ARISTO CON­DOS

Four-phase pro­ject in Laval

Montreal Gazette - - NEW HOMES+CONDOS - JOEL CEAUSU

Aristo Con­dos, ris­ing on the edge of the tony sin­gle-fam­ily-home neigh­bour­hood of Val-des-brises in Laval’s Duvernay district, is a beau­ti­ful pro­ject, says Mathieu Lalancette, and it’s what peo­ple are look­ing for: an af­ford­able qual­ity condo; not too many pricey ameni­ties; low fees; and prox­im­ity to com­merce, high­ways and pub­lic tran­sit.

“It’s not just a bunch of build­ings dropped into a park­ing lot over­look­ing a fast-food res­tau­rant,” said the sales di­rec­tor of Aristo Con­dos. “We’re cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful small neigh­bour­hood.”

The four-phase 242-unit pro­ject by Con­strugep and Groupe Mach will trans­form this 200,000-square-foot lot at Av­enue des Gou­verneurs, just short of the round­about be­tween High­way 440 East and des Aris­to­crates Av­enue.

The four build­ings will rise sideby-side along the north­ern por­tion of the prop­erty, while a stand of trees, a com­mer­cial cen­tre, and a sound wall will buf­fer the de­vel­op­ment from the south­ern end closer to the high­way.

Built on a very hu­man scale to feel like an ex­ist­ing part of the neigh­bour­hood, the build­ings’ lat­eral place­ment will af­ford all res­i­dents easy ac­cess to the land­scap­ing while all share an out­door pool and ur­ban chalet.

With a smart brick-and-wood ex­te­rior with large bal­conies, units will range in size from a 400-square-foot stu­dio to a 1,200-square-foot three-bed­room apart­ment. In­doors, con­dos fea­ture high-end lam­i­nate wood floor­ing, nine-foot ceil­ings, quartz coun­ter­tops, kitchen cab­i­nets ex­tend­ing to the ceil­ing, con­tem­po­rary ce­ramic tiles in bath­rooms and kitchens, and large win­dows for max­i­mum nat­u­ral light.

Choos­ing a de­sign is easy with four dis­tinct de­sign pal­ettes of­fered: Chic, Con­tem­po­rary, Ur­ban and Nordic. That makes choos­ing walls, floors and coun­ters a snap. Bath­rooms con­ceived for func­tion and er­gonomics fea­ture sus­pended van­i­ties, ce­ramic walls and floor­ing, and har­mo­nious stylish colour schemes. Larger units boast bath­rooms with sep­a­rate show­ers and baths.

Stu­dios start at $154,900, with three-bed­room units fetch­ing up to $319,900 plus taxes. Op­tional stor­age lock­ers are priced at $2,000 to $3,000. Park­ing op­tions in­clude in­door($25,000) and out­door park­ing($15,000) with an elec­tric charg­ing sta­tion op­tion.

Apart from the com­mon ar­eas – the pool, chalet and a gym in each build­ing — there is no ex­haus­tive list of in­clu­sions, but that’s a good thing, said Lalancette. “Our pric­ing is al­ready very ag­gres­sive, and from what we’ve seen in devel­op­ments else­where in the city, of­ten a lot of these fea­tures are built into a higher fi­nal price. No­tary fees, ap­pli­ances, the fi­nal num­ber is all in there. So, we are be­ing very ag­gres­sive; that means air con­di­tion­ing, garage spa­ces, stor­age lock­ers, it’s all ex­tra. That’s how we of­fer af­ford­able prices.” Monthly condo fees are cur­rently es­ti­mated at about 20 cents per square foot.

Ex­ca­va­tion and foun­da­tion work have be­gun on Aristo, with de­liv­ery of Phase 1 (80 per cent sold) slated for the spring of 2021 and Phase 2 (52 per cent sold) a few months later. Struc­tural and fin­ish­ing work on each build­ing will take place about a month apart.

The de­sign and lay­out of the build­ings will al­low ac­cess to a lot of the grounds and min­gling with neigh­bours, said Lalancette — once the self-dis­tanc­ing rules sur­round­ing the coro­n­avirus are eased, of course. Buy­ers hail mostly from Laval, many of them first-time buy­ers and young cou­ples.

“We even see many buy­ers from

Mon­treal who want quick ac­cess to the city but don’t have the means to buy there, where it’s too ex­pen­sive. They come here be­cause it’s beau­ti­ful and with quick ac­cess to PIE-IX and Pap­ineau, you can be in Mon­treal in five to 10 minutes.”

The STL bus at the de­vel­op­ment’s doorstep runs to Laval’s Cartier métro sta­tion, said Lalancette, and with quick ac­cess to the ma­jor road­ways “you can get to the cen­tre of Mon­treal faster than from some parts of Mon­treal it­self.”

The pro­ject is also minutes from Cité de la santé hospi­tal, Gare Vi­mont, and five minutes from the Smart­cen­tres Laval East, the pop­u­lar Ado­nis store, as well as the usual smat­ter­ing of fast-food and cof­fee shops.

Aristo Con­dos en­com­passes four build­ings be­tween des Gou­verneurs Av­enue and de la Comtesse Street in the Duvernay district of Laval.

ARTIST’S REN­DER­INGS COUR­TESY OF ARISTO CON­DOS

Green space be­tween the build­ings, and a pool and lounge area, gives res­i­dents a place to en­joy the out­doors.

Units in Aristo range from a 400-square-foot stu­dio to 1,200-square-foot three-bed­room con­dos.

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