I've been wanting to move to Montreal for like 5 years now. Finally it feels like I'm nearing the right time. I'll finish school in June, spend most of July with my little brother, write my final exams at the end of August that qualify me for Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation, and be in Montreal for September.
I'm a fast learner when I need to be, and here's what I've picked up about apartments in Montreal:
* Apartments are described by the total number of rooms, with the bathroom counting as half a room. So a 3 1/2 would typically be a bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom (like a one-bedroom in Toronto terms). A 1 1/2 would be a room and a bathroom (like a bachelor).
* In terms of cost, renting in Montreal is generally far more reasonable than Toronto, though prices are going up. From my experience, it's hard to find a bachelor in this city for less than $750/month (oh, and there are tonnes of basements), though a similarly-sized place in Montreal is closer to $500. Up until recently I had friends who lived in a 4 1/2 in Mile End for $375/month! They'd been there for like 14 years - I was sad not to inherit it.
* Many Montreal apartments have balconies, often two even. They may be small (like fire escape landings), but you'll likely find one off the front of the building and another off the back. Tall ceilings are also more common than here.
* Something like 80% of all leases in Montreal transfer on July 1. Supposedly this moving day is the craziest thing ever.
So I'm going to make use of this blog for my own personal gains by asking you the following:
Do you know someone who lives in Montreal?
Are you moving out of your apartment, or do you know someone (or know someone who knows someone) who might be making their place available in September (or even August or July)?
I am looking for a 3 1/2 probably, preferably in Mile End/Outremont or the Plateau. My dream home would have good light (I have lots of plants), hardwood floors (I'm allergic to carpet), a good kitchen (a kitchenette just ain't suitable for recipe testing) with gas stove (I can accept that they're hard to find though) and a decent freezer, a tub (what good's a bathroom without a bath?), balconies, a skylight (am I pushing it?) and nearby laundry. With all that being said though, I think I'm pretty flexible.
Oh, and I do not have a million dollars (though I'm aware that most Montreal apatments are not $325 like the 3 1/2 my good friend just gave up near Joliette metro station).
If you can help in any way I'd be greatly appreciative.
And yes, I know about craigslist.