Westmount Neighbourhood Guide
While Westmount is known to be one of the more upscale parts of Montreal, it's zoned as a city, which is why as you drive through the winding roads of the beautiful area, you'll notice that all road signs are in English! 20,938 residents* who have purchased Westmount real estate, live in just a 3.9 km radius city. It's inhabited by a predominant amount of English speakers, though the region has become more bilingual over the years.
Westmount is mainly known for being an affluent residential area equipped with the best schools, arenas, pools and a public library. Those who own or rent Westmount real estate even have their own electricity distribution company, Hydro Westmount. The highly sought after neighbourhood is close to Montreal's downtown core, located just a quick 14-minute drive or 11-minute bike ride over the mountain.
Once the wealthiest cities in Canada, Westmount now competes with Canadian real estate hot spots like Vancouver's Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale neighbourhoods and Toronto's Lawrence Park, Forest Hill, Rosedale, and The Bridle Path.
*December 2018, the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire of Quebec
Westmount Real Estate Market
|Type of Property||Number of Properties|
|Occupied private dwellings by structural type of dwelling||8,685|
|Single Detached House||1,075|
|Other Attached Dwelling||4,425|
|Apartment or Flat in a Duplex||260|
|Apartment in a Building that has Fewer than Five Storeys||1,640|
|Other Single-Attached Houses||20|
|Apartment in a Building that has Five or more Storeys||3,185|
Homes for sale in Westmount tend to increase both in size and value toward the top of the mountain, with the most significant and valuable located on or near Summit Circle. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) National MLS Report for April 2016, the median price for Westmount real estate is $1,830,000 for a detached home. An apartment in the area goes for about $698,000.
Compared to the median cost of Montreal real estate, where an average single-family home goes for $321,700 and a condo for $331,766, it's clear that homes for sale in Westmount are for a higher tax bracket!
In the first quarter of 2019, the amount of total residential sales in Westmount increased by 10%. According to the 2016 census, the region is occupied by 53% homeowners and 47% renters. This could be partly due to the real estate bubble Toronto and Vancouver are experiencing that are driving away those looking for luxury homes in Canada.
The types of homes in Westmount are especially grand, with both Victorian greystone and strong British architectural accents. In 2012, Parks Canada added Westmount to its list of historically significant sites, naming it as one of Canada's most iconic neighbourhoods, as their architecture is still indicative of the Victorian and post-Victorian era.
Westmount's walking score is reasonable, though you must remember that most of the 4km radius of the city is on the west side of the mountain. With a walking score of 79, the area is very accessible, and most errands can be done on foot. There are approximately 188 restaurants, bars and cafes in the neighbourhood, and residents can walk to an average of 8 of those shops in just five minutes!
What to do in Westmount
Westmount is chock-full of exciting and cultural things to do. The area is incredibly pet-friendly, so you'll see a variety of veterinarians, boutiques and training centres for your four-legged friends. Westmount is also incredibly proud of its green space, boasting 12 parks, 22 green spaces and one wooded nature reserve, all within their small city radius! The most famous of the parks being King George Park (also known as Murray Hill), Westmount Park, and the forest area located at Westmount Summit, within Summit Circle. A variety of yoga, spin and gyms are in the region as well, fit for any budget.
There are bars and restaurants aplenty in Westmount, catering to just about every type of culinary experience you'd want. The borough is famous for Chef Antonio Park's namesake restaurant "Park," which serves sushi and is always a place to rub shoulders with stars filming in Montreal, or local celebs. If you're looking for a laid back atmosphere, NextDoor Pub & Grill serves up some of the best burgers & pub grub within the neighbourhood in a cozy brick-walled space.
While Westmount does not have a theatre or mall, a mix of independently owned shops and major retailers line the streets. On the cusp of the city lines, there is Alexis Nihon, the old Montreal Canadiens forum which has a full shopping mall, grocery store, movie theatre, arcade, bowling alley and comedy bar. Those who own Westmount real estate are near pretty much everything they’d ever want or need!