. is selling for $599,000, and a new four-bedroom home on Tommy Douglas St. is selling for just over $1 million.

“Many new townhouses have been successful, and a new luxury rental building being built at Cavendish Mall by BSR Group is highly anticipated,” said Saguy Elbaz, real-estate broker with Sotheby’s International Realty Québec.

“Luxury homes in the Cavendish Mall project are sold out and not many have come back on the market.”

In addition, a townhouse project on Parkhaven Ave. is almost complete, and a new apartment building is being built on the site as well. Another project containing townhouses and single-family homes was recently completed, and another multi-unit housing development is currently underway on Marc Chagall Ave.

“Côte-St-Luc is a great place to raise a family,” Elbaz said. “It’s a clean, safe and friendly neighbourhood with great local services.”

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