When you visit their place, what you first notice is how quiet the neighbourhood is. The next thing you can’t help but appreciate is their sprawling 2,500-square-foot, very green backyard.
“We have a yard without the hassle of a condo association,” Patrick quips.
The upside of a duplex
The family lives at ground level, while a tenant occupies the second floor of the building. The set-up works out quite nicely on the mortgage front.
“Being a landlord with a tenant is less expensive because rent comes in every month,” explains Patrick.
Mélanie is an interior designer and Patrick is an appraiser for a contractor. Before moving into the duplex, the couple rented a five-and-a-half in Montréal-Est. When they were ready to buy, they were especially looking for a renovation project.
Help from the city
Following a bit of research on the Internet, Mélanie found information on the municipal “Renovation à la Carte” program, which helps subsidize residential renovations. She filled out the online form and, shortly after, an inspector assessed their project and deemed it eligible for the program.
The municipal subsidy covered a good portion of their expenses. With these funds, Mélanie and Patrick installed new windows and touched up the masonry. They were also able to make some major changes to the kitchen, like re-insulating the space, and putting in new cabinets, a fresh sink, heated floors, and recessed lighting.
While the subsidy didn’t cover renovations to the basement, they at least gave the couple enough legroom to take that work on. Here, they installed new plywood floors and modernized the lighting.
For now, they’re done working on the place. The family can relax and enjoy the home they molded to their liking, not to mention its ideal location.
Living in the city, working in the suburbs
Since they’re close to several highways – notably the 15, the 20, and the 13 – their respective commutes are only 30 minutes long: Patrick works in Laval, while Mélanie, who’s on maternity leave, works in Boucherville. They’re also just a few minutes away from grocery stores, the Carrefour Angrignon shopping centre and fun riverside activities in Old Lachine.
“There are also good bus routes around here,” says Mélanie, referring to the Express (491), which goes all the way to Lionel-Groulx metro.
More than anything, the couple really wanted to stay in the city, and that’s exactly what buying in Lachine allowed them to do.
“The house has some historic charm,” Mélanie notes.
“It looks like something you’d see in the Plateau, but way less expensive,” Patrick concludes.
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