One would be hard pressed to
find a more original looking building than the Le Peterson.
Its wavy facade truly looks like it is inspired by its
namesake, the famous Montreal pianist Oscar Peterson.
The Le Peterson condo building is the latest in a serie
of three confusing building names. The Le President Kennedy
building finds its address at 1070 Bleury whereas the
building at 441 President Kennedy is called Le Concorde name
after the street on the other side of the building, De La
Concorde. The Le Peterson's address is 405 de la Concorde so
obviously this will compound the number of people going to
the wrong address.
A small price to pay however as
its location is one of the most convenient in the city. The
building's musical inspiration is connected to its proximity
to the Place des Arts, Montreal's entertainment district
where the Jazz Festival, the Fracofolies (french music
artists) and the Just for Laughs (comedy) festival hold
their core events. Several times a year, tens of thousands
of people flock to this area for these three and several
other secondary events. Le Peterson is also located close to
two subway stations, the Place des Arts and McGill stations
are 1 and 3 minutes walk way respectively. Both stations
connect to Montreal's famouns underground city. From the
Place des Arts it is possible to walk undeground all the way
to the Old Port area whereas entering on the McGill side
will allow a warm and dry walk to Montreal's financial
district in under 15 minutes.
Le Peterson is also
located very close to McGill University and is surrounded by
a plaethora of restaurants, cafes, bars, grocery stores, and
pharmacies all within a 10 minute walk (usally under half
The Le Peterson is divided into two sections.
The lower section is made up of loft style condos with
double height windows and 16 ft ceilings with mezzanines
where the bedrooms are usually located. These are very
unique condos and are difficult to find elsewhere in the
Downtwon area. The units from the 10th floor and up are in
the most disctinctive (wavy) part of the building and are
your typical condo style units of various types of layout.
The waves are actually large balconies. Most of these units
have absolutely stunning views of the Downtown core and East
Downtown area including the Jacques Cartier bridge, the
Olympic Stadium, the St Lawrence river and much more.
Another interesting feature of the building is that nearly
all the units are on the South East side or North East side.
From above the building is 'L' shaped with the outside of
the 'L' being where most condos are orientated and the
longest bar on the 'L' being orientated towards the South
Le Peterson also has exceptionnal amenities. On
the ground floor a Piano lounge with a mini grand in its
centre is just accross the lobby from a games and party room
which has a bar, a large TV, a pool table, and a foozball
table. Higher up on the 27th floor, residents may enjoy an
exercise room with views and a massive terrace with 180
degree views towards the south. This terrace also has a
climbing wall, a BBQ area and deck chaires, outdoor dining
areas, and small fountains. The absence of a pool is often
noticed but the views are arguably the best from any condo
building in Montreal.
Beautiful and original exterior design which dominates the
area. Great amenities and the building's condos have very
large balconies and excellent views. Very convienient
location for getting around the city and for everyday needs.
The viewing deck is truly unique and an exceptional feature
worth a look at the verry least.
The problem with having so many amenities is that people
start noticing what's missing. In this case a swimming pool.
Whilst many of the units higher up have some of the best
views in the city, others enjoy views of wall as the
building was the victim of dubious city planning and is in
the heart of the highest density area in Downtown Montreal.
The De la Concorde street is very claustrophobic and not
very inviting to drive down and very underwhelming for a
$700 per s/f + condo building.