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Old 11-13-2013, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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A friend of mine is moving to Montreal from Toronto. I just recently came back to Montreal after living in the States for 10+ years, so I can't adequately guide her and answer her question, so I'm hoping that you can help.

She's looking at an apartment on Gouin Blvd. in Pierrefonds (in the 9000 block to be specific) and wants to know how it is in terms of safety for a single woman.

Does anyone have any input that I can pass onto her?

Thanks!
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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I don't know anybody who lives in the area but I have driven through there many times. If the address is correct, it is in the western end of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville arrondissement, in a neighborhood called Saraguay. That stretch of Gouin is full of recent McMansions and has looks fairly well-to-do, I don't think there's any safety issue there.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:22 PM
 
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I don't know anybody who lives in the area but I have driven through there many times. If the address is correct, it is in the western end of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville arrondissement, in a neighborhood called Saraguay. That stretch of Gouin is full of recent McMansions and has looks fairly well-to-do, I don't think there's any safety issue there.
I looked at it on Google Maps and didn't see any large homes -- just a few small single-family homes across the street from the apartment building (it's 9840 Gouin Ouest, the one she's looking at). I think the closest cross street is Sunnybrooke.

I wonder if we're talking about two different areas. The one that I'm seeing doesn't look affluent.
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:03 AM
 
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If working downtown the commute during normal rush hour from that location could become a Pain in the butt.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:51 AM
 
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If working downtown the commute during normal rush hour from that location could become a Pain in the butt.
Commute is not an issue. She's only concerned about safety.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:31 AM
 
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Montreal is about as safe a city as can be expected..
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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I looked at it on Google Maps and didn't see any large homes -- just a few small single-family homes across the street from the apartment building (it's 9840 Gouin Ouest, the one she's looking at). I think the closest cross street is Sunnybrooke.

I wonder if we're talking about two different areas. The one that I'm seeing doesn't look affluent.
We're indeed talking about two different areas, I was misled by what you wrote in your OP ("in the 9000 block to be specific"). 9840 is indeed in Pierrefonds, in an older area and not as wealthy/ostentatious. I still don't think safety would be an issue there but I have no first-hand or even second-hand anecdotes to convey.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:50 AM
 
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I grew up in Roxboro, which isn't too far away from where your friend is thinking of moving. Personally, I'd move a little further west. Back in the day, the area around the former A Ma Baie train station (now renamed Sunnybrooke, I see) was a little dodgy due to some older apartment buildings located near it.

Still, that was decades ago. Things might have changed.

Here is a link to the City of Montreal's Pierrefonds/Roxboro borough.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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I grew up in Roxboro, which isn't too far away from where your friend is thinking of moving. Personally, I'd move a little further west. Back in the day, the area around the former A Ma Baie train station (now renamed Sunnybrooke, I see) was a little dodgy due to some older apartment buildings located near it.

Still, that was decades ago. Things might have changed.

Here is a link to the City of Montreal's Pierrefonds/Roxboro borough.
Thank you very much! Valuable information and much appreciated.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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My girlfriend lived near there. It's always been a bit of a dodgy area, not exactly dangerous though. Moving a bit further west on Gouin would be advisable. Or a bit further south.
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