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Listing # 30692798  |  $469,000.00

House  |  For Sale

27 IRELAND Place , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This walk out, end unit, link town home, with an extra large back yard, and extra long driveway, at the end of a cul de ... Get More Info


Listing # 30694038  |  $829,000.00

House  |  For Sale

19 GREY OAK Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

4 BEDROOM + 2.5 BATH HOME IN THE SOUTH END OF GUELPH BACKING ONTO GREEN SPACE! This home is nestled on a quiet street ... Get More Info


Listing # 30694097  |  $599,000.00

House  |  For Sale

55 Keats Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This newly renovated split-level home is the perfect home for the first-time buyer, established family or investor. ... Get More Info


Listing # 30693697  |  $325,000.00

House  |  For Sale

346 Scottsdale Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

OPEN HOUSE: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 11AM-3PM!!! Great 3 bedroom townhome, nestled in a park-like setting close to University... Get More Info


Listing # X4281591  |  $1,199,999.00

House  |  For Sale

61125 COUNTY RD 3 , Centre Wellington, Ontario, Canada
Rural Centre Wellington

Enjoy Country Living With Your Own 74.5 Acres Backing Onto The Elora Cataract Trail. A Paved Driveway Leads You Past The... Get More Info


Listing # X4281385  |  $599,000.00

House  |  For Sale

55 KEATS CRES , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kortright Hills

Newy Renovated Split-Level Home Is The Perfect Home For The 1st Time Buyer, Established Family Or Investor. Located On A... Get More Info


Listing # 30692915  |  $1,199,999.00

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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 # 30693473  |  $499,900.00

House  |  For Sale

3 SOMERSET Glen , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Large front porch makes a great summer sitting area. Inside is an immaculate bungalow unit. Two good sized bedrooms ... Get More Info


Listing # X4278989  |  $298,900.00

House  |  For Sale

62 MARTIN DR , South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Great Income Potential!!! Just 2Km From The Beach, This 4 Season 3 Bedroom Bungalow Is Sure To Bring The Return You're ... Get More Info


Listing # X4277968  |  $599,900.00

House  |  For Sale

20 HAVELOCK ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Waverley

Main Level Has A Spacious Foyer Which Leads To A Large Open Concept Living/Dining Room. Accented By Beautiful Hardwood ... Get More Info


Listing # 30692470  |  $549,900.00

House  |  For Sale

69 PLEASANT Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

FABULOUS, CENTRALLY-LOCATED BUNGALOW WITH NUMEROUS UPDATES AND RARE WALK-UP & SIDE-ENTRY BASEMENT! IDEAL FOR ... Get More Info


Listing # 30693470  |  $519,800.00

Condo  |  For Sale

11 Fairway Lane , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Proud to introduce 11 Fairway Lane to the discerning buyer who wants to live in an upscale bungalow condo that is ... Get More Info


Listing # 30693189  |  $298,900.00

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62 MARTIN Drive , South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Four season home on corner lot in the highly sought after Sauble Beach area. Only 2km from the beach with Everything ... Get More Info


Listing # 30690677  |  $279,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

9 - 40 SILVERCREEK Parkway N , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Looking For Your First Home in Guelph? This Townhouse has been Completely Renovated and is waiting for you to Move In! ... Get More Info


Listing # 30693190  |  $989,000.00

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61 Keys Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Attention All Families! Welcome to this wonderful quality, 'Pidel' built 2 storey, located on a prime crescent backing ... Get More Info


Listing # 30692133  |  $549,900.00

House  |  For Sale

155 BLOOMINGDALE Road N , Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

City Living With a Country Feel! Situated on the edge of Bloomingdale this impeccable storey and a half is move in ready... Get More Info


Listing # 30693059  |  $459,900.00

House  |  For Sale

221 Silurian Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Be impressed as you walk into the 2-storey foyer which leads into a very spacious & bright living room, the kitchen & ... Get More Info


Listing # 30693102  |  $659,900.00

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132 Ptarmigan Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Wonderful 3 bedroom home with lots to offer. Located on a quiet cul de sac, this home backs onto green space and offers ... Get More Info


Listing # 30683534  |  $699,900.00

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20 ORCHARD Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Oh, the entertaining you can do! Youll love this charming 2-story grand home backing on Skov Park in one of Guelphs ... Get More Info


Listing # 30692334  |  $829,900.00

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4 Cross Creek Boulevard , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

OPEN HOUSE SUN 2-4PM... All Brick Bungalow-Great Location-Large Lot. This is a fantastic place to retire or raise a ... Get More Info


Listing # 30691573  |  $519,900.00

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47 Celia Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This 1028 square foot raised bungalow is located in a distinct pocket of the Old University neighbourhood. A hidden gem,... Get More Info


Listing # 30692103  |  $339,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

121 - 1077 Gordon Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Tastefully designed two bedroom plus den South Guelph condo. Open-concept design, 9ft ceilings, and breakfast bar. Relax... Get More Info


Listing # 30691970  |  $849,900.00

House  |  For Sale

29 HUNTERS Lane , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful Family home in Kortright Hills area, with ample space for the family, 4 bedrooms, mainfloor office or den, ... Get More Info


Listing # 30691835  |  $579,900.00

House  |  For Sale

30 Bishop Court , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Picture Perfect! Nestled on a private, mature street, the appeal of this handsome brick bungalow with attached garage ... 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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