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Listing # 40015106  |  $685,000.00

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17 BUCKTHORN Crescent, Guelph, ON, Canada

Guelph & District Association of REALTORS -  Guelph and District -  This quiet enclave on Buckthorn Crescent is ideally suited for younger families because of the ... Get More Info

Listing # X4928960  |  $3,999,000.00

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27 BARBER AVE , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Guelph Is Home To Perhaps Five Legitimate Mansions. Idylwyld Located At 27 Barber Avenue Is One Of Them. In 1878, ... Get More Info

Listing # 40026174  |  $1,249,900.00

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39 RODNEY Boulevard , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Perfect location and rare opportunity- an entertianers dream in the one of the hottest areas in Gueph! 3000+ square feet... Get More Info

Listing # X4926463  |  $619,000.00

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777 BON ACCORD ST , Centre Wellington, Ontario, Canada

You've Hit The Jackpot At 777 Bon Accord! Nestled In Between Two Dead-End Streets, You Can Enjoy The Peace And Quiet On ... Get More Info

Listing # X4926197  |  $2,500,000.00

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The Time To Have Land And Space Is Now! One Of The 1st Homesteads Of Puslinch W/The Original Settlers Who Settled On ... Get More Info

Listing # X4924789  |  $889,900.00

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15 HEBERT ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Forever Home For Sale! Welcome To 15 Hebert, A Gorgeous Carpet Free Home With Unique Features. This 2241 Sqft Property ... Get More Info

Listing # X4924570  |  $799,000.00

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7398 6 HIGHWAY , Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Gorgeously Finished Commercial Guest House. The Perfect Investment For The Semi-Retired. Very Low Cost To Run With Great... Get More Info

Listing # 40021378  |  $499,900.00

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409 KANE Drive , Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Meticulously maintained backsplit in mature and desirable Lincoln Village! Original owner backsplit with unique ... Get More Info

Listing # X4921289  |  $835,000.00

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39 DELHI ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Dreaming Of Living Near Downtown Guelph? Imagine Life Walking To The Bookshelf For A Movie Or Exploring All The Shops ... Get More Info

Listing # 40022909  |  $699,900.00

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23 BRONWYN Place , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Primo Primo Primo lot! Step off the 2 level deck straight into Castlebury Park. The kids will love it and you will ... Get More Info

Listing # X4918573  |  $789,900.00

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#303 -160 MACDONELL ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome To Downtown Guelph! This Amazing 2 Bedrooms + Den Is Perfect For Those Seeking An Easy, Carefree Life Style. ... Get More Info

Listing # X4914398  |  $700,000.00

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25 RICHARDSON ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Rarely Do Opportunities Like These Come To The Market. This Two Story Home Has A Registered Accessory Apartment (1 Bed ... Get More Info

Listing # X4912690  |  $629,900.00

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17 FRASSON DR , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This 1-Year-Old Freehold Townhouse Is Conveniently Located In Guelph's East End Close To The Public Library, Schools & ... Get More Info

Listing # X4912411  |  $1,200,000.00

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324 GORDON ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Magnificent Century 2 1/2 Storey Home In Prime ""Old University"" Area! Two Gracious Suites Occupy The Main And Second ... Get More Info

Listing # X4908014  |  $579,900.00

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270 KROTZ ST W , North Perth, Ontario, Canada

Move-In Ready Model Build By Joseph Wagler With So Many Upgrades! High Baseboards, Stylish Hardware, Panelled Doors, ... Get More Info

Listing # 40018460  |  $700,000.00

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25 RICHARDSON Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Rarely do opportunities like these come to the market. This two story home has a registered Accessory Apartment (1 bed ... Get More Info

Listing # X4902528  |  $799,900.00

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45 FORBES AVE S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

In The Heart Of Guelph's Old University District Is 45 Forbes Ave, A Grand Old 2,000 Sq Ft Semi Detached Home Built In ... Get More Info

Listing # 40018622  |  $1,899,000.00

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5654 SEVENTH Line , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Of its 100 acres, 70 have been freshly tile drained and the soil carefully analyzed and scientifically enhanced to ... Get More Info

Listing # X4901370  |  $1,289,900.00

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70 DURHAM ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Central West

Victorian Home Redesigned With The 'Transitional' Design Philosophy. Reno In 2015. True Gourmet Kitchen. Main Floor ... Get More Info

Listing # X4891613  |  $899,900.00

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47 CHINA COVE RD , Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Majestic Views Over The Lake Right Right Where Georgian Bay Meets Lake Huron. Experience Breathtaking Sunsets From ... Get More Info

Listing # X4890551  |  $1,199,900.00

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41 CREIGHTON AVE , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Grange Hill East

Luxury Living In East Guelph! Prepare To Be ""Amazed"" With All Of The Features And Upgrades (See Attached List) In This... Get More Info

Listing # X4863850  |  $1,695,000.00

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737 WELLINGTON ROAD 18 , Centre Wellington, Ontario, Canada

Private Property On 1.7 Acres Within Walking Distance To Downtown Fergus, Features A 4 Bed 1859 Stone Home That Is ... Get More Info

Listing # X4851796  |  $559,900.00

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175 IRONWOOD RD , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kortright Hills

Attention First Time Home Buyers Or Investors!! Fantastic 4Bdrm 2.5 Bath Detached Home In The Perfect Location. Walking ... Get More Info

Listing # X4850245  |  $1,160,000.00

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1 TORCH LANE , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Hanlon Creek

Rare Opportunity To Own The Only Home On The Street! Welcome To 1 Torch Lane. As You Walk The Path To The Front Door, ... 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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