215 Redfern is not only the host of a spectacular 5.5M$ listing. It is also home for 60 other luxury apartments, located on the corner of Sainte-Catherine W. Street and Redfern street in Westmount.

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Rare are large scale residential projects in the neighbourhood and even fewer of them have the modern yet classic look of 215 Redfern. Just two blocks away from Mies van der Rohe’s masterpiece, the Westmount Square, I met with designer Alexandre Lafleur for a tour of his four years-long work project.

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With 8 units units considered as penthouses, this 6 floors development has nothing to envy to any huge tower. The most impressive is certainly the 5.5M$ penthouse, positioned on the south-west corner of the building. Its view on the industrial part of Montreal and the Saint-Lawrence River and its beautiful terrasse are quite something. In addition to the floor-to-ceiling windows, 215 Redfern was created so that every room receives sunlight. The penthouse benefits from such great natural light, it’s insane.

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Alexandre explained me how every designs are unique. He and the clients have looked over every plan so they can make them their own. He also had the chance to go through the finishing process with some of them, allowing him to polish it from a to z.

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Marble is all around, we’re talking about more than 40 types of it, either on the floor, around the fireplaces or in the kitchen.

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They say the devil is in the detail. Lots of unit (even common areas) have customized ceiling décrochés, which enhance recessed lighting. They definitely increase the high end aspect of the project.

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In numbers, the 215 Redfern is: 151 Custom bathrooms, 61 bespoke kitchen designs, 262 individual tile lay plans, 17 collaborative client decorators/designers and so many more.

It’s impressive to realize all the effort and time that have been spent to personalize each unit. I’m pretty sure it’s not so common that the client is involved that much in a project.

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While walking from a penthouse to another, Alexandre expressed to me he had enjoyed working – and was looking forward to develop a luxury clientèle. With his great taste, his human approach and acquired experience (mainly with the 215 Redfern), I’m sure he will easily succeed.

I’d like to thank him again for his time and the private showing. Find more about his work on alafleurdesign.com

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Michèle Beauchamp-Roy
Montreal Correspondent
Michèle is a young designer with a prominent fashion background. That challenges the way she does things design-wise but mostly the way she looks at it. For her, the design has to be well-thought and useful to be beautiful. The thing that fascinates her the most is how natural light, a single piece of artwork or a subtle texture on a wall can define a space. Sometimes less is more, but sometimes less is also not enough.