Posted at 12:00 PM.
Baptiste Cabrera and Florian Schmidt love adventure. They left Paris 11 years ago and decided on a whim to settle in Montreal.
They first lived in the city center, near the Place des Arts. When they sought property, about a year after arriving, they were drawn to bustling Griffintown, near the Lachine Canal. Over the years, they lived successively in the first stage, and then in the last stage of the same complex: Bassin de Havre.
Baptiste Cabrera explains: “In Paris, we lived in the François Mitterrand Library quarter, which was undergoing reconstruction at the time. So when we heard about Griffintown, an old developed industrial area, we went for a walk and we really liked it.”
a blow to the heart
In 2012, the area was still in its prime. Several projects were underway. The couple visited the Witnesses’ apartment on the first stage of the Bassins du Havre, on the edge of the Lachine Canal, and were won. The complex was jointly developed by Prével and Rachel-Julien, and built with the aim of achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The new couple in Montreal bought an off-plan apartment in the first phase, without visiting the sales offices of other projects in the area.
We had a crush. The fact of living around the water, being surrounded by puddles, being able to walk along the canal and take our bikes for kilometers, all this appealed to us.
Baptiste Cabrera, Co-Owner
“The fact that LEED is targeted has affected us so much because the environment is important to us,” he adds.
They moved in 2013. They had a view of the basins, laid out on the ground to remember the basins of last year, and they saw a little bit of a canal. They began to dream of a better vision and above all a more spacious kitchen.
“In 2018, our condo was five years old,” explains the co-owner. We wanted to get something new and improve some aspects of our apartment. We re-rounded the projects in the surroundings and then decided to stay in Bassin-de-Havre, in Phase 4. We are here today and it was an extraordinary experience.
‘The neighborhood is close to downtown, but far enough away to be quiet. Many of the people who live in Bassin de Havre used to live in the suburbs and decided to move back to Montreal when their kids left home. It’s very quiet. This is also what we loved and what made us stay, rather than Go to a place where it’s party time every night. It’s also a very welcoming place for animals.”
The view is above all
When they saw the plan for the apartment they later bought, any lingering doubts were dispelled. “We love to cook,” Cabrera says. It really was a dream. We could have opted for a three bedroom apartment, but we fell in love with this one, especially because it is a corner unit. We have all day light and a view of downtown, which we know we’re going to lose in a few years with construction, but it was worth it. Then on the other side, the view will never be obscured by the presence of a dog park. We could see the canal from our balcony, so it’s really cool. »
They acquired their apartment, which includes a large island in the heart of a very open space, in 2019, right before the pandemic. They did not regret the third bedroom. “Florian was already working from home, because he’s self-employed, and I’ve also been working from home, throughout the pandemic, and I’m still going today. Even if we only have a closed office, we have plenty of space to work in peace.”
She has been given a taste of settling elsewhere and experiencing new adventures once again. Baptiste Cabrera reveals: “There are certain countries in Europe that we would like to discover, particularly Scandinavia.” So they provoke fate by offering their apartment for sale. Then they will see where life takes them.
Feature in brief
Asking price: $849,900
Construction year: 2019
Area: 1090 ft2 (101 AD2)
Municipal contributions: $675,100
Property tax: $5,376
School tax: $661.67
Monthly apartment fee: $435.67
The condominium is located in Phase 4 of the Les Bassins du Havre complex in Griffintown, and each building has been LEED certified. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is located on the sixth floor. It has its own heat pump for heating and air conditioning and an air exchanger.
Realtor: Frandy Cherestal, RE/MAX L’espace