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 Tell me about living/working in Montreal...

For those who live there, what's it like? How is the job situation?

Also, what areas are good to live in, what are typical housing costs, etc?

TIA!
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 18 Apr 2012 1:50 PM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
kalua80
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Although the size of Montreal isn't that big, there are so many styles, areas , and difference in prices

What kind of job do you do/like?
the pay is usually smaller in Quebec and the taxes higher, but cost of living (housing) is cheaper. Same goes with meats (groceries) which I find more expensive in Ontario.

The gaz is also more expensive but daycare is way cheaper. You can hopefully be lucky and find a daycare at 7$/day or else the price ranges from 20$-60$ (but usually more around 30$/day)

If you are an anglophone. I reccomand living on the west side of the island. If you can afford westmount, that is one of the most wanted place. I LOVE NDG (notre dame de grace) but can also be a bit more pricy. I used to live on nun's island (Ile des soeur) and it is gorgeous. If you don't mind commuting, their are a lot of west island girls on this site that can refer you to more a specific area. Lbj is from the west island. I always lived a bit more closer to downtown so I don't know that part of the island. I used to also live in villeray which I love (lubelllule loves that area as well) but it is more French.

I don't remember in which city you live now so I can't totally tell you that a house will be cheaper. Feel free to ask me anything you want and if you are even just wondering about a specific street, it would be my pleasure to help you. I know how hard it is to move to a new city and not know it at all.

The job situation is average. It all depends of your field.
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 18 Apr 2012 2:12 PM
 17 Apr 2008
 Ottawa
MrsMuffin
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I love Montreal and would move back in a heartbeat. I never had issues finding jobs, however I do speak French.
I always lived in the West Island (my parents currently live in Dor.val close to the water and I love their place)

I agree with Kalua that the job situation is very dependant on your field. And as per housing costs, I would be able to afford a much larger house in the WI then I can in Ottawa
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 18 Apr 2012 2:18 PM
 22 Sep 2004
 In the Land of Misfit Toys
evil.mena
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Thanks guys, just doing some research, no intention of going anywhere but just making sure all options are looked into...i'm currently in TV and hubby is in post-production, we know there's quite a bit of post work there.

How are the commutes from these areas you mention...I'm in the GTA so it currently takes me 1.5 to get to work including school dropoff.

Also, what's the schooling situation like, are there anglophone and francophone schools, etc?

Our current house is worth almost $600K but we co-own it.
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 18 Apr 2012 2:24 PM
 17 Apr 2008
 Ottawa
MrsMuffin
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My mom works downtown and by train and metro, it takes her about 45mins to get home. By car, about the same, sadly.

For 600, NDG is definitely feasible. And there are some good anglo schools in the area.
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 18 Apr 2012 2:25 PM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
kalua80
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600k with a 1.5 commute..... You will LOVE Montreal

There are French, immersion, and English schools and your kids will be able to go to any of those because you went to English school (I assume). Quebec also has lots of private schools at many different budget since some of them are subsidized by the government and some are not.

What would be your housing budget if you were to move? Do you like the downtown feel, suburbs, or cookie cutters?
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 18 Apr 2012 2:36 PM
 22 Sep 2004
 In the Land of Misfit Toys
evil.mena
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We like Downtown and like the suburbs oddly enough. Not necessarily cookie cutter, but there would be a whole bunch of factors involved.

Yes I went to english school and was in FI for 4 years in elementary. DS does french at his Montessori.

Interesting info ladies!!

It traffic/gridlock really bad...like Toronto bad?
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 18 Apr 2012 2:43 PM
 2 Dec 2007
 Mississauga, On
kalua80
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It does get bad but the distance is shorter so you would be saving on time.

The west island has a surbubia feel but not necessarily cookie cutters and has tons of great neighborhoods. You said you co-owned your place so I don't know if your budget would change or not, but if it's 600k I would look into NDG. You'd be right by downtown but have a great community feel, tons of parks and lots of English and French young families. The houses are older with a lot of charm.
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 18 Apr 2012 2:50 PM
 17 Apr 2008
 Ottawa
MrsMuffin
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Hampstead is good too. Older, nicer homes. I went to Roy.al Va.le Elementary a million years ago and it's a great school in NDG. In fact, I just looked at their site and many of my old teachers are still there.
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 18 Apr 2012 8:31 PM
 28 Jun 2011
marieal
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I lived there and ended up selling my car because taking the metro was so easy, fast and convenient. I was a starving student, so I lived in St Henri (not the best area, but it was quiet and safe). I loved Montreal, but couldn;t find work becasue I wasn't fluent in french (I ended up teaching English while I was there, oddly enough). The traffic was okay, not insane like TO.
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 18 Apr 2012 9:36 PM
 3 Nov 2006
 Laval (just north of Montreal)
RinaZ
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Job situation: I have found getting jobs have been more about who you know, rather than what you know. If you have an "in" it is much easier to land a good job. I find that speaking and writing French is more important in certain fields, but I don't know anything about your field...

Cost of housing varies GREATLY depending on area. While house prices have been steadily climbing on the island of Montreal, the suburbs have seen huge increases. For example, we live in Laval and just listed our house. We are asking over 50% more than what we bought it for 5 years ago. Based on comparables in the area we are actually conservatively priced! I think a lot has to do with the improved public transportation system (i.e. the metro coming).

As for the city, I think a pp mentioned Hampstead. This is an extremely pricey area. Count on spending at least 750-800K to get into this area (single home dwellings). There are definitely less expensive areas on the island of Mtl.

Traffic. I commuted from Laval to downtown Montreal by car for close to a decade. The commute started at about 30-40 minutes and has been getting steadily worse. I stopped doing it this past September and by then it was taking me anywhere from 1hr 20 minutes to 2hrs ONE WAY. Construction, accidents, inclement weather was all playing a part. It was unsustainable for me and I count my blessings that I don't have to do it any more (found another job).

Hope this helps!
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 18 Apr 2012 10:12 PM
 27 May 2008
 Montreal
12231981
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There are some french schools with good immersion programs, though.
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 18 Apr 2012 10:48 PM
 31 Aug 2006
 all over the place
lilybellule
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I don't have much time to reply now but just to give you an idea, our 2000sq ft house was worth just over 500k about 2 years ago when we bought it and we live in the city, about a 10 minutes subway ride away from downtown. We barely use our car. I live in a francophone area.

DH is in IT and I'm in education, so I can't help you much when it comes to your specific job field.
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
 buzzle.ca
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