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Findlay home, a part
of Westmount history

Designed and built by one of Montreal’s premier architectural firms

By Joseph Marovitch

Located near the summit of Westmount on a quiet street called Lexington there rests an Old English Tudor home that has been on that spot of land since 1926. Many pass by and curiously glance at the property, never realizing how profoundly historic it is, and how that home ties into the fascinating history of Westmount and that of Montreal. The property and its sister house next door were designed and built by the father and son team of Robert and Frank Findlay. Their company was called Robert & F.R. Findlay. To this day, the Findlay family still owns the property.

In 2006, the Westmount Historical Association chose to honour Robert Findlay for his wonderful architectural contributions to the city of Westmount and Montreal. The Findlays were known throughout the city for the structures they created, the attention to detail and fine workmanship of their designs. Utilizing their knowledge of history and structure, combined with the needs of the many prominent Montreal families they were designing for, they created magnificent homes and buildings.

In 2006, the Westmount Historical Association chose to honour Robert Findlay for his wonderful architectural contributions to the city of Westmount and Montreal.

Robert Findlay is credited for the design and creation of several government and corporate structures including the Westmount Fire station, Westmount City Hall, the Westmount Library, the Murray Park Shelter, the St James Methodist Church and the Sun Life Assurance Company on Notre Dame, to name just a few projects.

In 1938 Robert Findlay was awarded the first Medal of Merit by the Quebec Association of Architects for outstanding contribution to Architecture. Robert’s son, Frank Findlay was elected to Fellowship in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. It was Frank Findlay who designed 732 Lexington and moved the family into the house in 1927.

732 Lexington is a marvel of an architectural structure from old world Europe. Every detail of the house was carefully thought out and only the finest materials used as evidenced by the instructions in my possession that were provided by the Findlay family. The house was built to last forever with a stone foundation, stone base walls and heavy beams. The detail in the woodwork, corners and storage spaces are intimate and beautifully crafted.

Other Westmount properties designed and built by Robert and Frank Findlay include:

4100 Dorchester Blvd W – 1891
419/421 Lansdowne Ave – 1895
12 Aberdeen Ave – 1895
42-56 Chesterfield Ave – 1898
444/446 Prince Albert Ave – 1898
Westmount Library – 1898
15 Belvedere Rd – 1906
558 Roslyn Ave – 1907
3303 Cedar Ave – 1909
425 Roslyn Ave – 1910
3228 Cedar Ave – 1911
498 Mt Pleasant Ave – 1911
1 Braeside Ave – 1912
4334 Westmount Ave – 1914

46 Surrey Gardens – 1917
459 Upper Lansdowne Ave – 1920
Westmount City Hall – 1922
15 Stanton St – Fire Station Addition – 1923
65 Forden Ave – 1924
3246 Cedar Ave – 1928
730 Lexington – 1929
21 Shorncliffe Ave – 1930
757 Lexington Ave – 1931
4363 Westmount Ave – 1933
32 Shorncliffe Ave – 1933
1 Murray Ave – 1933
Murray Park Pavillion – 1936
758 Lexington Ave – 1938

Please note that references were made from an article in the Westmount Historian Newsletter September 2006 edition of the Westmount Historical Association and from the Findlay grandchildren.

Should you have questions or comments, please refer to the comments section at the bottom of the page. As well, to view past articles, click here.

Have a great week!

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732 Lexington Ave., Westmount

$2,800,000 • MLS 14929270
6 Bedrooms, 3+2 Bathrooms, Garage, Fireplace
Beautiful and historic home in excellent location.

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State of The Market

The real estate market is like a thermometer, especially in Montreal. While the rest of Canada is experiencing a real estate market slump, Montreal is only experiencing growth and rising prices. Our market is especially sensitive to economic and comparable indicators. Each municipality has its own thermometer indicating what the market will or will not accept. Indicators include the economy and political environment, however, on a more local level, indicators include recent comparable sales and active listings, proximity to schools, highways, busy centres, parks and so on.

Every so often, a seller will price a property based on the length of time they owned the house, the amount they invested and the emotion they feel for the home, where their children were raised. However, this type of evaluation is inaccurate and can cause money to be lost.

‘… resale must be a consideration. The house should be purchased at the right price. Renovation/investment in the property should not exceed what the municipality can give back in terms of the average price in the area.’

Resale should always be a factor when purchasing a house. A buyer may think the house they purchased is the last place they will live but life works in cycles. When we are single, we buy a one-bedroom condo. When we get married, we purchase a two-bedroom for the child on the way. When the second child comes, we need three bedrooms. When the kids move out, we need a smaller home or condo. Finally, when we retire, we find a place to live that will accommodate our needs.

Therefore, resale must be a consideration. The house should be purchased at the right price. Renovation/investment in the property should not exceed what the municipality can give back in terms of the average price in the area. If the average price of a home in the area is $300,000, then do not pay $275,000 and invest $400,000 because the $675,000 house, being the most expensive in the area, will not usually sell that much above the average home.

If you purchase a home next to an amusement park, ice cream shop or school, you better pay a discount price, otherwise that house is either difficult to sell or you will lose money.

The market is like nature or the sea. It is always changing and very sensitive to its environment.

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Joseph Marovitch has worked in the service industry for over 30 years. His first career was working with families from Westmount and surrounding areas, hosting children between the ages of 6 to 16 as the owner and director of Camp Maromac, a sports and arts sleep away summer camp established in 1968. Using the same strengths caring for the families, such as reliability, integrity, honesty and a deep sense of protecting the interests of those he is responsible to, Joseph applies this to his present real estate broker career. Should you have questions please feel free to contact Joseph Marovitch at 514 825-8771 or josephmarovitch@gmail.com

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