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St-Jean-sur-Richelieu - History and high living standard
Over 400 years of history to discover, local products to savor and warm places to browse, this is what we find in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Located just 35 minutes from Montreal, the hot-air balloon capital invites you to discover its many facets.
With more than 98,883 inhabitants (2020), Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu is ranked 15th among the most populous cities in Quebec. The city brings together 5 former municipalities that became neighborhoods with the 2001 merger: Iberville, L’Acadie, Saint-Athanase, Saint-Jean and Saint-Luc. In Saint-Jean, you will enjoy both the services and advantages of a large-scale city, but also the typical charms of a living environment a few minutes from the countryside, nature, woodlands and the Richelieu river.
Happily, heritage, history and culture come together and are an integral part of the decor in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Museums, historic sites, interpretation centers and art galleries crisscross the territory. For gourmets and foodies, citizens and tourists will be well served, as much by good restaurants as by local food producers.
Six good reasons to buy a house in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
For its exceptional location
Located south of Montreal, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is nestled on the banks of the Richelieu River, near the American border, and about 20 minutes from the REM station in Brossard. The municipality runs alongside many highways : 10, 15, 20, 30, 35 and 132.
The price of houses is affordable compared to many other towns in the Montérégie area and its public transportation network provides easy access to the city of Montreal. Hungry for sporting activities? Water sports and cycle paths are abound in the region.
To live in
The city has many schools, from elementary to college, including the Cégep de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMCSJ). Whether it is to work there or to raise a family, the services and leisure activities of several daycare centers are offered, more than 130 parks, nine of which have water games, and several day camps, including that of the municipality.
Whether you are looking for a business, a restaurant or even professional services, more than 1,500 establishments are located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to meet your needs.
Previously a seminary, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is a general and vocational college founded in 1968. Today, the Cégep welcomes more than 3,200 students in 16 pre-university and technical study programs, 7 doubles DEC (Diplôme d’Études Collégiales), and nearly 2,700 adults in the continuing education sector and tailor-made business training programs. About 400 people work there. Source: https://www.cstjean.qc.ca/
Inaugurated in 1952, the Royal Military College Saint-Jean is today a general and vocational college (Cégep) training Regular Force officers. Since the summer of 2019, RMC Saint-Jean has also offered a university program in International Studies. Between 700 and 900 people show up there each day. The selection process is rigorous, with only around 200 new cadets being accepted each year. Source: https://www.cmrsj-rmcsj.forces.gc.ca/
For its activities and festivals
Captivating and fascinating festivals will make you experience all kinds of emotions and sensations. There is something for everyone! The Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Beer and Poutine Festival and the Acadian Heritage Festival are just a few examples to keep the whole family entertained. The city is also the site of an important gathering of sculptors and painters in Quebec and Canada, at the Rencontre des Arts.
Since 1984, the city has hosted the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, one of the largest hot-air balloon gathering in the world. Let's see a glimpse of the festive spirit that spreads there with this clip from the 2017 edition. Source: https://www.cielenfete.ca/
To take enjoy easy access to water
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu offers a landscape marked by the presence of the Richelieu River. Flowing from south to north for 124 km towards the St. Lawrence River, the Richelieu River originates in Lake Champlain and empties into the river near the Sorel Islands. On its way, it drains the water from more than 3,500 km of waterways crisscrossing its watershed.
Recognized for its beauty, its calming presence and the ecological riches it conceals, the Richelieu River is an essential attraction for citizens and visitors. A former strategic military and commercial communication route, the Richelieu River is now widely used for recreational purposes.
On a beautiful sunny day, bike enthusiasts can be seen setting off on the Chambly Canal trail, a route of more than 20 km connecting the towns of Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It is part of the Route Verte and therefore of the Trans-Canada Trail. Nature and water lovers can also be seen renting canoes and kayaks at the Centre-de-plein-air-Ronald-Beauregard.
To enjoy bird watching
At the end of the fall season, from October to December, we can observe snow geese and barnacles that stop in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu during their long migratory journey south. Whether a few individuals or several thousand, in flight or floating on the waters of the river, the spectacle of these large wild birds is astonishing.
A unique historic heritage
Located in the Valley of the Forts, several expeditions will be recommended to travel all corners of the township! Enjoy Fort Chambly, Fort Lennox, Fort Ste-Thérèse and Fort St-Jean. You will also have access to several museums recalling the times before the 21st century. So many historic places to visit with family or friends.
At the heart of Vieux-Saint-Jean stands the Haut-Richelieu Museum. Active since 1971, the Museum contributes to the dissemination of regional history and to the promotion of Quebec ceramics, old and contemporary. For its part, Le Musée du Fort Saint-Jean was created in 1960 as a private collection of artefacts, military objects and historical documents. Today it offers to discover Fort Saint-Jean built in 1666 by the Carignan-Salières Regiment. Fort Saint-Jean has been continuously occupied by the military since 1748, when a second fort was built, the heart of the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu having developed around this location.
A great investment
The Real estate market in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu has been the most attractive in terms of investment in recent years. The value of properties in Montreal, Brossard and Longueuil make it a well-located and still affordable city. An increase of nearly 20% between 2020 and 2021 has benefited many owners.
A dynamic Real Estate market
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu is definitely a city focused on the future! Innovation and quality of life, a naturally festive city where citizens and visitors will find a host of sporting, recreational, cultural and tourist activities.
Thanks to its proximity to Montreal and its ease of access, which will be further improved by the new REM, which will have 3 stations to serve the south shore, market conditions favor sellers. However, the market on the south shore of Montreal is far from wanting to run out of steam. The St-Jean-sur-Richelieu real estate market offers today's buyers excellent investment opportunities. Better late than never !
On the other hand, the median price for a single-family home or for a condominium remains very affordable with a difference of 30-40% compared to properties on the Island of Montreal, allowing buyers to benefit from a better quality of life. , at a better price.
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