City dwellers François and Maria are attached to Rosemont, where their daughter was born. "With a child came the need to have a car," says Mari Carmen Gonzalez, a translator by training. "And the need was that much more pressing during the winter," adds husband François Rose, a public servant. But while the couple now own a car, they only use it infrequently.
François and Maria use public transit to get to work, and both work in downtown Montréal. While they were fortunate to be able to park their car in a space owned by a former neighbour in Vieux-Rosemont, they now have their own space in an underground garage at their condominium housing complex.
A grant to purchase a condominium in Rosemont
In 2014, a home ownership grant allowed them to purchase a new three-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms – a rarity in the rental market – in the Angus neighbourhood. They also have air conditioning, high ceilings and a shared elevator — all for the price of $317,000 (taxes included). Their new home lies between avenue du Mont-Royal Est and Place Chassé (not far from boulevard Saint-Joseph).
The family appreciates the spirit of community that reigns among the 60 or so owners. “The majority, on this floor, are families,” says François.
The opportunity to socialize is among the keys to their happiness. Raised in the suburbs, François came to realize its importance after moving to Montréal: “I enjoy being close to my neighbours. Our lives are more active when we forge relationships.” At Halloween, everyone spread the word: those who were interested simply placed a decoration on their door. Whether through the entrance doors leading to a hallway in the four-storey building or outdoors (as with row houses), daughter Victoria never had to go far to collect candy.
Neighbourhood life without the need for a car, plus an abundance of green spaces
Everything can be done on foot, and there are green spaces nearby. These are the two main advantages of this place of residence, say the parents.
Parc du Pélican features a public pool and winter slides, to go along with water play modules at parc Jean-Duceppe and parc-école Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande.
There are at least two daycare centres (CPE), one of which gives priority to parents who work at the Technopôle Angus. Interested parties take note!
And since 2008, these Rosemont natives have witnessed first-hand the growth – for the better – of rue Masson. On the other side, towards the south-east and less than 1,000 metres from their home, they have access to a supermarket in the old Angus shops. Vast and very tall, the supermarket building once housed locomotives and wagons.
This architectural monument to the past lies at the heart of their neighbourhood. During summer, regional producers sell their products near the supermarket. There are also a few restaurants and a bakery, to go along with a Bixi bike station.
To sum up, François Rose and his spouse have found nothing but advantages to living in this sector of Rosemont. They had to make one compromise, however, when they purchased a condo far from a metro station. Fortunately, the 427 express bus serves their area during peak hours.