Thursday Doors – August 3, 2017

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St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Notre-Dame-de-Grace – Montréal

We recently decided to check out an area in the western part of Montréal that I don’t get to visit very often. Notre-Dame-de-Grace, or NDG for short, is one of the larger city boroughs west of downtown.

Along with it’s neighbor Westmount, this is the part of Montréal with the highest percentage of residents who call English their mother tongue.

This middle to upper middle class neighborhood of close to 67,000 is filled with wide, quiet, tree-lined residential streets, and though real-estate here is much sought-after by families and young professionals, it still has some of the most affordable residential housing in the city.

We were actually curious enough to check online for some of the listings we saw while walking around. A typical detached 3-bedroom home was listing for a little under $500,000 which is an absolute bargain when you consider that these days similar properties in either Toronto or Vancouver would sell for 2 to 3 times that price.

But we were there on a doorscursion – not house shopping. So while walking around on one of the quiet streets in this neighborhood we came across this lovely old stone church.

St. Thomas’ has been serving the Anglican community in NDG since it was built in 1842.

As I often do when I come across an unexpected gem like this, I try to walk around the entire building, because going around to the side and back can lead to some wonderful door discoveries.

Especially when the building sits on a corner lot and has entrances from several sides.

And little treasures like this hidden garden shed door.

Or this side door.

Bell Tower

This one doesn’t seem to get much use.

I finished up as best I could with the late day light fading fast.

Conclusion, I have to get out and explore neighborhoods like NDG more often 🙂

As always, thanks so much for visiting 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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52 Responses to Thursday Doors – August 3, 2017

  1. reocochran says:

    I really liked the well kept wooden doors (except one with S on it.) The shed door was a sweet one and the stone work shows tones of blues, grays and rose colors. Pretty arches really set each door off, Norm. Smiles, Robin I am happy you are going on vacation and enjoy! We often wish friends, “Safe travel mercies, Norm.” 😊

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  2. I’m glad you walked all the way around! You found some beautiful gems. I love the arched doors and the wood looks like it’s aged beautifully. 🙂

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  3. That’s a lovely shot of the tree-lined street, Norm, and those arched doors are gorgeous.

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  4. Jennie says:

    A gem, indeed!

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  5. marianallen says:

    Oh, I love all the hiding ones! Especially the one half-covered by the leaves, and the one that seems to be in a garden wall. Oh, but that one with the cat-slide roof over it! What a wonderful find, Norm!

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  6. treerabold says:

    A beautiful church..I’m also glad you walked around the entire building

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  7. Great door finds, Norm. Normally curiosity kills the cat but in your door searches you seem to let the cat out of the bag with really nice door photos.
    We can all lament the housing prices if we were fortunate to buy a home more than 18 years ago; prices are outrageous for homes in the San Francisco Bay Area as they are in your country.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks – this one was a wonderful discovery being that it’s not a neighborhood I know very well.
      Toronto and Vancouver have imposed heavy taxes on foreign buyers to help curb the escalating prices and it seems to be working. I think more cities may have to go that route if they want to keep housing affordable enough for the people who actually live there.

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  8. Love the doors. The first one with bushes on either side looks like a fairy door. 🙂

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  9. Lovely church and doors. My favorites are the doors framed by the Ivy.

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  10. Vanessa says:

    I love older neighbourhoods with their towering trees. Great doors, complemented by a little summer greenery 🙂

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  11. DailyMusings says:

    such wonderful doors!

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  12. jesh stg says:

    Beautiful aged doors!
    Can’t see too well how old or big the houses were in that street where the residences go for 2-3 times 500. When we were living in LA, a 1500 square feet, 3 bedroom house with a small front and back yard that was about 50 years old for (one time) went for that price (if it was in a middle class neighborhood).

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  13. JT Twissel says:

    I imagine those lovely wooden doors take a lot of maintenance! A place called Woodmount one would expect to find a concentration of English speaking folks ; )

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  14. LindaGHill says:

    Gorgeous photos, Norm. I love the little-used one the best. 🙂

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  15. tinahomeblog says:

    I love your pictures, especially the 3rd one.

