Montreal real estate: Where to buy in the city's inner suburbs 2018

Top neighbourhoods in Montreal’s inner suburbs 2018

Outside Montreal, Fabreville is tough to beat on price with homes for $262,000


1. Laval-Ouest (Fabreville)

Want to step away from the high prices of Montreal Island? Consider settling into the heart of Greater Montreal: Laval-Ouest.

This neighbourhood is a hub that’s only 20 to 30 minutes away from downtown Montreal, making it a great option for commuters. Plus, the lower-priced homes in this neighbourhood tend to be older properties built before the 1980s, which enables buyers to add their own sweat equity into a home, if they wish.

The average home price in this neighbourhood is just over $262,000, which is $110,000 less than the average house price for all of Montreal’s inner suburban neighbourhoods. In the last year prices appreciated 11% and in the last five years property values have gone up 18%.

2. Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu (Chambly)

This outer suburban community jumped 86 spots to No. 2 this year and with good reason. The average home price in this neighbourhood was just over $306,100 — that’s a $25,000 savings from the inner suburbs average home price and a price point that’s almost $75,000 less than the average house price in the Greater Montreal Area (GMA). But it’s what buyers can get that really makes the difference. Rather than settling for a townhome with a postage stamp backyard, buyers can move into a three or four-bedroom detached home with a front and backyard.

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First, though, you’ll have to make peace with the commute. Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu is a 30-minute drive from Montreal’s core — more if you hit traffic or get bad weather. As a result, there are some urban-dwellers that don’t even consider this community to be a part of Montreal, but it is part of Greater Montreal and for those who want to stretch their house-buying dollar, Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu and the south shore are becoming more and more popular.

3. Saint-Hubert (Saint-Hubert)

Another south-shore neighbourhood to make it into our top tier lists is Saint-Hubert. Last year this quiet community was No. 31 in the overall ranking, this year it’s No. 3 on the inner suburbs list.

This neighbourhood offers quaint two to four-bedroom detached homes at reasonable prices. The average cost for a single-family home in 2017 was just under $300,000 — a full $80,000 less than the average home in the Greater Montreal Area (and $30,000 less than other inner suburban Montreal neighbourhoods).

The community is only 20 to 30 minutes away from downtown Montreal, which is great for people who don’t mind the commute. But it’s particularly attractive to those that work in Quebec’s aerospace industry, which is a big employer in the Longueuil area.

Top 25 neighbourhoods

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Rank Neighbourhood Area Average home price (2017) Value Momentum Realtor Grade Average price vs. area Avg. price vs. metro district Avg. price vs. outer region 1-year price change 3-year price change 5-year price change
2Saint-Mathias-sur-RichelieuSouth Shore$306,13358.9399.40★★½89.91%89.02%92.22%11.71%27.25%31.35%
3Saint-HubertSouth Shore$299,86455.9575.60★★★½100.00%87.19%90.33%7.11%14.10%15.28%
4Greenfield ParkSouth Shore$306,05859.5280.36★★★91.54%89.00%92.19%8.84%14.33%16.23%
5Saint-PhilippeSouth Shore$273,02373.8174.40★★½98.28%79.39%82.24%5.18%8.30%23.74%
6Saint-AmableSouth Shore$245,28294.6446.43★★½80.20%71.32%73.89%4.95%7.31%11.34%
7BrossardSouth Shore$422,91130.3683.93★★★½92.05%122.97%127.39%6.02%14.25%21.75%
8BeloeilSouth Shore$303,78761.3162.50★★★93.38%88.34%91.51%9.89%10.22%11.55%
9La PrairieSouth Shore$373,87140.4868.45★★★½85.06%108.71%112.62%9.74%7.30%16.64%
10DelsonSouth Shore$275,32967.2663.10★★½99.11%80.06%82.94%6.19%9.44%13.34%
12Saint-Bruno-de-MontarvilleSouth Shore$435,02220.8375.00★★★½98.42%126.50%131.04%10.64%6.86%19.43%
13Otterburn ParkSouth Shore$304,96958.3351.19★★★93.74%88.68%91.87%8.34%7.34%11.01%
15ChâteauguaySouth Shore$241,95082.1440.48★★½98.78%70.35%72.88%6.45%7.29%10.12%
17ChamblySouth Shore$318,69151.7947.02★★★93.59%92.67%96.00%1.40%6.54%13.80%
18Sainte-CatherineSouth Shore$268,53476.1932.74★★½96.66%78.08%80.89%2.86%6.63%10.58%
19RichelieuSouth Shore$274,14583.3324.40★★★80.51%79.72%82.58%1.97%9.65%2.78%
20BeauharnoisSouth Shore$198,90698.8124.40★★81.21%57.84%59.92%-0.89%4.40%10.71%
21Saint-LambertSouth Shore$627,6672.3882.14★★★½136.62%182.51%189.07%7.03%15.98%17.28%
24CarignanSouth Shore$434,09811.9086.90★★★127.49%126.23%130.76%7.53%12.84%27.84%
25McMastervilleSouth Shore$280,72375.6019.64★★★86.29%81.63%84.56%4.06%3.17%6.38%
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These are our picks for the best neighbourhoods to buy real estate in Montreal’s inner suburbs, but if you’d rather live closer to downtown or even farther into the countryside, we have more suggestions. We ranked the best neighbourhoods in three regions — core, inner suburbs and outer. The core is the city’s urban centre, with accessible transit and easy access to amenities. The inner suburbs are for people who don’t mind trading a longer commute for better parking and a bigger lot size. And the outer region is for buyers who either don’t need to commute downtown at all, or are willing to log some serious travel time in exchange for affordable prices and wide open spaces. Check out the map below to see how the regions break down.

Regions map