NDG Neighbourhood Guide
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, also known as NDG, is located in Montreal's West End. The area is rich in history and is full of private schools, public schools (a part of the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), important Quebecois historic sites, hospitals, universities and more. The borough is a melting pot of many cultures; the 2016 census revealed that of the 67,475 living in the area, over half of the area's households include at least one adult who was born outside of Canada. It should come as no surprise that NDG real estate is consistently hot in the housing market!
While the area is most commonly known as NDG, following the 2002 municipal reorganization of Montreal, the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough was formed. This is comprised of two central neighbourhoods, making up the densest borough of Montreal, with a population of 165,031 according to the 2011 Census.
The city of Montreal's website states that the "social, economic and cultural dimensions" as well as the "multi-ethnic population" makes NDG a very distinct and progressive community. The area is also near other significant boroughs in Montreal such as Westmount, Saint Henri, Hampstead, Montreal West, Cote St Luc and Côte-des-Neiges. NDG real estate owners love being close to it all!
The area is a twenty-five-minute drive to the downtown core, very accessible by metro and public transportation. The orange metro line is the closest to NDG via the Villa Maria stop, and those who work outside of Montreal will be happy to hear that they have access to not one but two AMT stations.
What's interesting about NDG is that there are very distinct areas within the borough. Take for instance Monkland Ave, where most people spend their downtime. Monkland Village is full of specialty shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants.
Due to the closeness of historic Anglophone institutions, Concordia University and Loyola College, NDG serves as a hub for students, young couples, immigrants and middle-income households, so many affordable housing options are available.
There are many landmarks within the NDG region, including the Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery, Musée de l'Holocauste Montréal, Notre Dame de Grâce Park and the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal.
Like the landmarks, there are many libraries in the area such as Benny Library, Côte-des-Neiges Library, Intercultural Library and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Library.
Because the neighbourhood is such a melting pot of different ethnicities, there are a variety of restaurants and bars for every type of food and drink imaginable. The iconic eatery Chalet Bar-B-Q has been serving up wood-fired, slow-cooked chicken in an old-timey country diner since 1944. Some of the best Indian food in Montreal can also be found in NDG, such as Stars of India, Ganges Restaurant and Express Indian.
NDG is also famous for their beautiful green areas, and large spacious parks like Notre Dame de Grâce Park, Trenholme Park, Loyola Park, Parc Georges-Saint-Pierre, Parc Benny and Girouard Park.
NDG Real Estate Market
|Type of Property||Number of Properties|
|Total Private Dwellings||51,957|
|Total Occupied Private Dwellings||47,410|
|Apartment in a Building that has Five or more Storeys||10,540|
|Other Attached Dwelling||33,345|
|Apartment or Flat in a Duplex||8,195|
|Apartment in a Building that has Fewer than Five Storeys||18,100|
|Other Single-Attached Homes||70|
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce has an 82 Walk Score and a 73 Transit Score. The area is the fourth most walkable area in all of Montreal. Notre-Dame-de-Grace has plenty of shops, pharmacies and grocery stores with over 15 locations like IGA, Provigo, Super C and a variety of ethnic stores. After purchasing NDG real estate, you'll be close to many fitness centers too, such as an Energie Cardio, multiple yoga studios, community centers, and a YMCA!
Houses found in NDG are older builds, as most homes were erected between 1910 and 1940. Because of this, there's a unique mix of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Beaux-Arts influences on traditional Quebecois architectural styles. The area is also known for their oak and elm-lined streets, red brick duplex row homes and the ease of transportation to a multitude of areas within the city.
The median price of a single detached home is $900,000, with the average condo going for $400,000. Sales in the first quarter of 2019 went down 14%, partly due to the dip in new listings.
Simply put, if you're looking for an exciting area that has found a way to marry green spaces, old architecture and the bustling streets of a city, you've found your home in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce!