Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is situated at the foot of the north and west sides of Mont-Royal. This neighbourhood is characterized by its cultural diversity, large student population and prestigious institutions, including the Université de Montréal, Saint-Joseph’s Oratory, the Sainte-Justine and Jewish General hospitals, St. Mary’s Hospital Centre and Collège Brébeuf. The housing in Côte-des-Neiges is mainly apartments, duplexes and townhouses, while Notre-Dame-de-Grâce has more single-family houses.
Côte-Saint-Luc, Hampstead, and Montréal-Ouest are mostlyEnglish-speaking communities. There is a wide choice of condominiums and single-family homes here. Hampstead and Côte-Saint-Luc are predominantly Jewish. Montréal-Ouest is English-speaking and many of its families have lived in the community for generations.
Plateau Mont-Royal, situated northeast of downtown Montréal, is one of the oldest residential areas in Montréal and has attractive 19th-century houses. It is a predominantly French-speaking neighbourhood with many theatres, restaurants, clubs and designer boutiques. It is considered the trendiest neighbourhood in the city.
Verdun, once considered an English area, is now about two-thirds French-speaking. The centre of Verdun has many duplexes and apartment buildings. It is located just south of downtown and is easy to access from the expressway and its three metro stations. The Île-des-Soeurs sector is a high-end residential neighbourhood that is home to some large corporations.
Outremont is a chic, French-speaking residential neighbourhood on Mont Royal’s east slope. It is bordered on the west by l’Université de Montréal. The northern sector has large Orthodox Jewish and Greek populations. At its eastern limits, Avenue du Parc is lively and cosmopolitan with a variety of restaurants and boutiques. Outremont offers public and private schools, as well as a prominentFrench college.
Westmount,is a prestigious, largely Anglophone, neighbourhood situated on the southern slope of Mont-Royal, not far from Montréal’s downtown core. It is home to Murray and Westmount parks, each of which offers recreational facilities, and Summit Park, which is a nature reserve. Like nearby Outremont, the homes tend to be larger towards the top of the mountain. Lower Westmount offers a wide choice of apartments, condominiums and townhouses near the main commercial areas on Sherbrooke Street and Greene Avenue. There are well-known schools and two English-language colleges in the area.
Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie is home to Maisonneuve Park, which includes the renowned Botanical Gardens, as well as areas where residents can jog, cross-country ski and play golf. Housing includes single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes and apartments. The sector has three large sporting and recreational centres, and borders on the Olympic Park. The Jean-Talon market attracts farm produce buyers from the surrounding neighbourhoods. The main commercial arteries are Saint-Laurent and Saint-Hubert.
Ville-Marie has a rich heritage. The historic part of Ville-Marie, Old Montréal, is getting a facelift with the construction of residential lofts and small hotels in restored historic buildings. This neighbourhood, the heart of Montréal, features skyscrapers, monuments, major hotels, three university campuses, major hospitals, two train stations, a bus station, the central metro network, major banks, the convention centre, known as the Palais des congrès de Montréal, and, of course, City Hall and the provincial and municipal courthouses. One can walk between these buildings and to the metro through 30 kilometres of underground tunnels. Ville-Marie is recognized as the business, cultural and educational centre of Montréal. However, housing is limited and rents can be expensive. Montréal’s “Gay Village” (The Village or Le Village) is located in the eastern sector of rue Sainte-Catherine, around Beaudry metro station and rue Amherst.