Discover the Charm of Lachine Montreal: A Hidden Gem in Montreal
Welcome to our latest blog where we will shine a new spotlight on one of Montreal’s charming neighborhoods: Lachine. Nestled along the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, Lachine boasts a rich history, charming architecture, and a bustling community that truly makes it one of the city’s hidden gems. With its attractive blend of urban convenience and peaceful waterfront living, it’s no wonder that this neighborhood has become a popular destination for buyers looking for a new place to call home. So, sit back, relax, and join us as we explore all that this vibrant neighborhood has to offer.
Lachine is a borough located on the southwestern end of the Island of Montreal. With a population of just over 44,000 residents in 2016, Lachine offers a mix of urban and suburban living, with plenty of green spaces and relatively easy access to the city center. The median age in Lachine is around 42 years old, and the average household income is $69,331 per year. The neighborhood is a diverse community, and in 2016, the population was split with 60% of residents speaking French at home, 29% speaking English, and 11% speaking several other languages. Lachine was originally founded as a village in 1848, became a town in 1872, and its own city in 1909. It only became part of Montreal on January 1, 2002.
The origins of the name ‘Lachine’ are somewhat shrouded in mystery. Most accounts conclude that the name is derived from the French “la Chine.” This name is said to have come from 1667 to poke fun at René-Robert Cavelier, who explored the interior of North America in search of a passage to China. When he failed to find a way to China, he and his men were referred to as “Les Chinois.” Others believe that the name is actually attributed to the famous French explorer Samuel de Champlain. This version of events states that Champlain proposed the creation of a trading post in Lachine for goods coming from China, and the name Lachine was then derived from this proposal.
Indeed, Lachine has a rich history dating back to the 17th century when the area was a key hub for the fur trade industry. Today, the neighborhood has evolved into a thriving community with a mix of old and new architecture, including several historic buildings that have been restored and repurposed for modern use. Despite its location on the outskirts of Montreal, Lachine is still well-connected to the city center, with easy access to highways 20 and 13, and several bus and train lines.
One of the biggest draws of the borough is its many green spaces and outdoor activities. For those who love nature, there is Parc Monk, which includes a beach area for kayaking and boat tours, as well as excellent jogging paths. There is also the Parc LaSalle, which boasts beautiful views, a skatepark, and a pool. Not to mention the Quai de Lachine, a boardwalk that offers gorgeous waterfront views. These are just a few of Lachine’s many large and historic green spaces and stunning views along the canal.
For families with children, Lachine also has several excellent schools to choose from. Both French and English public schools are available, with a range of options for both primary and secondary education. For primary students, there is Maple Grove Elementary teaching in English, and options like École Primaire Victor Therrien and École Primaire Catherine-Soumillard teaching in French (among many others). For high school students, there is Lakeside Academy teaching in English, and École secondaire Dalbé-Viau and Collège Saint-Louis teaching in French. Lachine is also home to Collège Sainte-Anne, a well-respected private elementary and high school.
When it comes to food, Lachine has tons of options, with a diverse range of restaurants, cafes, and food shops. Some of its best-rated highlights as of 2023 are Il Fornetto (Italian), El Meson (Mexican), Falafel St. Jacques’s second location, G. Lafrite (Casse-Croute), Taormina Lounge (Italian), Nonnina (Cafe & Sandwiches), H8S Bar à Café (Cafe), Eggsquis (Breakfast), La Picada (Chilean Bakery), and Tubomi Sushi (Japanese). There’s also the Marché de Lachine, a quaint but popular indoor farmers’ market selling local products. This location also provides a bustling outdoor market from May-October.
When it comes to housing, Lachine offers a range of options, from older homes with character to newer developments and condos. Despite recent increases in housing prices in Montreal, Lachine remains an affordable neighborhood, with a median single-family home price of $689,500 and a median condo price of $382,000. Whether you’re looking for a cozy condo or a spacious single-family home, you’re sure to find something that fits your budget and lifestyle in Lachine.
In conclusion, if you’re hoping for a community that is rich in history and culture, offers a variety of school options, great dining, impeccable outdoor activities, and is affordable and accessible, Lachine is a neighborhood that you should definitely consider. Our team of real estate experts is here to help you find your dream home in Lachine, or anywhere else in Montreal. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today with any questions or concerns!