Three distinct $1-million homes | Montreal Gazette Article

May 31, 2014

Three distinct $1-million homes

 A Lachine greystone, a Westmount condo, an N.D.G. cottage: a look at some notable properties on the market
 By Kathryn Greenaway, THE GAZETTE

…. Condo in a tower by Mies van der Rohe Westmount Square is one of the city’s most prestigious addresses. The only residential complex in Canada built by renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was completed in 1967 and is considered an example of the International Style of architecture, which developed in the first half of the last century and was defined by an esthetic of glass and steel devoid of ornamentation. The architect fashioned Westmount Square’s two residential towers and one office tower after the Lakeshore Drive Apartments he completed in Chicago in 1951. In the real-estate business, it’s all about location, location, location, and Westmount Square’s access to all the central core of the city has to offer, plus its direct connection to a métro line and underground shopping, are strong selling points, but in the case of this property, the view, arguably, trumps location. The ninth-floor, 1,675 square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is on the market for $1,340,000. Its smoked-glass floor to ceiling windows offer spectacular views of both the city and the mountain. “It’s high enough for a panoramic view, but not too high so as to miss the beauty of the mountain,” selling agent Liza Kaufman said. “The view is beautiful all year round — like ever-shifting art.” The apartment was completely gutted two years ago. The master-bedroom suite has a bank of custom built-in closets, a luxurious dressing area and bath and a built-in desk for office work. Tromp l’oeil wallpaper is used for the kitchen backsplash, and for custom cabinetry off the kitchen, where it depicts library shelves filled with books. A den is tucked in behind the other side of the kitchen for quiet gatherings, removed from the entertainment-friendly, open-format living, dining and kitchen space. To view full article :