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Listing # W4171603  |  $445,000.00

House  |  For Sale

171 LONGFIELD RD , Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada
Acton

Opportunity Knocks!!! Three Bedroom Bungalow Built In 1960 Is Being Sold By The Estate Of The Original Owner. There's ... Get More Info


Listing # 30667759  |  $445,000.00

House  |  For Sale

171 LONGFIELD Road , Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada

Opportunity knocks!!! three bedroom bungalow built in 1960 is being sold by the estate of the original owner. There's ... Get More Info


Listing # 30665930  |  $440,000.00

House  |  For Sale

8 Lilac Place , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Wow! This Bungalow in a Stable Family Friendly Neighbourhood has never been for sale before now! This home has been ... Get More Info


Listing # X4170877  |  $440,000.00

House  |  For Sale

8 LILAC PL , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Waverley

This Home Has Been Truly Loved & Cared For By It's Original Owner & It Shows. It's Now Time To Pass It Along To Another ... Get More Info


Listing # 30667838  |  $669,900.00

House  |  For Sale

80 Reynolds Road , Elora, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to this beautifully built Wrighthaven home in Elora's desired South Ridge community. 80 Reynolds Road is home ... Get More Info


Listing # X4169698  |  $527,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

#50 -165 TERRAVIEW CRES , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kortright Hills

Join A Wonderful Community Of Friends & Neighbours Who Enjoy The Natural Habitat & Trails Of Preservation Park. From ... Get More Info


Listing # X4169685  |  $699,900.00

House  |  For Sale

140 YORK ST , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Eden Mills

Unique Century Home Close To The Eramosa River! Elegant High Ceilings, Wood Floors, Original 1870'S Trim: Deep ... Get More Info


Listing # 30667884  |  $1,600.00 Monthly

Condo  |  For Lease

215 - 26 Ontario Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This is the downtown rental you've been waiting for! A one bedroom, 2nd floor unit in the Mill Lofts. Exposed brick, ... Get More Info


Listing # 30667600  |  $499,900.00

House  |  For Sale

14 - 355 MACALISTER Boulevard , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

EXECUTIVE TOWNHOUSE WITH WALKOUT BACKING ONTO CONSERVATION. Built by Fusion, this unit is GORGEOUS. The unit has a ... Get More Info


Listing # 30667807  |  $699,900.00

House  |  For Sale

140 York Street , Eden Mills, Ontario, Canada

UNIQUE opportunity of Village charm with CENTURY HOME close to the Eramosa river! Elegant height of ceilings, wood ... Get More Info


Listing # 30666511  |  $527,000.00

House  |  For Sale

50 - 165 Terraview Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to Pine Grove, the private enclave at 165 Terraview Cres. Join a wonderful community of friends and neighbours ... Get More Info


Listing # 30666981  |  $499,900.00

House  |  For Sale

15 Holly Court , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

COMFORT ZONE! Give life to new memories in this 2-storey 3 bedroom home located on a quiet cul de sac. If youre looking ... Get More Info


Listing # 30666930  |  $379,900.00

House  |  For Sale

51 MOUNTFORD Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

WELCOME HOME to 51 MOUNTFORD DRIVE! This original 4 bedroom home, converted into a 3 bedroom home, is unique and ready ... Get More Info


Listing # 30664340  |  $525,000.00

House  |  For Sale

22 STORNWOOD Court , Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Georgian-Style Townhome in the Prestigious Stornwood Complex on the Border of Brampton/Mississauga so close to Hwy. 407 ... Get More Info


Listing # 30666516  |  $479,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

202 - 200 WOOLWICH Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Nothing compares to stepping off the GO Train and strolling home to a condo pad in the heart of downtown Guelph, literal... Get More Info


Listing # 30666923  |  $515,000.00

House  |  For Sale

981 Edinburgh Road S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Conveniently located in Guelph's popular South End this freehold townhome offers so much! The main floor is bright and ... Get More Info


Listing # X4165392  |  $949,900.00

House  |  For Sale

7179 ARISS VALLEY RD , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Rural Guelph/Eramosa

Don't Miss This Opportunity To Own A Home Backing Onto Ariss Valley Golf And Country Club. Keep Your Golf Cart In The ... Get More Info


Listing # 30653327  |  $1,500.00 Monthly

Condo  |  For Lease

302 - 234 WILLOW Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

SUPER cute and ready for you! This 2 bedroom apartment is located on the third floor of 234 Willow Road with its own ... Get More Info


Listing # 30665618  |  $619,900.00

House  |  For Sale

9 MOHAWK Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Open House Sunday June 24 2-4! Big bungalow on a huge lot. This wonderful home is over 1500 square feet and features an... Get More Info


Listing # X4165193  |  $929,000.00

House  |  For Sale

5362 SIXTH LINE , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Rural Guelph/Eramosa

Rare To Find - Small Acreage Mature Treed, & Private Rural Property On Quiet Sideroad, 5 Min North Of Rockwood, 15 Min ... Get More Info


Listing # 30666529  |  $429,900.00

House  |  For Sale

15 LAMBETH Way , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Stunning Energy Star Certified, bright and open end-unit Townhouse, modern decor with all new appliances plus new air ... Get More Info


Listing # 30666151  |  $899,900.00

Investment  |  For Sale

72 NORFOLK Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

There is virtually never a vacancy in this excellent downtown investment property which sits at the foot of Catholic ... Get More Info


Listing # 30665577  |  $500,000.00

House  |  For Sale

117 MUSSEN Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 117 Mussen Street. This lovely 5 year old, 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom freehold townhome on the north side of ... Get More Info


Listing # X4163186  |  $500,000.00

House  |  For Sale

117 MUSSEN ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Brant

This Lovely 5 Yr Old, 3 Bed, 4 Bath Freehold Townhome On North Side Of Guelph Is The Perfect Starting Point For Your ... 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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