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  16. Jackie says:

    My old stomping grounds!

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  17. Joanne Sisco says:

    Another great find, Norm. While I liked all the arched wooden doors, I was particularly attracted to the overhanging lights on 2 of the doors. Did you notice the small detail of crosses on the lights? I loved discovering little details like that! Someone put thought into it 🙂

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  18. joey says:

    I love the doors with swooping greenery. The arched doors and the shed, especially 🙂 That sort of house (detached 3 bedroom) averages about $100k USD here in Indy.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joey. I have a feeling the swooping greenery is worse this year because of all the rain we’ve gotten. Our own front yard is looking like a tropical rain forest these days.
      Only 100K for a 3 bdrm within the city limits? Wow, that is very do-able for someone with a steady decent paying job. It’s getting close to being out of reach for many here 😦

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      • joey says:

        That’s unfortunate, the housing costs. I have friends in Vancouver who have expressed that as well.
        My own yard gets overrun with vines this time of year, too, and I don’t often spend time in the heat undoing it. The vines will still be there in September when temps drop!

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  19. Dan Antion says:

    I saw this early, Norm but I was on my phone. I knew I had to wait until I had something with a bigger screen. I love the wooden arched doors! This church looks to have been lovingly maintained for all those years. The photo of the door (near the top) with the lamp in the transom arch could speak for the whole series. The woodwork, the details, the way the stone steps back in stages. I really like that door! I also like the last door, simple, straight, but more than enough detail to fit in well with the rest of the building.

    Under $500,000 you say? It’s a little scary to read that and realize that you are talking about a relative bargain 😦

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Interesting, Dan, how our reactions were so different about the typical house price. While you were shocked at how high it was, I was wondering how I could convince Gilles to sell our place in Toronto and upgrade substantially to Montreal!! Home prices are stupidly insane here.

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      • Dan Antion says:

        Wow – has Toronto always been that way? I was there last, about 15 years ago. I didn’t see much beyond downtown area but it didn’t strike me as super expensive.

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        • Joanne Sisco says:

          I’ve lived here for about 35 years and seen a couple of bubbles, but nothing like this current one.

          We bought our first house during one of those bubbles in 1986. It was an old semi-detached, 900 sq ft and cost $109,000 … a horrific price at the time.
          Today I saw a listing for a similar house a few doors down from our former home and the asking price is $1.2 million. 900 sq feet … no driveway :/

          I feel so badly for people trying to move to Toronto and young couples wanting to buy their first home.
          My sister lives in a tiny community 90 minutes north of Toronto. They’ve seen the value of homes in their village triple because of the upper pressure caused by Toronto’s housing market.

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          • Dan Antion says:

            Wow! I don’t know how young people manage. $1.2 million ???

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          • Norm 2.0 says:

            1.2 mil. would get you an amazing place on a fairly large lot in NDG.
            Better hurry though all the foreign buyers who drive up the prices are coming here next 😉

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            • Joanne Sisco says:

              Like Vancouver, Toronto has also started to impose a foreign buyer’s tax on real estate if the property won’t be the primary residence of the buyer.
              Based on the latest numbers released yesterday, home sales have cooled off substantially, but I’m not aware if prices have started to come down yet.
              I think you’re right though. With Vancouver and Toronto putting up barriers against speculators, Montreal may very well be the next target location.

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  20. Handsome doors, and I love the hardware especially the round pulls. Salaries in your neck of the woods must be quite competitive to be able to afford real estate that high. 🙂

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  21. Alan H says:

    I would particularly like to know what is behind the door with the “S” on it.

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  22. ianbcross says:

    Solid was the first word which came to my mind, too. Typical Anglican architecture, solid stone and wood. Great pictures.

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  23. Judith says:

    Good, solid, well kept doors in a peaceful green setting.

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