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Houses for sale in Montreal

The city of Montreal is unique in its diverse offering of homes for sale. Between the age of construction and lovely older architectural styles, combined with modern designs, there’s something for everyone. The broad selection of old and new buildings, with different styles and construction types, suit many tastes.

To figure out what’s right for you and choose the right home, look for different types of homes for sale in Montreal.  To summarize, we find 4 overall varieties of housing in Montreal’s various regions:

  • Row Houses (cottages, duplexes, triplexes)
  • Semi-detached Houses (semi-detached duplexes, semi-detached cottages)
  • Detached Houses
  • Apartments

Row Houses in Montreal

Montreal townhouse for sale

More commonly called townhouses nowadays; these can be either be a single dwelling cottage, a 2-story duplex or a 3-story triplex (1 unit per floor).
Row houses can offer an ideal balance between a detached single dwelling home and a condominium since they offer qualities from both, in many cases. They represent an affordable housing option.

Montreal-style townhouses can have very striking architectural features such as sculpted mansard rooftops, arched entrances, porches, and even stained-glass windows. More ornate buildings have richly sophisticated interiors with qualities like built in cabinetry, armoires, mantel-pieces, and bevelled glass doors.

Types of Row Houses

  • Cottage:offering diverse curb-appeal, some sporting a balcony and many with an overhanging window. The private entrance is generally sheltered by a porch, an awning, or an enclosed balcony. The bedrooms are upstairs, with the common areas on the ground level.
  • “Working-class” duplex: Typically built right onto the edge of the sidewalk. These 2-story dwellings have a plain red brick front, with side-by-side doors leading to the ground level and second-level unit. Usually without a front balcony, the rear balcony has a staircase that descends to the backyard.
  • 2-unit, 3-unit duplexes:2 floors, with 1 unit per level or 1 unit on the ground level and 2 living spaces on the second. Set in from the sidewalk, they usually have a small garden. The very small porch or steps lead to the ground level and an exterior staircase leads to the second level.
  • 3-unit triplex:This type of triplex has 1 unit per level. Windows over a small backyard provide light to the middle of the unit. An exterior staircase in front goes up to an interior stairwell, made bright by skylights that leads to the second level.
  • 5 or 6-unit triplexes: Have 1 or 2 living spaces on the ground level and 2 living spaces on each subsequent level. The defining quality of these dwellings is the large balcony supported by columns right up to the third level.

Detached Houses

detached homes for sale in montreal

More common in the suburbs, single detached houses(also called single-family homes) can still be found in less dense areas of Montreal (Ahuntsic/Cartierville, Mercier, Rosemont, etc.) and in the Pointe-aux-Trembles and Rivière-des-Prairies areas.

In spite of their high price tag, there is a strong demand for this type of housing. More and more, it is being offered in a number of new construction projects.

Semi-detached Houses for sale in Montreal

Semi-detached housing consists of a pair of homes, side by side, sharing a “party wall”. Featuring both a front and rear garden, a driveway or alley leads to the back of the property providing natural lighting to the building on 3 sides.

As with the case of detached homes, 2-story semi-detached homes are less expensive than a single-story semi-detached house because they require less land for the same number of rooms.

Montreal semi-detached homes are common in older municipalities like Nôtre-Dame-de-Grace and Côte-des-Neiges that were integrated into the city, and includes duplexes and cottages.

Types of Semi-detached Houses

  • Semi-detached duplex:Like most other duplexes, this has 1 dwelling per level. Set back from the sidewalk, with a small garden, semi-detached duplexes usually have a small porch or a few steps that lead to the ground level and an interior staircase that goes up to the second level. Their style ranges from simple models to very elaborate dwellings.
  • Semi-detached cottage: Also set back from the sidewalk with a small garden, this 2-story house has the same layout as a row house, but features a more elaborate finish with oak baseboards, stained glass windows, double doors, bevelled glass and more.


Apartment for sale

Apartments in Montreal can be divided into 2 types: 1s that have up to 4 levels and no elevator, and 1s that have at 4 levels or more and an elevator.

More recently, a third type has been appearing – the recycled building. A recycled building, also called warehouse conversion, is an old non-residential building transformed into bright living spaces with high ceilings and exposed beams.

Types of Apartments

  • Small apartment house:  Similar to the row house, this type of structure has 1 main entrance and no outside staircase. More often rentals, this building model has been adopted by condominium developers.
  • Apartment building:  Usually found in more urban areas, typically this type of building take up a block or several lots. Some have offer special services and amenities like a doorman, a gym or a pool.
  • Recycled building: Mostly found in old central neighbourhoods, this new type of residential space is getting more and more popular in Montreal, make up a significant portion of new homes. These dwellings offer either standard apartments or spacious lofts with the bathroom being the only enclosed room.

Detailed statistics per property category are readily available for further research on how many of each type are available for sale.  For those interested in revenue properties as an investment, there are several options available.  One can choose from duplexes, triplexes, condos, apartment blocks and other multi-unit residential buildings.

For expert advice and to start the process of searching for homes for sale in Montreal, contact a qualified Real Estate Broker by calling 514-426-0047 or E-mailing

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