The borough of Verdun is composed of numerous smaller neighbourhoods, each with their own distinctive types of homes. There are the rambling, 100-year-old triplexes that line "the avenues" (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.) stretching from Lasalle boulevard to Verdun or Bannantyne. There are the cheerful brick duplexes mostly found west of Woodland and east of the Douglas Hospital grounds. They were built from the late thirties into the 50s and usually consist of two 4 1/2 apartments, sometimes with a basement. Then of course there are the veterans' cottages of Crawford Park, Cape Cods built in the 1940s to accomodate returning soldiers and their families. These detached red-brick houses with sloping roofs originally had two bedrooms upstairs and two more on the groud floor, leaving just enough room for a narrow kitchen, modest livingroom, and the home's only bathroom. Though they look small to us today, many Verduners managed to raise large families in them.
Then there are newer developments. Many condo projects have sprung up along semi-commercial streets like Bannantyne and Wellington, as well as some on the north-south avenues near Verdun metro. The high-rises of Allée des Brises-du-Fleuve built in the late 90s and early 2000s mirror the highrises of Nuns Island, providing magnificent views of the St-Lawrence river from the opposite direction.
Just steps from the Lasalle metro, a stone's throw from Wellington street in one direction and from the Atwater tunnel in the other is a little street called de la Poudrière. The buildings there are small apartment complexes, some townhouse-style condos and a few semi-detached single family homes, all built between 1985 and 1994. You may never have chanced upon Rue de la Poudriere since it is a street that leads nowhere. It is in fact, a circle, or perhaps two circles since Henri-Duhamel runs right through the middle of it and changes the direction of traffic each time it meets up with de la Poudrière.
The above map shows Rue de la Poudrière, where Mary Lamey and I have just listed a spectacular condo. It has three large bedrooms, for starters, never easy to find in a condo. Located on the 3rd floor it has a mezzanine on the fourth and a cathedral ceiling rising above the living/dining area.The condo has huge windows that flood the rooms with light. It has two balconies on the third level and a terrasse on the fourth that looks out over trees and rooftops and from which you can, if you're so inclined, watch glorious sunrises.
The Lasalle metro station is practically at your doorstep, and you're walking distance from shopping on Wellington, as well as the Atwater market. In a car, you can be on the 15, the 20, the 720 or the 10 within minutes. It's literally a ten minute drive to downtown. 206, rue de la Poudriere is a quiet retreat that's also at the heart of the action.