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Built in 2005-2006, the 1200 Ouest or 1200 de Maisonneuve as it is better known, is a twin tower construction built on one foundation and joined by the underground parking.

The two buildings each have their respective addresses at 1200 De Maisonneuve Ouest and 1210 de Maisonneuve Ouest. They are the mirror image of one another and have 23 floors each of which two are commercial.

The 1200 Ouest is located in the Golden Square Mile, arguably downtown Montreal's most expensive and sought after neighbourhood or possibly second only to the Old Port area. The 1200 de Maisonneuve is located right next to the Peel Metro (subway) station on the Green line and is equidistant between McGill and Concordia Universities. With the business district and the underground city on its doorsteps, there arent many better places to be.

There are several different types of condos in this building but the most prevalent are the 1100 square foot two bedroom units the 1550 square foot 2/3 bedroom units (with balcony) and the 850 square feet one bedroom units. There are many other types but they are predominantly on the penthouse levels or on the lower floors. All the units are very large by today's standards. Even when it was built, units in similar buildings were about 10% smaller.

The buildings amenities are good but rather basic given its ostentatious exterior and lobby. There is an outdoor pool with a large terrace, a gym and a sauna. Both buildings enjoy the services of their own 24/7 doorman and the building management has its offices located 'in-situe' which can make life for its residents much easier.

PROS: The common areas and the facade of the towers are very attractive and likely to ensure the building ages very gracefully. The staff are efficient and polite and the amenities should be more than enough for all but the most discerning. The location is one of the most sought-after in the city with the underground city and Crescent street (the party street) just minutes away.The units are large and most have excellent views of the mountain or the river.

CONS: For some reason, grocery stores are scarce in the neighbourhood, the finishings of the condos contrast sharply with that of the common areas and they have not aged well. By now, most buyers would be contemplating changing the kitchen and the floors which would probably be a good investment and generate a good return. It is still cheaper to buy an 1100 square foot unit in 1200 de Maisonneuve and invest $50,000 in renovations than to buy a 950 Square foot unit in the more recent, but less well located Roccabella building at 1300 Rene Levesque.