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robotrock



Joined: Apr 16 2009 18:10
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I will be relocating to Montreal in a few months and this place caught my eye, mostly because its in my price range ($950-$1050/month) and seems newly renovated. It also allows for small dogs...

www.cromwellmgt.ca/en/details.php?id=54

Has anyone ever been inside this place? Any comments good or bad? Is the street noise level reasonable, seeing this is on Crescent street?

Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
mimo



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Im considering moving there myself, i checked the place out... i really wanna hear the advice of someone who's lived there with regards to the noise level especially at night...

I've been inside, i visited appartments, you're right it is newly renovated.. the appartments are really nice.. the balconies not so much.. and the prices are good as well...

the building itself is rather nice, very centrally located so that's pretty convenient..

would someone who's lived here please tell me weather the noise level is a great disadvantage ? and any other good/bad things about living there?!
thankyou!
robotrock



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That's good to hear, thanks Mimo. Yes, noise level is a bit of a concern of mine too... I suspect it might not be that bad if the building is concrete. But, the noise might just be a small price to pay to be in the middle of all the action.
luilui



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This is *the* block for drunken and unruly anglo/tourist partying in Montreal. You'll see everything - people being thrown out of clubs, cops busting up parties, college girls vomiting on sidewalks, strippers, prostitutes, thugs, limos, sports cars, drug dealers and the occasional fight. I guess it can be exciting. Many Montrealers are shocked when they look up, see the building, and realize that somebody actually LIVES on this block.
mimo



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you're right the craziness does happen there... but have u lived there? and how is the noise level ??
mimo



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you're right the craziness does happen there... but have u lived there? and how is the noise level ??
mimo



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you're right the craziness does happen there... but have u lived there? and how is the noise level ??
luilui



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No, but I have a friend who works on this block, another one who lives 2 blocks north (near Sherbrooke) and we used to go out there often.. I should have explained that I've never been inside the building, I am only talking about the block.
robotrock



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I've decided to give this place a try. My parents visited this place on my behalf and said that of all the placed I sent them to, this was by far the best of the bunch in terms of bang for the buck. Although noise is a concern, the superintendent (super nice lady) said that it's nothing she couldn't get used to (she lives on 6th floor). I will be on the 15th floor, so hopefully noise levels will be even lower, that is if it's even bad to begin with.

Factors that led me to this place:
-hardwood floors
-heat/hw included
-new windows in the front, balcony in good shape
-they allow small dogs!
-last month is free provided I pay each month on time (some people may think its a gimmick, but an extra grand in my pocket is very welcome).
-walking distance to my work and close to lots of attractions


aberfoyle



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DON"T DO IT ! I moved here from TORONTO last year. THIS PLACE IS HORRIBLE. The appartments are too small for what you can get in montreal. The profile is incorrect, rent starts at 980 and goes upt o 1500 $ . They try to lure young people from out of quebec to rent because we don't know the law very well. They try to ask for 3 months ahead of time too which is against the law here. In fact, they have even tried to renew leases for some of the tenants without warning. In quebec, once it automatically renews, you are legally liable to pay for the whole lease. So they get people to stay that way. I've never been in a building with soo many people changing over. Tenants don't stay long because you realize really quickly that you're over paying and getting nothing in return.

They no longer have a doorman. Security is really bad. The fire alarm goes off at all hours of the night. The super and his wife are horrible people. They get the job done but on their own time and they get into everybodies business and create problems for tenants in the building.

The head office is totally absent. Don't even try to make a complaint to them. And if you try , they only respond when it suits their needs. HONESTLY, this is the worst experience of my life. When my lease is up i'm out of here.

There are a ton of places that are almost double the size in the same neighbourhood for the same price.

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF RENTING HERE=== DON'T !!!!! There is way better out there.
robotrock



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Aberfoyle,

I have to disagree. I've been living here for a while now and have not had any complaints. In fact, I have had several instances when things needed to get fixed and the superintendant and his wife were happy to oblige and got it fixed the very next day. I wouldn't go as far as saying "they do it on their own time". However, I would like to hear examples of them getting into everybodies business, if you don't mind...

