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jpolak



Joined: Mar 18 2009 23:54
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Hey guys

I am currently looking for an apartment. I want a quiet place near McGill. I've been doing some searching and found the TransGlobe place on 2125 Rue Saint-Marc.

Has anyone heard of this place? I don't want to move into a bad place since I'm coming from Ottawa, Ontario 2hrs away.
slavito


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I've never been inside. Have you visited?

My main issue with the building (from the outside) is its grim look (unless you're into this kind of concrete architecture). Just like the neighbouring St-Marc buildings, it seems to be populated mostly by students and immigrants.

The neighbourhood is actually not bad - plenty of cheap places to eat nearby, the métro is only a few steps away (Guy/Concordia), near the mountain, etc.

jpolak



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Hey thanks for the reply!

I am planning a trip to Montreal to see a few places, and I'm coming up with a list of five or six that I can see since I'll only be there for a day or two.

I've been doing more research and I've heard that the guys that manage this place (Transglobe) had some serious problems in Toronto. Basically the place turned into an unsanitary dump after they took over. Now perhaps it's just because of the specific owners there, but I fear it may be a Transglobe norm.

In any case this is one of the places I am going to see. Basically I need a good 1-bedroom within walking distance to McGill, but now I am starting to consider places further away for a bit more selection.

I'm also considering La Tour Penfield on 1530 Dr Penfield...the bonus is that it's super close to the building I'll be working in.

There's another place on 2505 Sherbrooke E but it's only available in June. The rent is super-low though (http://www.caprent.com/Properties/252.aspx) so maybe I can wait an extra month.
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J,

The rent is low @ 2505 Sherbrooke E for a reason. It's 2505 Sherbrooke *Est*. The cross street is D'Iberville. The neighbourhood is not as central or safe for that matter.

Sherbrooke is totally fine as a street, but even a block or two south, you'll be venturing into an area that has some problems with drugs and mentally ill people.

I don't want to dramatize too much - I have a friend who lives nearby - it's not a ghetto or anything, but you have to have a bit of tolerance for all kinds of things. Also, linguistically, it may be difficult for you at first if you're a monolingual anglo. You won't hear English in that corner of Montreal.

Finally, this is nowhere near McGill (and realistically, beyond walking distance, unless you consider one hour walk as a walking distance), although it's on the green line and you can definitely bike it in the summer. The closest métro is Frontenac.

 
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