Mylène Davidson and Frédéric Bastien did not cut corners when they decided to create a large intergenerational house in Montérégie.
“Since my mother-in-law wanted two bedrooms, we first looked for which municipality allowed us to fit a four and a half into an existing house. In the region, only Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu allows it. Everywhere else, the limit is set at three and a half,” explains the mother of Caleb and Clovis, aged 6 and 5.
The couple made their choice in 2021 on a large red brick house, built in 1996 by a doctor in a peaceful residential area, very close to an elementary school, a municipal park, a CLSC and a hospital.
Quick access to Highway 35 was also an asset for these two workers always on the road. The woman is a real estate broker, while the man is a building inspector. “For us, this house combines the tranquility of the South Shore with the proximity of city services,” summarizes Ms. Davidson.
The house has another special attraction: an elevator which gives access to its five levels, i.e. the basement, the garage, the ground floor, the loft above the garage and, finally , the upper floor. “The wife of the first owner suffered from reduced mobility, explains Mylène Davidson. We thought it might be useful. »
The creation of the apartment required several modifications to strictly comply with municipal regulations.
“Everything was done by certified contractors, supporting invoices,” says the co-owner.
The most spectacular site was the drilling of the double independent entrance, adds Mr. Bastien, who filmed the fall of the imposing concrete block inside the basement protected by tires.
By a staircase or the elevator, the occupants of the accommodation have access to the heated double garage, which also communicates with the main house.
The couple didn’t stop there. Mylène Davidson and Frédéric Bastien have also redesigned the ground floor and the upper floor to their liking.
A lover of fine cuisine, Mylène Davidson has created a vast space dedicated to the preparation of well-simmered dishes. Just for an idea of grandeur: in the center of the room sits a 4m island topped with a granite countertop and equipped with an induction hob and a double sink. The kitchen is also equipped with two built-in ovens and a microwave. The nine-foot ceilings add to the grandeur of the whole.
In addition to two dining rooms and a living room with fireplace, the ground floor offers a closed office located near the entrance hall where a spectacular varnished wooden staircase sits.
Upstairs, the three large bedrooms have their own walk-in closet. The parents have their own private bathroom, equipped with a shower, a bath and a double vanity unit. A second bathroom is for the use of children. Finally, a living room has also been fitted out above the garage. “It can also be converted into a bedroom,” Ms. Davidson points out.
Outside, conifers and mature deciduous trees adorn a pleasant shaded backyard. A shed almost as big as a garage makes it easy to store all the maintenance equipment and a variety of recreational toys.
How much did all this work cost? “About $400,000,” says Mylène Davidson. And the reason for the sale? “Change of plan,” she replies coyly.
Description: Intergenerational property with an elevator that provides access to all five levels of the property. The main house has five bedrooms and two bathrooms; the apartment has two bedrooms. Double heated garage.
Asking price: 1.2 million
Municipal assessment: $800,800
Year built: 1996
House dimensions: 35′ x 37’10” irregular
Land area: 1385 m2
Property tax: $6352
School tax: $736
Real Estate Broker: Josée Tremblay, RE/MAX Platine