The Altoria building was
finished in 2014 and is a modern glass building with only
140 condos of which all have views of some sort.
building's address is 495 Viger Avenue West which put it
right on the periphery of Montrea's Financial district.
Located right accross the street from one of Montreal's most
famous city outdoor spaces, Square victoria, the building's
name was actually a combination of the word Altitude and
Victoria. It offers quick and direct access to the
undeground city and Square Victoria metro.
One of the
building's most interesting aspects is that it has a huge
commercial section on the lower 10 floors, which have a
separate access from the residential part of the building.
This is, a rather unique feature in Montreal and it serves a
very specific purpose. By ensuring no residential units are
lower down, the building's architects ensured that every
condo in Altoria has some views and natural light. This
helps the value of the building as more expensive units that
are usually higher up are not weighed down by units that are
sold at a much lower price on the 2nd or 3rd floor for
example. This helps created an exclusivity and also create a
distinctive feature for the building.
The lobby is
clean and elegant with a 24/7 doorman. The high ceilings on
the ground floor flood the area with natural light and offer
great views of Square Victoria and the Stock Exchange tower
(Tour de la Bourse) and cast little doubt over the areas'
The amenities are excellent in terms of
quality, especially considering the small number of units,
but are poor in quantity as residents may enjoy a pool
located on the 10th floor with space for outdoor BBQ's and
socialising with other residents, as well as a gym with
plenty of equipment. However there is no games room, indoor
pool, sauna etc...
The units are reasonably sized
with large windos to take advantage of all the natural light
the building's imposing height offers its residents. Layouts
are usually well thought out and the room sizes are still
suitable whilst smaller than most buildings that were built
10 years before or less.
Excellent quality building, good residents in a safe and
secure environment. Direct access to the underground city
and subway. Sky pool within an unique environment in
Montreal. What's more, almost every unit comes with a view
so this is a great building for those who enjoy natural
light and sun.
CONS: Unless one
works in the financial district, its not really close to
anything. St Catherine's is up a hill, the edge of the old
port is at least 5 minutes walk, and there are no grocery
stores within 10 minutes. Even Depanneurs (corner stores)
are rare. Its very much a 9-5 neighbourhood as most
buisinesses work aroud local office hours. Altoria is also
surprisingly short of amenities compared to other buildings
of the same era. There is a very good gym and an outdoor
pool but no indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, urban chalet, games
room etc... but then again, it is a well known fact that
most people don't use these facilities in the buildings that