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Types of houses in the city of Montreal

Posted by christiane savaria on September 26, 2020

Summery :
briefly In this article we have discussed in detail the types of houses in Montreal if you buy any house in Montreal we suggest you that read this article.

introduction :
Montreal is known for it’s wide range of different architectural styles, varying from old to new, and influenced by many different cultures. This is why Montreal was the first city to be appointed a UNESCO city of design in 2006. Going for a walk through Montreal is like travelling through time. You will pass the most luxurious buildings in the Victorian architectural style, next to great historic churches, stemming from the 18th and 19th century, such as the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal, located on Old Montreal and the Old Port. You might also come across modern looking skyscrapers, and building complexes, or futuristic constructions, such as the Expo 67.

Montreal house type

There are four basic types of housing found in Montreal neighborhoods:

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

Row Houses in Montreal

A row house in Montreal, can either be a single-family cottage, a two-story duplex or a three-story triplex with one unit per floor.
They offer attributes from both, to a certain extent. They offer an affordable housing alternative.

Row Houses

Montreal townhouses often have striking architectural details such as sculpted mansard roofs, arched entrances, porches, and stained glass windows. More elaborate dwellings have richly ornate and unique interiors with features like built-in cupboards, armoires, mantlepieces, and bevelled glass doors.

Types of Row Houses

Row Houses

Cottage :  Montreal cottages have diverse facades, some with a balcony and often with an overhanging window. The private entrance is generally protected by a porch, awning, or an enclosed balcony. The bedrooms are upstairs; the communal areas are on the ground floor.


Cottage country is a common name in the Canadian province of Ontario, as well as other regions of the country, for areas that are popular locations for recreational properties such as cottages and summer homes. Cottage country is often sociall.

Montreal Duplexes

Duplexes in Montreal make up the majority of the dwellings in the city. Built all over the city since the late 1860s, Montreal duplexes have been the standard housing model in many residential areas. They provide an affordable alternative to detached houses.


A duplex consists of two dwelling units – one above the other, owned by one person. Each unit has its own separate lot and entrance. The landlord lives in one unit, often on the ground floor, and subsidizes the mortgage by renting out the upper units. Unlike apartments in Montreal, duplexes have no hallways or lobbies.

   2-unit, 3-unit duplexes:  This style of duplex has two stories, with one unit per floor or one unit on the ground floor and two units on the second. Set in from the sidewalk, they usually have a small garden. The very small porch or steps lead to the ground floor and an exterior staircase leads to the second floor.

•    3-unit triplex: This type of triplex has one unit per floor. 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 floor.

•      5-or 6-unit triplexes: Have one or two units on the ground floor, and two units on each subsequent floor. The defining feature of these buildings is the large balcony supported by columns right up to the third floor.

An exterior staircase leads to the large first-floor balcony, where there are three doors: one for each of the units on the floor; the third door accesses an interior staircase that goes up to the second-floor units.

Detached Houses

More common in the suburbs than in the city, 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.

Detached Houses

In spite of their high cost, there is a strong demand for this type of housing. More and more, it is being offered in a number of new developments. In January 2007, the detached houses market increased by 14% with 2,341 sales recorded on by the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board.

Semi-detached houses

You will also find Semi-detached houses in Montreal. Semi-detached houses are usually two houses sharing one wall, with a front garden, a rear garden, and a driveway. Generally, there are two types of semi-detached houses in Montreal. One kind is a semi-detached duplex, where each side of the semi-detached house contains two units. They usually have a small porch, as well as a garden. Another kind of semi-detached house is the so-called semi-detached cottage. Semi-detached cottages typically have two stories, a garden and have usually the same layout as row houses, however they are more luxurious than simple row houses.

Semi-detached houses

Finally, another common housing style in Montreal is detached houses, which are also called single family homes. They can mostly be found in the suburbs of Montreal, but sometimes they also appear in less-dense areas of the city center, meaning neighborhoods like Mercier, or Rosemont.

Types of Semi-detached Houses

  • Semi-detached duplex: Like most other duplexes, this has one dwelling per floor. 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 floor and an interior staircase that goes up to the second floor. Their style ranges from simple models to very elaborate buildings.
  • Semi-detached cottage: Also set back from the sidewalk with a small garden, this two-story house has the same layout as a row house, but feautres a more elaborate finish with oak baseboards, stained glass windows, double doors, bevelled glass and more.

Montreal Apartments

When it comes to living styles in Montreal, you will find that there are great differences in the architectural styles as well. In urban areas of Montreal there are many huge apartment buildings, stretching over several lots, which may even take up a whole block. The more modern ones are secured through doormen, and might offer special amenities, such as pools, gyms, and rentable party rooms.


A rather new trend, which has been growing in popularity in Montreal in recent years, is apartments located in recycled buildings. These recycled, residential buildings can mostly be found in central neighborhoods of the city, and offer spacious standard apartments in addition to open lofts, where bathrooms are typically the only separated rooms.

Finally, another form of apartment building in Montreal is small apartment houses. Small apartment houses have one main entrance, and are usually used as rental apartments, rather than being sold.

Types of Apartments

  • Small apartment house:  Similar to the row house, this type of structure has one 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 dwellings. These buildings offer either standard apartments or spacious lofts with the bathroom being the only enclosed room.

The penthouse

The penthouse is perhaps the most iconic of all living spaces. The word implies wealth, with an emphasis on space, views, and an enviable urban lifestyle.


A penthouse is by definition situated on top of other apartments in a residential complex and as such should offer a better view than other units in the same complex. Generally a penthouse will have at least the same living space as an average apartment, what differentiates a penthouse from an apartment is the extra terrace space, usually in the form of extra terrace space around the penthouse or by adding a roof terrace for all day sun.

see also
#information about Montreal
#Architecture of Quebec
# condo for buying

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