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Real estate activity spotty but growing

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The number of single family homes sold in 2016 increased by 20 per cent in the Mont-Tremblant region compared to 2015. But the median price of those homes dropped to $215,000, down 12 per cent. The number of condominiums sold diminished by 2 per cent but median prices increased to $210,000, up by 11 per cent. The statistics, published by the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards for Mont-Tremblant,

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Station Nature: Phases 2 and 3 completed

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Sales are underway for the 24 condos of phases 2 and 3 at Station Nature Mont-Tremblant on rue Labelle in the centre-town district. The twelve units of the first phase begun last May have been completed and delivered on time. Construction of Phase 2, a twelve-unit building, is now completed and several of the two and three bedroom condos have already found buyers. The project’s third phase, twelve

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Condo sales rise sharply

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Condominium sales in the Mont-Tremblant region were brisk over the past summer, rising by 24 per cent compared to the same third quarter period in 2015 (July, August, September), according to the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards. The average price for a condo was also up, by 7 per cent, to $266,048, compared to the average price for the same period last year. The figures are gleaned from federation’s

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Desmarais en Montagne: The heights of luxury

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Renewed demand for high end residences has convinced two major promoters in Mont-Tremblant to undertake a 30-home development in the beautiful lac Desmarais area, among the most exclusive neighbourhoods in the region. G-7 Development (the initial developer of lac Desmarais) and Construction Tremblant, both among Mont-Tremblant’s best-known names in luxury residence development and building, are

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Rustik Chalet in La Conception

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Wood homes are common in the Laurentians. What is uncommon today are homes at the lower price range that are of wood inside as well as outside. That’s one of the noticeable features of Rustik Chalet homes in La Conception, built by promoter Jean-Louis Dubreuil from Mirabel and Concept DUB et TD Habitations. The homes are not huge at slightly over 900 square feet of living space but then, nor

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360 sur Le Maître, Phase Two

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The second phase of the residential project ‘360 sur Le Maître’ has begun, marking the 15th anniversary of homebuilding and seven residential development projects on Le Maître golf course by Construction Tremblant. This year is also the 30th year of operations for Eric Lefebvre’s construction firm. Sales of Phase One homes have been steady since the 360 project began

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Pinacle Tremblant on Le Géant

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Sylvain Farand is keen on Tremblant and triathlon racing. Unbridled enthusiasm for both have drawn the 54-year-old promoter and his wife and partner France Villeneuve, both Ironman athletes, to establish a second home and to build two residential projects in Tremblant. The first, Pure Tremblant, on Le Diable golf course, has proven to be so successful that Sylvain is starting a second project, Pinacle,

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Les Belvédères Tremblant

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Maisons Laprise of Montmagny, Quebec, has joined landowner and developer Jeannot Clément of Mont-Tremblant to offer modern architectural homes with an unusual feature – rooftop terraces with spa and kitchen for outdoor cooking. The design is by Mario Adornetto, considered to be one of Quebec’s premier architectural designers of high-end homes. But buyers in this project, Les Belvédères

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Station Nature begins phases 2 & 3

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Station Nature Mont-Tremblant will soon begin building more of its reasonably priced townhouse condos. With the first phase of the project on rue Labelle sold out, builder Cédric Grenon is starting the next two phases this spring, two buildings with twelve condos in each. Sales of phase two and phase three condos have begun and construction of phase two is scheduled to begin at the end of this

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Quartier huit: model home showcase

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The model home at Quartier Huit, a Fairmont Construction residential project we featured last October, is ready for visits. For those looking to buy in Mont-Tremblant, it is certainly worth visiting. The architectural lines, a contemporary variation of the barn structure with its gable roof, wood siding and stone chimney fits in well with the forest environment on the quiet north flank of Mont du Daim. 

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PassivHaus: efficiency, comfort & savings

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In a world increasingly conscious of environmental imperatives, ultra efficient alternatives are being refined and developed and have emerged here in our region. Jim Iredale, president of Landmark PassivHaus in Mont-Tremblant is a Certified Passive House Designer and a Director of the Canadian Passive House Institute. PassivHaus is a rigorous European standard of energy-efficient construction that

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Real estate market on the move

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After a long slowdown, the real estate market in the Mont-Tremblant region has picked up pace. The Québec Federation of Real Estate Boards reports a rise of 13 per cent in the number of sales over the past 12 months ending in September, compared to the same 12-month period a year earlier. It’s still a buyers’ market, according to the latest statistics released by the QFREB. There

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Quartier 8: a new well-located development

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“We really want to offer a quality product with minimum footprint on the environment,” says Éric Langevin, head of Fairmont Construction whose latest project, Quartier 8, is underway off 8e Rang, whence its name. The site, not far from Gray Rocks, is only minutes away from Tremblant resort’s activities on one hand and Saint-Jovite Centretown’s shopping on the other. And

