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Listing # 30609198  |  $189,900.00

Vacant Land  |  For Sale

8060 CONCESSION 8 . , Drayton, Ontario, Canada

Lovely rolling lot, completely in the country, with neighbouring trees and river!! 1/3 of this lot is in a 'regulated ... Get More Info


Listing # 30609228  |  $299,900.00

Vacant Land  |  For Sale

79 Woolwich Street , Salem, Ontario, Canada

Residential building lot just as you enter the village of Salem. Rectangular shaped, this corner lot is still private ... Get More Info


Listing # 30609786  |  $828,900.00

House  |  For Sale

8040 WELLINGTON RD 7 . , Mapleton, Ontario, Canada

Set way back from the road you'll find this remarkably built home and separate 3 bay 2 storey shop. Exceptional quality ... Get More Info


Listing # 30617426  |  $230,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

204 - 89 WESTWOOD Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 204-89 Westwood Road. This updated 2 bedroom condo is ready for you to move in an enjoy. This unit has been... Get More Info


Listing # 30617937  |  $1,649,900.00

House  |  For Sale

6759 Niska Road , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

This custom executive built home is Big!! It offers almost 8000 Sq ft finished on all three levels! Set back from the ... Get More Info


Listing # 30617939  |  $1,499,900.00

House  |  For Sale

39 Old Ruby Lane , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

As you approach this exceptional 3 bedroom residence, nestled on a scenic 1.24 acre lot in Audrey Meadow Estates, you ... Get More Info


Listing # X4005910  |  $230,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

#204 -89 WESTWOOD RD , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
West Willow Woods

Welcome To 204-89 Westwood Rd. Clean & Updated 2 Bedroom Condo Is Ready For You To Move In & Enjoy. This Lovingly ... Get More Info


Listing # 30614884  |  $229,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

211 - 107 Bagot Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Sit out on your balcony and enjoy the privacy. You will quickly fall in love with this 2 Bedroom unit with large ... Get More Info


Listing # 30617715  |  $419,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

711 - 60 Wyndham Street S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

CAREFREE DOWNTOWN CONDO LIVING!! CORNER UNIT WITH SOUTHWEST VIEW TOWARD COVERED BRIDGE AT RIVER. Popular well ... Get More Info


Listing # 30617149  |  $469,900.00

House  |  For Sale

85 APPLEWOOD Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This property has no shortage of space with a large treed lot and just under 1600 square feet in size, attached garage ... Get More Info


Listing # 30617716  |  $1,400.00 Monthly

Condo  |  For Lease

103 - 39 Goodwin Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome Home! This 2 bedroom condo is located in one of the most desirable locations in Guelphs booming South End! This... Get More Info


Listing # 30617720  |  $344,000.00

House  |  For Sale

20 WILLIAM Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

All I want for Christmas . . . is this cute and cozy detached home with a huge back yard. It's well laid out and seems ... Get More Info


Listing # 30617448  |  $424,900.00

House  |  For Sale

23 VANCOUVER Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Looking for your first home in a quiet area close to schools and parks look no further as here it is ! The shrewd ... Get More Info


Listing # 30617427  |  $1,350.00 Monthly

Condo  |  For Lease

314 - 19 Waterford Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Bright 2 bedroom condo for lease, boasts dark kitchen cabinets, grazing counter, fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer & ... Get More Info


Listing # 30617283  |  $599,000.00

House  |  For Sale

91 SUFFOLK Street W , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 91 Suffolk Street, an updated century stone bungalow so charming, youll want to call it home today. Footed in... Get More Info


Listing # 30617280  |  $172,900.00

House  |  For Sale

106 Parkview Circle , Moorefield, Ontario, Canada

Excellent two bedroom 2 bath bungalow, move in ready in the Conestoga Estates Community. All appliances included, new ... Get More Info


Listing # 30614375  |  $359,900.00

House  |  For Sale

44 Inshes Avenue , Chatham, Ontario, Canada

Prime location for this turn of the century home situated in a quiet, mature setting nestled on an enormous 57 x 233, ... Get More Info


Listing # W4000786  |  $819,900.00

House  |  For Sale

38 BLUE HAVEN CRES , Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Humbermede

Solid Bungalow In Great Neigbourhood, Close To Parks, Schools & Shopping. Great For Gardeners Or Family With 3 Bedrooms ... Get More Info


Listing # X4000096  |  $3,800,000.00

House  |  For Sale

1870 BLEAMS RD , Wilmot, Ontario, Canada

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Listing # 30616929  |  $819,900.00

House  |  For Sale

38 Blue Haven Crescent , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Solid bungalow in a family friendly neighborhood. Close to park, shopping, schools, public transit. Great for families ... Get More Info


Listing # 30615611  |  $500,000.00

House  |  For Sale

58 BRIARMEADOW Crescent , Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Come check out 58 Briarmeadow Crescent, situated in the heart of the Lacknerwoods Neighbourhood. Perfect for your ... Get More Info


Listing # 30615980  |  $409,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

1009 - 1910 Lake Shore Boulevard W , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Fall in love with this stunning one bedroom plus den Park Lake suite. Beautiful floor to ceiling windows, hardwood ... Get More Info


Listing # W3993743  |  $659,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

#16 -2123 WALKER'S LINE , Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Rose

Spacious 3 Bdrm Exec Condo Town In Sought After Millcroft O/Looking Lush Forested Ravine. Freshly Painted Throughout. ... Get More Info


Listing # 30615496  |  $659,900.00

House  |  For Sale

16 - 2123 Walker's Line , Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Spacious 3 Bedroom Executive Condo Townhome In Sought After Millcroft Overlooking Lush Forested Ravine. Freshly painted ... 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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