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Listing # 30706215  |  $249,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

405 - 75 Silvercreek Parkway , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

It's rare to find such a beautifully maintained, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo with 1 parking space in this price range. ... Get More Info


Listing # 30705894  |  $429,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

501 - 53 Arthur Street S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Calling all first time buyers, investors, and for those of you that want to downsize - this 900 square foot, 2 bedroom, ... Get More Info


Listing # 30703384  |  $445,000.00

House  |  For Sale

183 Ironwood Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Location, location, location! Welcome to 183 Ironwood Road. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to own a great ... Get More Info


Listing # X4332935  |  $929,000.00

Investment  |  For Sale

149-151 SUFFOLK ST W , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Exhibition Park

A Property Like This Is A Rarity - 5 Wonderfully Maintained Units In Downtown Guelph! Two Bachelor Apartments, A ... Get More Info


Listing # X4332889  |  $445,000.00

House  |  For Sale

183 IRONWOOD RD E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kortright Hills

Location, Location, Location! Welcome To 183 Ironwood Road. Don't Miss Out On This Great Opportunity To Own A Great ... Get More Info


Listing # 30702763  |  $929,000.00

Investment  |  For Sale

149-151 Suffolk Street W , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A property like this is a rarity - five wonderfully maintained units in downtown Guelph! Two bachelor apartments, a ... Get More Info


Listing # 30705256  |  $349,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

904 - 22 MARILYN Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

TOP-FLOOR UNIT OVERLOOKING RIVERSIDE PARK! While the amenities offered in this huge penthouse-level condo are not to be ... Get More Info


Listing # 30705033  |  $689,900.00

House  |  For Sale

124 Harris Crescent , Southgate, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 124 Harris Crescent! Prepare to fall in love with this built to perfection custom bungalow minutes from Mount... Get More Info


Listing # 30705093  |  $1,800.00 Monthly

Condo  |  For Lease

7 - 383 Edinburgh Road S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Ideal for a professional couple or grad students looking for a quality home to rent. This recently renovated 3 bedroom, ... Get More Info


Listing # 30705222  |  $545,000.00

House  |  For Sale

5772 WELLINGTON ROAD 86 . , Ariss, Ontario, Canada

Just outside Guelph in the quaint hamlet of Ariss, youll find this adorable and comfortable family home. With a full ... Get More Info


Listing # 30705355  |  $489,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

504 - 53 Arthur Street S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This suite has all the upgrades you could ask for including quartz counter tops, custom tile on the backsplash and in ... Get More Info


Listing # 30685116  |  $2,999,000.00

House  |  For Sale

7345 Concession 1 Road , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

WELCOME TO LONG LANE FARM! Well recognized in the competitive horse industry for decades, this property has been home to... Get More Info


Listing # X4329341  |  $430,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

#3 -120 WOODLAWN RD E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Two Rivers

Make River Ridge Your New Home For 2019. Comfy 2 Bed Townhouse Is Nestled Near Riverside Park, In The Wooded Woodlawn ... Get More Info


Listing # 30704459  |  $430,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

3 - 120 Woodlawn Road E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Open House for Saturday January 19, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cancelled! Make River Ridge your new home for 2019. This ... Get More Info


Listing # 30704808  |  $815,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

A - 76 Cardigan Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Downtown living at its finest! Wow it doesnt get much better than this. This spacious 2 storey stone condo comes with ... Get More Info


Listing # 30692915  |  $1,199,999.00

House  |  For Sale

61125 County Road 3 . , East Garafraxa, Ontario, Canada

Enjoy Country living with your own 74.5 acres backing onto the Elora Cataract Trail. What an amazing oasis and the ... Get More Info


Listing # 30703150  |  $1,800.00 Monthly

Condo  |  For Lease

309 - 23 Woodlawn Road E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A really nice rental unit in a mostly adult building. Great view over the park. Easy access to all amenities including ... Get More Info


Listing # X4324638  |  $365,000.00

House  |  For Sale

12 PUGSLEY RD , Whitestone, Ontario, Canada

Great Opportunity To Buy Two Properties For The Price Of One! The Lots Are Located At The End Of A Year-Round Access ... Get More Info


Listing # X4324594  |  $949,900.00

House  |  For Sale

268 RIVERVIEW PL , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Waverley

This Executive Bungalow Has Nearly 3200 Sq Ft Of Living Space With Many Custom Design Elements & Features. There's No ... Get More Info


