The Highlands of LaSalle: where nature and history meet

At the point formed by the Lachine Canal and Lake Saint-Louis is a little known gem where nature and history meet, the LaSalle Highlands. A brief look at a district that provides young families with an exceptional quality of life.
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Maison unifamiliale des Highlands

Surrounded by nature

The Highlands is a short 20 minute train ride from downtown Montréal. Nestled at the western end of LaSalle, the sector is a delightful green oasis:  "In summer the streets become leafy tunnels!” says Hugo Rousseau, landscaping consultant for the borough of LaSalle.

The district boasts at least ten parks. Three of which provide shore access, both on the river and the canal side. Kayaking enthusiasts can launch from the Lachine Marina, just two kilometers away. 

Four hundred years of history

Wander through the Highlands to discover visible traces of four hundred years of Montréal history.

The place names LaSalle and Fort Rémy recall the French regime. While others like Highlands, Airlie and Stirling, reflect the heritage of the Scottish colonists who flocked here two hundred years later. We have a Scotsman to thank for the 1827 construction of the Fleming mill, a historic monument which serves as the district’s landmark.

The area has also been shaped by the various phases of industrial development in Montréal. The current city hall occupies the building constructed in the 1930s by the Burroughs Wellcome Pharmaceutical Company. This building, designed by the architectural firm of Lawson & Little, is one of the first in Canada built entirely of concrete.

“We’re currently upgrading the first LaSalle city hall, on Strathyre Avenue” adds the landscaping consultant, “It’s being converted into a cultural centre and artists’ studio. The area is a vibrant cultural hub.”

Moulin Flemming

Moulin Flemming sur le boulevard LaSalle.
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Arrondeissement LaSalle

 Fleming mill and bike path on LaSalle Boulevard

Something for everyone

From the De Lorimier-Bélanger heritage home constructed around 1760 to modern condos and 60s-style duplexes and triplexes, the district boasts a wide range of residential styles.

For a district that is so close to downtown Montreal, it is extremely affordable. Single-family dwellings and duplexes sell for between $350,000 and $ 500,000.

Half of sector residents are homeowners. Families with children represent a little over a third (35.7%) of households. And the district wants to attract more of them. In 2007 it adopted a policy making family well-being a priority.

It was with the needs of young families in mind that the borough of LaSalle approved the Highlands LaSalle real estate project, a development plan jointly conceived with Quorum Construction. Its 38 stacked townhouses and 54 townhouses all have at least three bedrooms.

The site provides generous green space. The mature trees and wooded areas of the former industrial site have been preserved. The project will also feature community gardens, and MohawkPark, which separates the new development from the railroad and is due to be revamped in a few years.

The district’s daycare centres, elementary schools and soccer fields are also ready to welcome young residents.

 

LaSalle train station

A short hop to downtown Montreal

The district has much to recommend it for fans of an active life style who use public transport. The school, parks, LaSalle and Vieux-Lachine stations are all within walking distance.

Downtown Montreal is just a 35-minute bike or a 20-minute commuter train ride away.

Car commuters have ready access to Highway 20, the south shore, via Mercier Bridge, and Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau Airport.

“The Highlands is a hidden gem,” comments Hugo Rousseau.

LaSalle borough

Real estate projects and nearby services map 

Single family homes, duplexes, triplexes and condos.

Abundant vegetation and several parks.

Easy access to downtown via commuter train, bike and car.