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Condos by a meticulous builder

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Well-built condos with almost 1,200 square feet of floor space, priced at $169,000 to $189,000, will have special appeal to many buyers looking for a home of good quality with good room for a reasonable price. Martin Nadeau (MNad Construction inc.), a new builder in the region with a passion for his work and striving to build his reputation as a contractor, is putting up six such condos in two triplex

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360 sur Le Maître model home open

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The latest residential development on the Le Maître golf course, named ‘360 sur Le Maître’, is taking shape with the completion of the Panorama model, a semi-detached two-storey cottage with barn-like architecture inspired by the historic Émond farm that formerly occupied the site. Le Panorama is a modern rendition of the barn with vertical wood siding and a metal hip

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The uncommon Spahaus/Trihaus projects

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The Spahaus residential development at Fraternité-sur-Lac on the banks of Lac Supérieur is well advanced. Seventeen of the modern Scandinavian-style 21 Spahaus homes to be built have been sold. Owners who have taken possession are thoroughly delighted with their surroundings and lifestyle. Four lots are still available and another phase is underway, the Trihaus homes, a development of

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Lac Desmarais: phase 9 underway

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When film celebrities Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones bought a property on Lac Desmarais a decade ago, Mont-Tremblant was touted as the next Aspen with multimillion-dollar homes. The news media contemplated the possibility, including The Globe and Mail in an article published in July 2005. But the deep recession beginning in 2008/2009 stalled the prestigious Lac Desmarais G7 development project

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Model home to visit

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Several units of the Pure Tremblant townhouse project bordering Tremblant’s Le Diable golf course have been completed and sales of the homes, says the sales agent, Jean Parisien, have been going very well. Not surprising given the singular nature of the project built by Groupe Sylvain Farand. Quality, visibly delivered as promised, was the immediate impression on entering through a hefty door

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Real estate market warming up

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The number of sales of detached homes in the fourth quarter of 2014 in Mont-Tremblant surged by 89 per cent. The median price of the 36 dwellings sold was $318,750, an increase of 30 per cent over the last three months of the year. Condo sales, however, rose by only four per cent in the fourth quarter, and the medium price for the 50 units sold was $155,940, down by 27 per cent. The figures are those

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360 sur Le Maître: a different project

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Eric Lefebvre has begun a seventh residential development, this one of a different, distinctive kind on Le Maître golf course. Situated on a rise of land on the southeast side overlooking the tenth hole and near the clubhouse, ‘’360 sur Le Maître’’, as the name implies, will have panoramic views of the golf course landscape and beyond. The distinctiveness, ‘’la

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Pure Tremblant rising

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Construction of Pure Tremblant, Groupe Sylvain Farand’s 22-million-dollar residential project on the Diable golf course featured in our edition last April, is well underway. The first two buildings, each housing four units, are taking shape on prime land next to the Tremblant golf academy and are expected to be completed in November. Ten buildings are planned eventually housing a total of 40

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Le Sinaï: condos on Lac des Sables

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Promoter Darcy Laroche couldn’t have chosen a better spot for his condo development. The project, Le Sinaï, is a 12-condo residential project in two buildings situated on a hill overlooking Lac des Sables in Sainte-Agathe. Owners will undoubtedly appreciate the location and the magnificent view of the lake and mountains in the background. The beach and the sailboats at the sailing centre

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Le Maître golf course development thriving

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Every visit to the Le Maître golf course and its residential communities is a reminder of how entirely satisfying it must be to own a home in this unique, well-established, thriving development conceived and built by Construction Tremblant. The gentle rolling golf course landscape with the waterfall garden at the centre next to the clubhouse, the mountain views in the background, the Diable River

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Top Notch Tremblant: two exceptional sites

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“Well kept secrets”, is how promoter Eric Boulva describes his Top Notch Tremblant building lot projects in Mont-Tremblant and Lac Supérieur that have attracted more than $35,000,000 worth of investments so far. Since both sites are so superb and in such enviable locations, we thought that anyone looking for a great building lot close to Tremblant and having wonderful views of Mont

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Building self-help affordable homes

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There is hope for those of modest means looking for home ownership at affordable cost. A Québec community enterprise (entreprise d’économie sociale), Habitat Multi Générations, offers a means not only to acquire an affordable home but also to build a green home and reduce the cost of living in other ways. The enterprise has set up shop here in the Laurentians. President

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Boréal Bleu lakeshore homes in La Conception

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Boréal Bleu, a new residential project in La Conception, was named after a summer camp, Bleu et Blanc, that once existed on the parcel of land between Lac Clément and Lac des Trois-Montagnes. Educational panels describing the characteristics of the area’s trees are still standing. That attentiveness to the flora and to the environment, according to the promoter, Développement

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Tax credits for eco-friendly renovations

