Ateliers Castelnau – Discovering the Mile-Ex Area 

Over the last five years, the Mile-Ex neighbourhood has undergone a dramatic transformation. The decaying factories have been gutted and transformed into urban housing complexes and unique office spaces. Due to the rising rent costs in the plateau, many artists and craftsmen have found refuge in the Mile-Ex area, as property in the area is more affordable and less inflated. Along with this cultural exodus, several trendy bars, cafés, and restaurants have opened in the area; drawing enthusiasts from around the island of Montreal to sample the new and exciting flavours of the Mile-Ex. If you’re thinking about moving to this area in the near future, here are three things to know about the Mile-Ex.


  • Parks & Recreation

The Mile-Ex neighbourhood is strategically located in the heart of Montreal’s urban metropolis. To the south you have Le Plateau-Mont Royal and to the west is the neighbourhood of Park Extension. To the north you have Little Italy and the Jean-Talon market, while to the east there’s Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie.


There are several parks and green spaces located close to this charming district including Jarry Park, which is a giant green space ideal for walks and picnics during the summer months. Jarry Park also houses the Uniprix stadium, which means you can see a tennis match during the Rogers Cup in August.


  • Dining

In 2016, Vogue magazine published an article highlighting the vibrant and unique feel of the Mile-Ex area, cementing it as one of the trendiest districts in the world. Several exclusive bars and restaurant dot the district in an inconspicuous way including Alexandraplatz, an old brewing factory that’s been transformed into an outdoor bar during the summer months. There’s also La Dinette Triple Crown, which serves authentic southern comfort food. During the summer months, the staff will even provide a picnic basket so you can take the meal to the park across the street. Check out the rest of the article for more restaurants in the area.

Photo: Courtesy of Robert Skinner, La Presse
  • Proximity

Because the Mile-Ex is nestled in the heart of Montreal, it’s virtually close to everything. There are dozens of English and French elementary and high schools located nearby including the Bancroft, Lambert-Closse Elementary, Rosemount High, Nesbitt Elementary, and Charles Bruneau. The main universities are also easily accessible via public transport and there are three metro stations nearby including Jean-Talon, De Castelnau, and Beaubien. There are a few major bus lines that go straight to the downtown core including the 55 and 80.


It’s also important to note the Mile-Ex area is close to a host of major tech companies such as Ubisoft, Summit-Tech Multimedia Communications Inc, Behaviour Interactive, Gameloft and Breather to name a few.


Whether you’re an artist or entrepreneur, if you’re settle in an urban area, the Mile-Ex neighbourhood offers a wide range of possibilities. For more information regarding property developments in the area, consult DevMcGill’s Ateliers Castelnau project to find the perfect home for you.







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