Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I WANNA live there # 43

I live in a pretty incredible area - in Montreal, It's an historical neighbourhood loaded with tons and tons of charm - and 20th century architecture, just steps away from the city center, it's also a pretty expensive neighbourhood ( in which I live in servants quarters basically compared to what I'm surrounded by ) 
Because there are days I don't have furniture makeovers to show you - I've chosen Wednesdays to showcase and feature one or two homes that are for sale around here.................( or apartment - or duplex - or teepee )
Keep in mind this is in the heart of the city - so the prices reflect that  - think Manhattan - where these places would cost 3 or 4 times what they're listed for here!
On occasion I'll showcase beautiful homes in other areas - countries - continents - the one thing most of them will have have in common will be their age - because I love old homes with stories to tell, join me won't you?

Summer time................cottages up north - they go together like ( like rama lama lama ) 
So I thought we go up to St Agathe Des Monts - here in Quebec - and see what's doing!!!
We call this area " the Laurentians "

Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts is a town in the province of Quebec in the regional county municipality of Les Laurentides, in the administrative region of Laurentides, also known as the "Laurentians" or the Laurentian Mountains (in English). Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts borders on a lake called Lac des Sables, and is located approximately 100 kilometres north of Montreal.
The town has been twinned with Lagny-sur-MarneFrance since 1969 and Saranac LakeNew York since 2002.
Next to Mont Tremblant, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts has the largest population of English-speaking summer cottage residents in the Laurentians (with a smaller but still sizable winter cottage population as well, particularly on the weekends).[citation needed]  In addition to a French population
Generations of cottagers from English Montreal, Ontario, New York, and New Jersey vacation amidst the lakes and mountains surrounding the town
First one up is listed at 319,900
3 bedrooms - 3 baths 
Listing agent Steven Deckelbaum

The exterior in no way reflects how charming this home is on the inside

Isn't that magnificent - and I - who do not like wood - would leave every glorious piece of it here in tact!!!
Nor would I touch this beautiful stone fireplace

or the doors - the doors could stay like that too!

and those window frames?  nope - no paint - 

in fact I'd never bring a paintbrush up here - ever 

I LOVE how the kitchen is down a few steps - feels very European kind of............

The solarium

the other side

Master bedroom


it's not off a lake - but it has an in ground pool

and beautiful gardens

and a creek - this could sell me alone.................

Oh yes - I could most definitely,

Live there !!!!!!!!!!

And then of course there's the option of renting a cottage by the lake for your summer vacation!

Situated approximately 7 minutes from the town St. Agathe-des- Monts, Quebec, Canada for fine and casual dining, groceries, etc. 1 hour north of Montreal.  25 minutes to Tremblant Village and ski, 17 minutes to Mont Blanc, 20 minutes to Mont Saint Sauveur.

Lac Magnon is a 1.5 km long lake with long shallow beach areas, lily pads & duck families!
The lake has a beautiful shallow water channel that connects to Lac Arpin, a large unpopulated northern lake with beautiful open water and forests.

AAA rated fresh mountain water (drinkable)

Very good natural fishing lake


This is the sweetest cottage - oh I could spend a couple of weeks here -

Does it get prettier than this?

this next photo fills me with such peace................an old picnic table - a rusted barbque - 2 old fashioned deck chairs - a bird house - and a lake.............

I'll show you the interior - but really after seeing the exterior - does it even matter???

Isn't it too cute for words?
Could you spend a week or 2 there?

If I close my eyes - I can actually smell it - it smells of  noxema and hotdogs on the grill and fly swatters and cherry flavored kool aid and flip flops and egg sandwiches and sand in my bathing suit and hide and go seek and canoe rides and other moments from my childhood..........

Have a great Wednesday all!
Much love,

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  1. Wooow!! Spectacular!!
    I've been in Laurentides, the landscapes are so so beautiful.
    The two houses are gorgeous, each in his style!!