It seems to me that your problem is that you did not get properly informed about the leasing laws in Quebec before you signed the lease, and now that you are "stuck", you are venting on this forum. You think they are taking advange of you, but in reality everyone that rents in Qc is well aware that you must give 3 months notice before the lease is over if you wish to leave, otherwise they assume you are staying and your lease is renewed. Nothing new here.

Sure, the apartments aren't THAT BIG and the rent is high, but seriously, look at everything around you. If you like the nightlife and being in the middle of it all, you can't get much better than Crescent St. Remember that you're paying for convenience more than anything else.
aberfoyle



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Well Robotrock,

Frankly you're reply has very little credibility. You sound more like someone from their office trying to make sure they get a good rap then someone actually living in the building.

If you knew anything about the montreal market, y ou would know that for a the same prices as what you are geting at chateau crescent , you can get an all utilities included apartment of at least 800 sq ft. 1000 $ for 500$ is a rip off .

Then about the three months... what i was saying is that they are not allowed to ask you in advance to pay 3 months of your rent before renting. Which is what they are asking. NO ONE is talking about breaking a lease and being stuck anywhere. But thanks for the FYI. You should run seminars on your intimate knowledge of Quebec law.

Either way, i'm glad for you that you like this building. But for any sane people out there, make sure you look on de la montagne , dr.penfield, drummond and stanley areas before even thinking of coming here. MAN... you can't even open the window at night !

Good luck !
Rill



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I had a friend who had a studio apartment at Chateau Crescent, and it's true what everyone else has said about the area. This is where drunk youth congregate, so if you're bothered by a once-in-awhile automobilist that has their subwoofer cranked to 10 (on the compensation meter), try standing barrages of the sort night after night each season.
I live near St Laurent and I get annoyed with the fire trucks, ambulances, police and occasional 'music enthusiasts', but I won't forget the exaggerated tolerance you need to live there on Crescent. Especially since the walls aren't the best insulated, not only do you hear the outside but you hear your neighbors as well.
alanastone



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Hi I actually live here currently. On the 15th floor facing Crescent.

While the noise doesnt bother my boyfriend, and weekdays are better than weekends. I cant stand it. I find it too noisy and most of the time need to play my ipod to drown out the noise. Especially during the summer when theres non stop concerts outside the building.

While the landlords that live in the building are nice, the "bosses" at head office seem to be a pain. Ive been asking since last Oct for a copy of my lease, still dont have it. Its now the end of Feb.

I know a lot of suites have been renovated, mine, is really nice. New hard wood floor, base and crown molding, big balcony, decent size bedroom. The kitchen is very small, but its liveable. I think this suite is about 500-600 sq feet. Its small, great size for one, i little tight for 2. We dont have a dinning room table just so the place feels and looks bigger.

Theres no extra storage, we have a typical front hall closet, another smaller closet with shelves, and a closet in the bedroom thats a good size.

The biggest thing about this place, is most suites are occupied by young adults (teenagers to me) who are going to school and their parents pay for the place. So at times they can get out of control with parties......on weekdays....... that start at midnight..........

Theres parking for additional fee, laundry in basement, oh our one bedroom is $1000 a month. and right now they are offering a free tv with signing a 1 yr lease, must sign before April. I dont know anything about it.

We also signed and got our last month of rent free, so try to negotiate for that.
alanastone



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I also have heard of them asking for rent in advance, but this depends on the case. Like I said earlier, sometimes its young kids renting, and its their parents paying that live out of province. Giving post dated cheques a head of time guarantees they will get the rent and the punks wont just move in and not pay. This has happened before to them.

Unfortunately, I have heard of them re signing year contracts when the person did not want to renew. Just make sure you follow the laws with this, 3 months notice, and send the notice by registered mail, this way they need to sign for it, now you have proof they received the letter.

 
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