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Homeowners residing in Québec looking to renovate and reduce energy consumption or undertake eco-friendly home renovations in and around their primary residences or cottages might want to look into the Québec government’s EcoRenov refundable tax credit program. Under the program, 20 per cent of the renovations exceeding $2,500, to a maximum of $10,000, can be claimed as a refundable

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A company that cares

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Gestion de Copropriétés Mont-Tremblant Life is good for those fortunate to own a property in Mont-Tremblant. But the tasks involved in its care can be time-consuming and sometimes unwelcome in a resort area where owners want to spend time on recreational activities, not on house maintenance. One of the great advantages of owning a condo is belonging to a condo association that contracts

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Real estate sales in Mont-Tremblant

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Real estate sales in Mont-Tremblant, Lac-Tremblant-Nord and Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré were relatively stable last year compared to 2012. Statistics compiled by the Fédération des chambres immobilières du Québec, Laurentians branch, from its Centris.ca site, similar to MLS listings, show 356 transactions in these three municipalities in 2013, a very slight drop of one

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Station Nature rises

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The residential condominium project, Station Nature by Premia Construction, featured in this column last February, is taking shape, and sales have been underway since December 21. The first units will be completed this month. Over the next two years, a total of 36 units, two and three bedrooms (4½ and 5½), with 1,200 to almost 1,300 square feet of living space, will be built. Prices range

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A new wave of architecture

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“The new buyers of resort homes,” says George Lathouras, “will be younger, from a new generation that expects a different lifestyle.” “They don’t need huge homes,” George explains. The new buyer, he says, appreciates simplicity, functionality, energy  efficiency and cost effectiveness, particularly in a natural setting where the focus is on the beauty

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Spahaus homes on Lac Supérieur

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It’s a very original, innovative residential project tailored to the times and the real estate market, on one of the most strikingly beautiful places around Tremblant and all of the Laurentians. Promoter Michel Beaulieu says Spahaus, at Fraternité-sur-lac, is unique in Québec. Spahaus is inspired by Scandinavian design concepts, melted into a naturally pristine mountain forest landscape

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Maisons du lac: a picture postcard location

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Six townhouses will rise in the heart of Mont-Tremblant’s Old Village on the shores of Lac Mercier next spring in a residential project that will take full advantage of one of the most picturesque and interesting corners of Mont-Tremblant. The luxury townhouses will be built immediately behind the Place de la Gare art centre, between Lac Mercier and the linear park trail. Only five will go on

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Havre des Légendes: defining a new trend

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This column first mentioned the Havres des Légendes luxury home project high on the south flank of Mont-Tremblant, overlooking Lac Tremblant, in August last year, soon after it was announced. With the first of four units now completed, president Eric Lefebvre of Construction Tremblant, Signature Custom Builders, invited us for a look. As expected from this construction firm, the mark of quality

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New Énergéco plant

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Well-known in  the Mont-Tremblant region, promoter Alain Cullis is directing his energies and more than 30 years of experience in France and Québec to building contemporary prefabricated homes in a new plant in Rivière-Rouge, just north of Mont-Tremblant. The plant is a marvel of simplicity and efficiency, using hands-on labour, not automated conveyer-belt methods, to turn out modular

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Demand “stable” for recreational properties

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It won’t be surprising to anyone that “interest rates factor hugely into the decisions of Canadian households when it comes to purchasing a recreational property”. That’s one of the findings of the annual survey of recreational properties across Canada conducted by the real estate agency Royal LePage. Still, the 2013 poll shows a few interesting facts and figures. For example,

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Bonneville homes: a sound choice

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Bonneville, the largest and best-known prefabricated home builder in Québec, is visibly present in Mont-Tremblant with three of the company’s models standing just off Highway 117 North between the Brébeuf and Montée Ryan exits. The showcase homes are fine examples of the firm’s good-looking “champêtre” or country-style and rustic residences and the

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Council decides on short-term home rentals

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The result of town council’s deliberations on the weighty issue of short-term rentals of homes in certain areas in Mont-Tremblant will be made known at the regularly scheduled public session of the council on April 8. The issue has been a dilemma for years with town council well aware that coming down on one side or the other, proponents or opponents, would likely cause sharp and divisive reaction. On

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Via Sauvagia: contemporary living in nature

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A residential development with its own private ski mountain is a rarity! That’s one of the features that set Via Sauvagia apart from any other residential project. The $150 million development on 110 hectares will eventually have 277 homes on both sides of Mont Sauvage, which straddles the border between Val-Morin and Sainte-Adèle. Plans call for 60 condos (730 to 1,500 square feet) in

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Station Nature: easy on the pocket

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Premia Construction is doing it again. This young company based in Blainville, led by Cédric Grenon, is building inexpensive condos on rue Labelle (part of Route 327), this time adjacent to the P’tit Train du Nord linear park trail and across the road from the Parc des Voyageurs in the Downtown (Saint-Jovite) district. The project, “Station Nature”, is situated one or two kilometres

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