    Follow your diet, you'll be gorgeous for your daughter's wedding!! And then, you can already eat apple pie, cupcakes......Too many temptations, ooohhhh......
    I also have to put me to diet, aggghhhh..... My apple pie was delicious, jajajaja...
    Besitosss Suzan!!

    1. Wow Luna - you certainly saw a lot of Quebec when you visited - I thought you were on in Montreal!!!
      I agree - the Laurentians are pretty spectacular!
      I don't want to hear about how good your Apple Pie was this week - thank you very much LOL

  2. I want that second one. Or ANY cottage on a lake!

  3. I really like the second one. It's very charming and cozy. And although the second one is (technically) very nice, I just couldn't do it Suzan! All that wood...oh no...I just couldn't do it. Too much wood in the house would make me lose my mind... :)

    1. Well, I meant to say the first one doesn't appeal to me because of all the wood (must learn to type slower!), but you understood. Your answer made me smile because I wonder how long it would be before you caved and got rid of some of the wood look! :) I'm stressed just thinking about living surround by that much wood! Eeeeek....

  4. We looked at a house that had insides like that first one about five times (no lie, the realtor hated us after that) before we purchased the one we're in (which looks nothing like that one). It was three stories and the wood went all the way up like that in the front part of the house (you could view it all from the balcony outside of the bedrooms). We really wanted it, loved it, adored everything about it (and it had a stream in the yard too, and a lake directly across the street) but it was short a bedroom. We kept trying to get around that but never could (kids gotta have a place to sleep, lol).

  5. Loved both of these though I must admit the little one is my favorite. It reminds me of summers when I was a girl. That lake is beautiful and I am a sucker for the sound of water!

  6. These homes are both fabulous! The first one with all the wood is very warm & cozy. I love the creek. The second one is much more me though.....Oh how I would love to spend some time there! Thanks for sharing.....:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  7. Call me crazy, but I'd rather have the smaller cottage. Although, I prefer my Noxema ungrilled! :)

  8. We rarely vacation but I could easily spend a week...or the whole summer in a cute cottage just about anywhere! Love that second one too....sitting on that deck at sunset with a glass of wine.....wonderful!

  9. Before you close your eyes and smell too deeply... it does have a bathroom, right? All the cabins of my youth had outhouses. Such a treat that was, especially when one had to go in the middle of the night and dodge bears.

    But these are lovely. You keep making me think I need to go on vacation.

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  11. Someone has cabin fever...but of a different sort! Cottages and cabins for Suzan. Maybe after the wedding?

  12. I prefer the second one, even if it's less magnificent, it's more me and I would spend the week redecorating it in my head (am I the only one who does that every time she rents a place for the holidays?). But I bet John would rather go in the first one since you said you wouldn't bring a paint brush there!

  13. Oh- I could see staying in the second one for a nice, serene getaway. I absolutely love it. The first one is like the ones you see here Up Nort', as they say.

    I am thinking about you getting ready for the wedding. Hope you are holding up. Wish I were there to lend a hand...and be a guest, of course. xo Diana

  14. I just LOVE wood and adore that first place. The second place makes me realize I live in a great place, much like that, just needing a little face lift. I live on a lake, but not at water's edge. It's beautiful here, thanks for the reminder!!!

  15. I suspect they keep the exterior of the 'cabin' as it is, to keep the taxes down. The inside doesn't even look like it's from the same place! And you can't fool us, Suzan. You'd have that whole thing painted within a week. lol ;-)

    I do love the little cottage. Very pretty. I'd like to make it my home-away-from-home - provided it was given to me, tax free. :-) But it really is lovely.

  16. Hi Suzan,
    The first one is oh so over the top beautiful but I like the second one. Oh I would love to get in that one and have fun decorating. So sweet.

  17. I agree with you about the first one - it's quintessential Quebecoise chalet - gorgeous!!! And the second one reminds me of the cottages we used to rent at Southhampton during my childhood - I can smell the Off!!!

    1. I just adore the little one................would love to have a place like that by the lake at this point in my life Heather!

  18. I love both of them but that cottage has me written all over it. It is so quaint and right on the water like that, it would be peaceful and glorious!



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