Posted at 12:00 p.m
Baptiste Cabrera and Florian Schmitt love adventure. They left Paris 11 years ago and on a whim decided to settle in Montreal.
They first lived downtown, near the Place des Arts. Looking to buy property about a year after arriving, they were drawn to bustling Griffintown near the Lachine Canal. Over the years, they lived one after the other in the first, then in the last phase of the same complex: the Bassins du Havre.
“In Paris, we lived near the François Mitterrand Library, which was being renovated at the time,” says Baptiste Cabrera. So when we heard about Griffintown, an old developing industrial area, we went for a walk and really liked it. »
In 2012, the district was still in its infancy. Several projects were running. The couple visited the witness apartment of the first phase of the Bassins du Havre on the edge of the Lachine canal and were convinced. The complex, jointly developed by Prével and Rachel-Julien, was built with the aim of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The two new Montrealers bought an off-plan apartment in the first phase without even visiting the sales offices of the other projects in the area.
We had a crush. Living by the water, being surrounded by ponds, being able to walk along the canal and cycling the miles all appealed to us.
Baptiste Cabrera, co-owner
“We were also very touched by the fact that they were aiming for LEED certification, because we care about the environment,” he adds.
They moved in in 2013. They had a glimpse of the pools of water that were laid out on the floor to evoke the pools of yesteryear and saw a bit of the canal. They began to dream of a better view and, most importantly, a more spacious kitchen.
“Our condominium was five years old in 2018,” explains the co-owner. We wanted to have something new and improve certain aspects of our home. We repeated the tour of the projects in the area and then decided to stay in the Bassins du Havre for the fourth phase. We are here today and it was an extraordinary experience.
“The neighborhood is close to the city center but far enough away to be quiet. Many people who live in the Bassins du Havre used to live in the suburbs and chose to return to Montreal when their children left home. It’s pretty quiet. This was also what we loved and what made us want to stay rather than move to one of those places where every night is party time. It’s also a very welcoming place for animals. »
Especially the view
When they saw the plan of the condo they later bought, all doubts were cleared. “We love to cook,” says Cabrera. It really was the dream. We could have chosen a three bedroom apartment but we fell in love with this one, especially as it is a corner apartment. We have light all day and a view of downtown that we know we will lose with construction in a few years, but it was worth it. On the other hand, the view is then never obscured because there is a dog park. We can see the canal from our balcony so it’s really nice. »
They took ownership of their condo in 2019, just before the pandemic, which features a large island in the heart of a very open space. You have no regrets about the third bedroom. “Florian has already worked from home as he is self-employed and I too have worked from home throughout the duration of the pandemic and continue to do so today. Even if we only have a closed office, we have plenty of space to work in peace. »
The desire to settle elsewhere and experience new adventures gripped her again. “There are certain countries in Europe that we would like to explore, especially Scandinavia,” reveals Baptiste Cabrera. So they taunt fate by putting their condo up for sale. Then they will see where life takes them.
The object in brief
Asking Price: $849,900
Year of construction: 2019
Area: 1090 ft2 (101m2)
Community Estimate: $675,100
Property tax: $5376
School Tax: $661.67
Monthly Condo Fees: $435.67
The condominium is located in the fourth phase of the Les Bassins du Havre complex in Griffintown, all buildings of which are LEED certified. The two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is on the sixth floor. It has its own heat pump for heating and air conditioning and an air exchanger.
Real Estate Agents: Frandy Cherestal, RE/MAX L’espace