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Side Road, Guelph/Eramosa, ON,
Guelph and District - A special country home for the discerning buyer. Located minutes north of town of Rockwood, on a ...
Road, Erin, ON,
Guelph and District - CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARM - A RARE FIND IN WELLINGTON COUNTY! This 82.5 acre farm, with 60 acres of ...
92 TODD CRES
, Southgate, Ontario,
Welcome To 92 Todd Crescent, This Brand New 2600 Sq.Ft. Detached 4 Bed, 4 Bath White Cedar Model In The White Rose Park ...
Lane, Belwood, ON,
Guelph and District - Stunning bungalow in Pine Meadows Community, offers retirement living at its best. This lovely two ...
CRES, Dundalk, ON,
Guelph and District - Welcome to 92 Todd Crescent, this brand new 2600 sq.ft. detached 4 bed, 4 bath White Cedar Model in ...
Street, Guelph, ON,
Guelph and District - Exquisite St. George’s Park home w/2400+ sq.ft. of charm & elegance. Beautiful lot w/iron fencing ...
, Cambridge, ON,
Guelph and District - Welcome to Saginaw Woods by Granite Homes. Check out this stunning luxury townhouse! This 3 Bedroom ...
DR, Guelph, ON,
Guelph and District - The one you've been waiting for has arrived! This 4+1 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2 storey home is ...
., Puslinch, ON,
Guelph and District - Imagine a home satisfying all of your families desires without giving up the refinement and quality ...
Road, Meaford, ON,
Guelph and District - Country living on the edge of town. This comfortable Meaford bungalow has 1,102 sq ft of main level ...
AVE West, 105
, GUELPH, ON,
Turn-key Townhouse Condo, steps from the University of Guelph, Hanlon Expressway/401, All Amenities, and fully leased ...
Side Road, Puslinch, ON,
Guelph and District - Oh my Goodness...this is a one off house if I have ever seen one...but one off in many amazing ways!...
DR East, 49
, Guelph, ON,
Guelph and District - 'Lady Poppy' as we like to call her is fresh & ready for the next investor, or savy U of G parent to...
CRES, Guelph, ON,
Guelph and District - Welcome to 14 Buckthorn Cres.! This wonderful home features a desirable layout with a large, eat-in ...
Wellington Road 34
., Puslinch, ON,
Guelph and District - A Rare Find! The original owners were ahead of their day when planning this incredible custom ...
CRES, Guelph, ON,
Guelph and District - Bright & Spacious Pidel built Bungalow in the South end complete with a Legal Apartment. This spic n...
Road, Lot 2
, Guelph/Eramosa, ON,
Guelph and District - Sloot has gone all-out on this one! Extras Galore! By his own design, this 3000* sqft, 4 bedroom ...
Road, Fergus, ON,
Guelph and District - Horsemen & Horsewomen take note! This 40 acre farm, located on outskirts of Fergus will suit ...
Side Road, Milton, ON,
Guelph and District - Established Equestrian facility FOR SALE! Located in North Milton just minutes from Hwy 401 and ...
48 BRIDLE PATH
, Puslinch, Ontario,
Prepare Yourself To Experience One Of Real Estate's Most Desirable Offerings! Nestled On Close To 6 Private Acres, This ...
1292 RICHMOND RD
, Burlington, Ontario,
Cute House On A Fabulous Lot! Functional With Some Recent Renovations, 2+1 Bedroom Home On A Quiet Street Downtown ...
Road, Burlington, ON,
Guelph and District - Cute house on a fabulous lot! Functional with some recent renovations, 2+1 bedroom home on a quiet ...
DR, Guelph, ON,
Guelph and District - Nestled on a premium ravine lot, on the quiet, less travelled end of Starwood Drive, in Guelph’s ...
DR, Guelph, ON,
(Grange Hill East)
Nestled On A Premium Ravine Lot, In Guelph's Vibrant East End, This Nearly New Home Is Perfect For The Growing Family. ...
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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