Montreal is the home to 1.65 million Canadian citizens. The historic city makes up for 365.1 km square mileage. With the St. Lawrence River to the south, the Rivière des prairies to the north, Lake Saint-Louis to the southwest, and Lac des Deux Montagnes to the west, Montreal is an island surrounded by bodies of water. The city may be well known for its various cultures, food and bars, but what goes easily unnoticed to tourists and visitors is the manifold of cultivated diverse neighborhoods that make up this fair city.
There are at least 20 different neighborhoods in Montreal. Among the 20 neighborhoods, like other major city’s, Montreal has a list of segregated towns made up of culturally active individuals. These neighborhoods include: Chinatown, little Italy, Greek town, little Portugal, and the Gay Village. Walking through these neighborhoods you are more than likely to be surrounded by individuals who live, eat and breathe the culture of that particular segment. Aside from specialty neighborhoods that refine the attitude of one specific culture, one neighborhood in particular embodies a large array of individuals with different cultures is downtown Montreal.
Downtown Montreal stretches from a major urban park at the foot of Mount Royal all the way to the St. Lawrence River. Downtown contains dozens of notable skyscrapers including the aforementioned “Tour de la Bourse” which is the home to the Montreal stock exchange. The Montreal exchange was the first stock exchange in Canada. Downtown Montreal may be lively on the shopping streets but the majority of shops in the downtown area can be found underground -- literally. Montreal has the world’s largest underground city at 32 kilometers in length. This underground city gets roughly 500,000 visitors a day who have access to 2,000 stores, 200 restaurants, 1,200 offices, 10 metro stations, and 1,600 housing units.
Condo development in downtown Montreal has also become an ongoing economic uprising for real estate owners. Condos have been constructed at a raging speed over the last couple of years in comparison to previous decades and their popularity is stagnating in growth as well. This is due to the fact that people today prefer to live the city life, purchasing their comfortably sized homes in the heart of a city that has it all. Another tourist attraction neighborhood in Montreal is the Old Port. The Old Port or Old Montreal holds a profound level of heritage and history. The architecture and cobble stone streets in Old Montreal have been maintained and restored to give off a historic feeling. On these streets, you can expect to find horse drawn carriages usually ridden by tourists. Other local neighborhoods may include: Hampstead, Cote Saint-Luc, Westmount, Verdun, Laval, the West Island, Griffintown, Lachine and LaSalle. However, if you are looking to live in an affordable, safe neighborhood with many resource centers, then Notre-Dame-de-Grace is the place for you. Of course, NDG condos are recognized around the city as convenient, affordable and comfortable. Montreal is not only a fantastic city to add to your list of destinations to travel to, but it is also an ideal city to call home.