Canada is filled with endless apartment complexes, from soaring modern skyscrapers with all the bells and whistles to longstanding no-frills low-rises. But there's perhaps no apartment building more easily recognizable than Montreal's Habitat 67. And for anyone who's ever wanted to live there, now's your chance: a three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is on the market for just shy of $1.7M.
Designed by famed Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie and built for Expo 67, the eye-catching complex, made up of what appear to be hundreds of interlocking concrete cubes, is an undisputed Montreal landmark. It's home to 148 residential units of varying sizes, each with their own outdoor space, located on the roof of the cubes below.
The available unit is one of just two top-floor, three-cube units that have come up for sale in the past 20 years, says listing agent Martin Rouleau, explaining "The notoriety that precedes the architect, Moshe Safdie, and the style of the building itself, means units such as this are not available often."
The sprawling 2,072-sq.-ft unit has undergone recent renovations, so it's filled with modern touches yet still maintains the essence of the experimental brutalist building style. From the industrial concrete walls to the mid-century-modern kitchen, it's an aesthetically pleasing, yet specific, mix of styles.
"Because of the specificity of its design, this unit will not attract everyone," Rouleau says. "Units inside Habitat 67 tend to appeal to a particular buyer who appreciates this style and era in Canada’s design history."
- Address: 1015-2600 Avenue Pierre-Dupuy, Ville-Marie, Montreal
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 2
- Size: 2,072 sq. ft
- Parking spots: 2
- Price: $1,688,000
- Listed by: Martin Rouleau, Engel & Völkers
The unit spans two storeys and features open, airy living spaces, sizable bedrooms, and beautifully finished bathrooms. But perhaps the most eye-catching of all is the glassed-in solarium that offers unbeatable views of the waterfront, the Montreal skyline, and the rest of Habitat 67.
“I find the unit's distinctive characteristics to be truly exceptional," Rouleau says. "Notably, the seamless connection between the elevator and the main living area, with no exterior stairs to navigate, allowing for effortless and convenient access."
Rouleau also notes that there's a home office space, which is located on a separate level from the primary bedroom and kitchen, "providing optimal privacy and functionality for those who work from home."
The private terrace offers some key outdoor space in a metropolitan setting, and the unit comes with two parking spaces -- another hot commodity in a major city. There's no doubt that whoever scoops up this unit will be the lucky owners of a well-served and beautifully unusual piece of Montreal real estate.