The owners (Franca and her husband) were very reasonable and accommodating. We came up during Jazzfest for a long weekend and rented one of their "efficiency" style apartments that was one room with a bed, a kitchen, and a bathroom. The room was newly renovated and very clean. The actual building, however, has not yet been renovated (the owner explained they are in the process) and the halls and exterior are not in great shape just yet. That did not affect our stay, however, as it was merely aesthetic. This apartment has limited (4-5 spots) street parking but we were ok finding a spot. It is a block away from a great pastry shop (Chez Fred) that we visited daily and the metro station to get anywhere in the city (Vendome). The only negatives about this property are that it shares a back wall with a club and a mechanic, and there was some noise on weekend evenings. Also, there appeared to be construction in or on top of the apartment building very early on Saturday morning and with the somewhat thin windows, the noise was a bit disturbing.
Overall, this apartment and Montreal combined for an excellent weekend getaway for me and my wife (from Washington DC). We look forward to coming back some day! Thanks!