Montreal Gazette

Le Solano taps tran­quil­lity of Old Mon­treal

Con­dos of­fer stun­ning vis­tas

- For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.lesolano.com or call 514-840-9222. ME­GAN MARTIN

Rich with his­tor­i­cal sites, restaurant­s and breath­tak­ing views, it’s easy to see why Old Mon­treal is a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion for new condo de­vel­op­ments. The area was al­ways an ex­cit­ing place to visit, but over the past decade, it has blos­somed into an at­trac­tive place to live as well. That’s why the de­vel­op­ers of Le Solano chose the des­ti­na­tion for their siz­able condo project. The project: Le Solano is sit­u­ated in Old Mon­treal, op­po­site the port’s renowned clock tower, which was de­signed by Mon­treal-based en­gi­neer Paul Leclaire, and built be­tween 1919 and 1922. With eight phases in to­tal, the condo de­vel­op­ment is mam­moth in scope. The first of sev­eral in­stal­ments were very well re­ceived by buy­ers; Phase 5 is slated for de­liv­ery be­tween now and July, and Phase 6 is for sale with de­liv­ery sched­uled for 2016. The de­vel­op­ment is at­tract­ing a wide range of clien­tele, in­clud­ing sin­gles, cou­ples, pro­fes­sion­als, empty nesters and more.

The build­ing: Phase 5 of the project is a con­crete build­ing lo­cated at the cor­ner of St-An­dré and de la Com­mune Sts. It con­sists of 121 units spread over nine floors. Phase 6 is go­ing up next door, at the cor­ner of St-An­dré and Porte de Québec Sts., and will house 139 units.

Each floor con­tains an im­pres­sive num­ber of win­dows, al­low­ing for in­cred­i­ble views and am­ple nat­u­ral light­ing in each unit. In fact, many con­dos have a view of ei­ther the river, ma­rina, clock tower, the city’s sky­line, Mount Royal or the gar­den. The gar­den is a cen­tral el­e­ment of Le Solano; the lovely green space is nes­tled in the cen­tre of the de­vel­op­ment and serves as a nat­u­ral es­cape for res­i­dents to en­joy.

The units: Phase 5 of the project in­cludes one-, two- and three-bed­room units priced from $264,900 to $675,900 in­clud­ing taxes and rang­ing in size from 660 to 1,530 square feet. Phase 6 also con­tains one-, two- and three-bed­room con­dos, priced from $229,900 to $1,249,900 in­clud­ing taxes. The units in the sixth phase range in size from 566 to 1,927 square feet. Con­dos in both phases come equipped with a mul­ti­tude of im­pres­sive stan­dards. Buy­ers in each phase have the op­tion of two hard- woods for the floors: oak or cherry, avail­able in seven colours. The ce­ramic tiles in­cor­po­rated into the units are 12 by 24 inches. De­signed by the Mon­treal-based ex­perts at Céra­grès, their mas­sive size is on par with the lat­est trends. The cab­i­nets in the kitchen and bath­room are fin­ished in ther­mo­plas­tic and avail­able in a va­ri­ety of colours. In the kitchen, the bot­tom of the cab­i­nets is lined with in­set pot-lights, cre­at­ing an in­ter­est­ing light­ing ef­fect at night. The units come with halo­gen light­ing in parts of the kitchen, bath­room, and en­trance, and the ex­posed ceil­ings are a min­i­mum of 9 feet high. All con­dos come with cen­tral air, and stor­age space in the base­ment.

The ameni­ties: Phases 5 and 6 of Le Solano will fea­ture an in­door pool, with sauna and shower, and an out­door pool and club­house. Also, an ex­ten­sive ex­er­cise room is be­ing built in 2016. In­te­rior park­ing is avail­able in the project, at a cost of $50,000, in­clud­ing taxes.

The lo­ca­tion: One of the big ad­van­tages of liv­ing in Old Mon­treal is that it’s so close to the city cen­tre with­out be­ing plagued by the an­noy­ances of down­town liv­ing. Old Mon­treal, and par­tic­u­larly the area in which Le Solano is lo­cated, is a much more tran­quil set­ting. Look­ing out over the wa­ter, the de­vel­op­ment faces a pri­vate ma­rina and dock. An­other big plus is that res­i­dents of Le Solano will never be with­out an ac­tiv­ity of some kind liv­ing in the Old Port area. Be­tween restaurant­s,

A lovely green space is nes­tled in the cen­tre of the de­vel­op­ment and serves as a nat­u­ral es­cape for res­i­dents to en­joy.

shops, gal­leries and cafés, there is al­ways some­thing to see and en­joy. Tourists and lo­cals flock from all over to visit the com­mu­nity, which many now call home.

Con­ve­nience: There are two métro sta­tions lo­cated within a 10-minute walk of Le Solano, and a bus stop is only two blocks away. There are gro­cery stores cater­ing to a va­ri­ety of tastes nearby. An SAQ, phar­macy and other spe­cialty stores can be found within walk­ing dis­tance as well. For cy­cling en­thu­si­asts, there’s a Bixi sta­tion near the project, and of course ac­cess to the bike path on the canal, which links the Old Port to the West Is­land.

 ?? HABI­TA­TION SOLANO II ?? An artist’s con­cep­tion of a unit at Le Solano condo de­vel­op­ment. The units have an im­pres­sive num­ber of win­dows and of­fer hard­wood floors in oak or cherry in seven colour shades.
HABI­TA­TION SOLANO II An artist’s con­cep­tion of a unit at Le Solano condo de­vel­op­ment. The units have an im­pres­sive num­ber of win­dows and of­fer hard­wood floors in oak or cherry in seven colour shades.
 ??  ?? A view of the clock tower from Le Solano. Many of the units have a view of ei­ther the clock tower, the river, ma­rina, sky­line, Mount Royal or the gar­den.
A view of the clock tower from Le Solano. Many of the units have a view of ei­ther the clock tower, the river, ma­rina, sky­line, Mount Royal or the gar­den.
 ??  ?? An artist’s de­pic­tion of Le Solano de­vel­op­ment, which is at­tract­ing clien­tele of all ages.
An artist’s de­pic­tion of Le Solano de­vel­op­ment, which is at­tract­ing clien­tele of all ages.

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