Developer John Garabedian is set to add another award-winning residential project to his portfolio

AQUABLU is a resort-style condominium development with an ideal south-facing location on Riviere des Prairies, at a point where the river widens to form a lake about a half kilometre wide. Driving up Autoroute 13, I was surprised at the development’s proximity to the West End, West Island and city centre. During my visit to the sales centre and building site, I was impressed with the waterfront location, the building design, floor plans and the adjacent neighbourhood of $1 million dollar plus homes. The main determinant in the future value of any real estate purchase remains location; and the waterfront park-like setting of Aquablu and surrounding neighbourhood qualifies this project as a solid real estate investment. Construction is underway for occupancy in 2016. If you’re in the market for a condo and haven’t been to Laval in awhile; do yourself a favour and visit the Aquablu sales centre and building site. I’ve seen a lot of condo developments – and I can tell you that this one is going to very special.


The Architects created a building whereby all residences have waterfront views

The builder, John Garabedian of Group Garabedian Lifestyle, understands the high end luxury residential marketplace having successfully completed other developments, including the adjacent Domaine des Berges and its multi-million-dollar homes in the Saint-Dorothée area of Laval. Garabedian and his team of architects and designers know the expectations of high-end purchasers, and have designed Aquablu accordingly. They also understand that for people coming from a 2,500 – 3,000 square foot home; downsizing is a relative term. The smallest condos at start at 1,100 and range upward to 5,000 square feet.

John, his wife and daughters are long-time Laval residents, and he takes great personal pride in his development projects.

Aquablu consists of a fifty-eight condominium apartments, twelve penthouse residences and six unique waterfront villas. The project is connected to cycling and walking paths along the riverfront, and there is a private marina for residents to moor their boats.


Floor-to-ceiling windows provide all residences with river views

Services include a heated outdoor infinity pool, spa, fountain, lounge area and courtyard cabana; plus an outdoor terrace for entertaining. The indoor pool area includes a spa and sauna, indoor waterfall and fitness centre. Security features include a 24 hour concierge, state-of-the-art security and electronic entry control and a high performance sprinkler system. The developer needed to construct a bridge over a small ravine to the Aquablu site, and this will provide an exclusive, secure entry point.

Visiting friends and family will enter the elegant lobby with curved walls and streamlined design before being whisked to your floor aboard one of the ultra-quiet and energy-efficient elevators. The residences have 10 to 11 foot ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows, that offer terrific views of the river. Wrap-around terrace-styled balconies add to the living space in fine weather.

Purchasers have several choices of high-quality engineered wood flooring, cabinetry, polished quartz counter tops and kitchen islands. Kitchens are equipped with the famous Poggenpohl cupboards and self-closing drawers. Residences are built with two to four bathrooms, with heated porcelain floor tiles. Bathrooms have frameless glass walk-in showers and designer baths.


Open concept kitchens feature Poggenpohl cabinets and quartz counter tops

Penthouse residences are equipped with gas fireplaces, Miehle stainless steel appliances and have 11 foot ceilings.

All in – Aquablu is an impressive development, and the marketplace agrees; with the developer reporting that 60% of the residences have been sold. Just imagine spending the lazy, hazy days of summer at your own waterfront resort. Given the large size and selection of residences; the high-quality construction and the outstanding waterfront location, Aquablu deserves serious consideration for anyone considering a condominium lifestyle.

For more information, please visit the web site: You can examine the individual floor plans, check availability and familiarize yourself with the project. At the sales centre, you can explore full-sized model suites. The sales centre is located at 108 chemin du Bord-de-l’eau, Sainte-Dorothée, Québec H7X 1S6. Telephone 514-654-AQUA (2782). The sales centre is open Monday to Thursday, 12 pm. – 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm.