Manoir Full House of aces

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Staff Stanstead

Just the per­fect weather and Manoir Stanstead fi­nally got the full house treat­ment on Sun­day as 300 peo­ple showed up for the first big open house at the for­mer Ur­su­lines con­vent.

“It’s been tough,” ad­mits An­dré Fratelli. “Show­ing peo­ple what the Manoir is was im­pos­si­ble as I soon dis­cov­ered. While we had built the demon­stra­tion apart­ments, which are what the Manoir is all about, apart­ments with the pri­vacy that one ex­pects in one but with the care of a se­nior’s house, I soon saw that since none of our 72 units are alike, prospec­tive cus­tomers pre­ferred to see them all be­fore choos­ing. This is not the way things usu­ally go!”

So while early leases were hard to come by, the pro­ject was sup­posed to open early this year and some were can­celled as a re­sult: “Since we’ve been able to show all of the apart­ments, lease sign­ing is go­ing well.”

What Mr. Fratelli, his group is in­volved in four res­i­dences, dis­cov­ered in Stanstead still amazed him. “We’ve had a cou­ple of Amer­i­can vis­i­tors who were in com­plete shock when they dis­cov­ered that it cost half as much in Stanstead than in the United States for the type of apart­ments that we are of­fer­ing! I didn’t know this even though we re­searched how to ad­mit Cana­di­ans liv­ing in the USA. What sur­prised me was that as soon as they have a valid lease signed with us, that they can ob­tain their Health In­surance Card im­me­di­ately. I haven’t done the real math yet, I will soon, but it seems that even

with a greater tax rate in Que­bec, the dif­fer­ence in prices would be more than off­set by the rental cost and our health care sys­tem, leav­ing a cou­ple of hun­dreds of dol­lars in the pock­ets of my res­i­dents.”

As for the fu­ture ex­pan­sion, the pro­ject could grow to over 200 units. Mr. Fratelli said that, af­ter spend­ing eight mil­lion dol­lars, he would pause for a while. “But I would not be sur­prised if we fin­ish the whole pro­ject for late 2012 or early 2013.”

Park­ing spots were hard to find at last Sun­day’s Open House at Manoir Stanstead.

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