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Listing # 30718309  |  $999,000.00

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3 Elderberry Court , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This 2400 square-foot two storey home is tucked away on a pristine cul-de-sac in one of the most convenient south end ... Get More Info

Listing # X4381372  |  $999,000.00

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3 ELDERBERRY CRT , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Pine Ridge

This Incredible 2400 Square-Foot Two Storey Home Is Tucked Away On A Pristine Cul-De-Sac In One Of The Most Convenient ... Get More Info

Listing # X4381337  |  $859,000.00

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44 EDGEWOOD RD , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Eden Mills

Spring Is In The Air!! A Magical, Treed Property Located Right In The Charming Village Of Eden Mills. Hike On Your Own ... Get More Info

Listing # X4380500  |  $550,000.00

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234 FAIRWAY RD , Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

Absolutely Spectacular Bungalow Backing Onto The Sally Creek Golf Course.The Main Floor Is Spacious And Bright With A ... Get More Info

Listing # W4379278  |  $794,900.00

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71 HUNTER RD , Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Backing Onto Pond & Green Space, This Bungaloft Has Been Designed With Comfort & Enjoyment. M/F Features Great Room With... Get More Info

Listing # 30717940  |  $399,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

202 - 1284 GORDON STREET Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A+ Location and Amazing Building. Great Opportunity for the Investor or 1st Time Buyer. With in Walking Distance to the ... Get More Info

Listing # X4379007  |  $929,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

20 LINDEN AVE , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Never Judge A Book By Its Cover! This Home May Look Small From The Road But Don't Let This Charleston Model Home Fool ... Get More Info

Listing # X4379006  |  $799,000.00

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153 HAYWARD CRT , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful 3+1 Bedroom Home On A Quiet Cul-De-Sac In Beautiful Rockwood. Parking For 2+6 Cards On This Long Driveway & ... Get More Info

Listing # 30717051  |  $799,000.00

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153 HAYWARD Court , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 153 Hayward, a Beautiful Charleston build located at the end of one of Rockwood's few low traffic courts. The... Get More Info

Listing # 30717067  |  $929,000.00

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20 LINDEN AVE. PVT . , Rockwood, Ontario, Canada

Never Judge a Book by its Cover! This home may look small from the road but don't let this Charleston Model Home fool ... Get More Info

Listing # 30717840  |  $794,900.00

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71 Hunter Road , Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

PREMIUM LOT BACKING ONTO POND AND GREEN SPACE. Designed with comfort and ease of living in mind, this bright and airy ... Get More Info

Listing # X4378173  |  $1,395,000.00

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062013 DUFFERIN RD 3 , East Garafraxa, Ontario, Canada
Rural East Garafraxa

The View From The Porch...While Enjoying The Morning Sun You Relax With A Coffee And Look Out Over The Rolling Fields ... Get More Info

Listing # 30715433  |  $1,395,000.00

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062013 Dufferin Road 3 . , East Garafraxa, Ontario, Canada

The view from the porch....while enjoying the morning sun, you relax with a coffee and look out over the rolling fields ... Get More Info

Listing # X4377564  |  $2,100,000.00

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5351 WELLINGTON 27 RD , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Rural Guelph/Eramosa

This Beautifully Manicured, 98-Acre Property With Emerald Green Pastures, Heated 7-Stall Stable, Large Heated Workshop, ... Get More Info

Listing # 30705222  |  $529,900.00

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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 over a 1 ... Get More Info

Listing # 30716213  |  $2,400.00 Monthly

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28 Wannamaker Crescent , Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Don't miss your chance to call this beautiful house your home! New built and never been lived in, this Mattamay built ... Get More Info

Listing # 30711879  |  $865,000.00

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38 FORBES Avenue , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Nestled in the heart of Guelph's Old University Area, amidst a neighbourhood of picturesque homes, 38 Forbes Avenue is a... Get More Info

Listing # X4374215  |  $865,000.00

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38 FORBES AVE , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Old University

Old University Century Home . Stately 21/2 Storey , 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Red Brick Gem. Classic Period Features Include... Get More Info

Listing # 30716452  |  $519,900.00

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186-188 Arthur Street N , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 186 and 188 Arthur Street North. These two century-old semi-detached units are located in the heart of ... Get More Info

Listing # 30715448  |  $565,000.00

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551 McTavish Street , Fergus, Ontario, Canada

This amazing family home shows true pride of ownership. From the moment you step up to the oversized porch and into ... Get More Info

Listing # 30715107  |  $2,600.00 Monthly

Condo  |  For Lease

702 - 150 WELLINGTON Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

River Mill, Guelph's premiere luxury condo buildings is located on the Speed River, and just steps to all the best ... Get More Info

Listing # 30714515  |  $289,000.00

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1202 - 375 KING Street N , Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Fully renovated two bedroom plus den unit. Very modern kitchen, large bedrooms, and great storage space. Living room, ... Get More Info

Listing # 30715181  |  $859,000.00

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44 EDGEWOOD Road , Eden Mills, Ontario, Canada

10 Acres of Winter Wonderland !! A magical, treed property located right in the charming village of Eden Mills. Hike or ... Get More Info

Listing # 30715156  |  $799,900.00

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70 Marshall Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 70 Marshall Drive, a lovely family home located in East Guelph. This home is immaculate from top to bottom ... Get More Info


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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