City Living with Wee Ones

“Our home is a service point for city living,” says Leïla, a substitute teacher who’s completing her education degree. In fact, it’s why she and her husband, Marc-André, a Montreal city inspector, chose to live in this condo with their three children, Adèle (age 6), Jules (age 4) et Olive (age 1).
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Located in the Plateau near Saint-Louis Square, the flat is at the ground level of a triplex. When they chose this place, Leïla and Marc-André made a firm commitment to urban living. They mostly get around on foot to enjoy a host of nearby activities. They’re a stone’s throw from the Grande Bibliothèque, the Quartier des Spectacles, several parks, Adèle’s school, and a metro station, in case they want to jaunt over to the Beaubien Cinema to enjoy the theatre’s free programming.

All About the Alley

Before moving into the condo in 2013, the couple was renting another Plateau pad. Because it was on the third floor, it became increasingly inconvenient. So Leïla started casually searching for properties online, if only to satisfy her curiosity. At a first glance, the photos of their current home were far from appealing, but when she saw pictures of the back alley, she decided to book a visit through a real estate agent. When she and her husband saw the condo in the flesh, they quickly realized it was exactly what they were looking for.

“We wanted something in this neighbourhood, with the same historic character,” Leïla explains. “This triplex is very typical of the Plateau, with its little back alleyway. I immediately saw our life here with the kids; with my daughter drawing on the table, and my son playing in the alley.”

A Vibrant Neighbourhood

Their living space may not be huge, but it’s certainly charming and it completely suits the needs of this little urban family. The three children share the largest room, but it’s not cluttered or overstocked. “We have a ‘one in, one out’ policy,” Marc-André says of accumulating toys and clothing for the children. As for the green alley in the back, it gives the grown-ups and their wee ones a chance to get to know their neighbours and to make friends.

“There are more and more families coming to the alley. We organize many parties and barbecues. Once the tables are set, everyone brings their food. The alley plays a crucial role in our neighbourhood life,” Leïla concludes, just as her eldest daughter Adèle says hello to the woman who lives next door.

The family landed more than a home. They’ve found on a whole community!


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