Listing # 30703672  |  $2,900,000.00

House  |  For Sale

5554 3rd Line , Rockwood, Ontario, Canada

DRYDEN FARMS LTD, A LAND-MARK FARM IN GUELPH/ERAMOSA TOWNSHIP IS FOR SALE! This farm has been in the family for several ... Get More Info


Listing # 30703473  |  $1,900.00 Monthly

House  |  For Lease

566 Penny Lane , Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Cozy family home available to Lease. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath property features open kitchen with plenty of cupboards and... Get More Info


Listing # X4323549  |  $1,700,000.00

House  |  For Sale

5826 FIRST LINE , Erin, Ontario, Canada
Erin

If You Have A Big Family, Want Privacy, Yet Be Close Various Communities Then This Is The ""Needle In A Haystack"" That ... Get More Info


Listing # 30703360  |  $949,900.00

House  |  For Sale

268 RIVERVIEW Place , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 268 Riverview Place Set amongst an enclave of just 22 private residences accessed through the majestic stone... Get More Info


Listing # 30703385  |  $1,700,000.00

House  |  For Sale

5826 First Line , Erin, Ontario, Canada

If you have a big family, want privacy, yet be close various communities (20 min to Guelph or Acton, 30 to Milton, 50 to... Get More Info

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Finding the perfect neighbourhood

Choosing the right neighbourhood is an important part of finding a home. If you love the house but hate the neighbours, or have the perfect kitchen but have an agonizing two-hour commute, you’re never going to feel completely comfortable living there.

Your best bet is to figure out if your neighbourhood is a good fit with your family before you start looking for a home there (or certainly before you put in an offer). Spend some time there; take a walk through the streets, visit local shops and restaurants, and pick up a community paper to get a sense of the area’s personality.

Here are few questions that can help you figure out if a neighbourhood is right for you:

What does the area look like? Do homes look cared for? Even in moderately-priced areas, pride of ownership helps keep property values up. Keep an eye out for signs of neglect like overgrown laws, houses in need of paint and vacant lots (which can be zoned for commercial use, or end up getting used as dumps). On the other hand, if an area has a lot of neglected-looking homes but you notice that a number look like they’ve been recently renovated, that may be a sign that the neighborhood is becoming gentrified; buying a home there and fixing it up can be a good long-term investment.

What types of people live there? Families? Retirees? First-time homeowners? Professionals with no kids? An area populated mainly by young families, for example, will feel very different from one with lots of college and university students.

How convenient is it? Figure out how far you’ll have to travel to do everyday stuff like grocery shopping. Where’s the closest gym? Dry cleaner? Post office? What about parks and recreational facilities? Being close to amenities isn’t important to everyone, but it’s a real day-to-day time saver, and can make the difference in the feel of a neighborhood; a place where people walk to the store and the library has a very different flavor than an area where people have to drive everywhere they need to go.

Is it a safe place to live? Vandalism and deterrents like “Beware of dog” signs or bars on windows can mean there’s a high crime rate in the area. Keep an eye out for graffiti, too – it could be a sign of gang activity. Check with local police for info about crimes in the area; they’ll also be able to tell you about how active area residents are in terms of crime prevention and community policing.

Are there schools nearby? If you have kids, proximity and quality of schools is a major consideration. Talk with people who live in the area, and call local schools or check online to get test scores and ratings. Figure out exactly where schools are located to see if your kids can walk or if they’ll have to be driven or bussed.

How long will it take to get to work? Do a dry run of your commute in rush hour. Figure out how often buses run past your house or how far you are from a major highway. If you need access to the airport, is it easy to get there by car, bus or taxi?

What are the property values like? Your home is an investment, so it pays to buy in an area where properties will increase in value. Ask your REALTOR® for info on property values in the area for the last 10 years so you can get a sense of how much they have gone up over time.

What’s in store for the area? Development can change the personality of a neighborhood, and increase taxes and traffic. Look for new construction in the area and check with city hall or the local chamber of commerce for planned housing developments, new facilities, new retailers, etc.

Is it quiet or noisy? Visit the area at different times of day to get a sense of the noise level. A quiet street may be party central once the sun goes down, and an area near a highway may be fine at most times, but noisy at rush hour. Listen for barking dogs, traffic noise, overhead planes, and loud music.

Finding a neighborhood you like is just as important as living in a home you love. Good neighbors, great amenities, nice schools and cool shops can make or break how you feel about your house or condo. So talk to a REALTOR® who specializes in the area you’re interested in, do your research, and you should be able to find a community that fits your needs and your lifestyle.

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