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Listing # 30640454  |  $800,000.00

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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 # 30640833  |  $800,000.00

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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 # X4048852  |  $1,337,000.00

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13 TELFER GLEN ST , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

This Home Features 4+2 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, A Fully Finished, Walk-Out Basement & 3 Car Garage. Formal Living/Dining ... Get More Info

Listing # 30651061  |  $649,900.00

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184 Grove Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This incredible property is loaded with family history. This European family have been able to live adjacent to each ... Get More Info

Listing # 30641530  |  $339,900.00

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33 Audrey Avenue , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

I know... it's difficult to buy into Guelph's competitive real estate market. Well, this home just might be a game ... Get More Info

Listing # 30650967  |  $424,900.00

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183 Foxhunt Road , Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

This one has it all! Close to Conestoga Mall and other shopping, Universities, RIM and Conestoga Parkway. Great curb ... Get More Info

Listing # 30650739  |  $899,900.00

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71 Durham Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This classic beauty built in 1898 has undergone stunning renovations over the past 6 years, a perfect marriage of old ... Get More Info

Listing # 30650462  |  $425,000.00

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28 - 151 CLAIRFIELDS Drive E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful End Unit Overlooking The Trail In South End of Guelph for Under $450,000. A Lovely Family Owned Home Looking ... Get More Info

Listing # 30646061  |  $684,900.00

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197 Bernardi Crescent , Rockwood, Ontario, Canada

Looking for a Bungalow? Look no further! Situated on a beautiful corner lot, this 1743 sq.ft. customized 3 bedroom ... Get More Info

Listing # 30650774  |  $719,900.00

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72 Dean Avenue , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 72 Dean Avenue! Heres your chance to own a spacious 3+ bedroom bungalow on an oversized lot in the heart of ... Get More Info

Listing # X4100517  |  $675,000.00

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42 ALMA ST S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Onward Willow

Updated And Renovated Home Located On The Outskirts Of Downtown Guelph With Traditional Character And Modern Convenience... Get More Info

Listing # X4100560  |  $459,900.00

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183 IRONWOOD RD , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kortright Hills

Location! Great Opportunity To Own A Great Detached Home In This Desirable Neighbourhood! Steps Away From Stone Rd Mall,... Get More Info

Listing # 30645921  |  $679,000.00

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71 Revell Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Attractive south end, family friendly home just 5 lots down from Lewis Farm Park. Big family? No problem as there are 5 ... Get More Info

Listing # 30650398  |  $508,900.00

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81 Oakes Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A wonderful Fusion built family home in Guelph's east end on a quiet street. This 3+1 bedroom semi with attached single ... Get More Info

Listing # 30646783  |  $629,900.00

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9 MOHAWK Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

You are going to LOVE this house! Lets start with the beautiful pie shaped lot that is approx. 48 X 185 X 106 X 132 feet... Get More Info

Listing # 30650179  |  $699,900.00

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67 Clairfields Drive E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Designed with Distinction! This bright & spacious home is in move in condition and boasts a large living room, formal ... Get More Info

Listing # 30649973  |  $304,000.00

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93 - 45 MARKSAM Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The condo/townhouse at the Royal Village on Marksam Road offers convenience and practicality for many first time home ... Get More Info

Listing # 30646649  |  $399,900.00

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123 Essex Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

CLOSE to DOWNTOWN. $399,900.00 Don't miss the opportunity to take ownership of this solid 1250 sq. ft., 3 br. brick ... Get More Info

Listing # 30649879  |  $1,399,000.00

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39 Old Ruby Lane , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

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

Listing # X4096078  |  $1,399,000.00

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39 OLD RUBY LANE , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Rural Puslinch

Just Minutes Away From The Best Amenities Yet Still Providing A Perfect Retreat From The City With Stunning Views ... Get More Info

Listing # X4095977  |  $749,900.00

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27 DUDLEY DR , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This Move In Ready 2100 Sq-Ft Two-Story Gem Is Yours To Be The Next Proud Owner Of. The Main Floor Is Flooded With ... Get More Info

Listing # W4094304  |  $400,000.00

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# 39 -475 BRAMALEA RD , Brampton, Ontario, Canada

It's All About Location! This 1042 Sq Ft. 2 Story 4 Bedroom Townhouse Sits In A Quiet Cul-De-Sac In The Gates Of ... Get More Info

Listing # 30640003  |  $697,900.00

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342 Kerwood Drive , Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Conveniently located just off Townline Road & Highway 401 makes this the ideal location if you need to do any type of ... Get More Info

Listing # 30648794  |  $699,900.00

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5819 Highway 6 Highway , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Man cave nirvana awaits you with this fine offering: A 40 x 80 fully insulated shop complete with radiant gas heat (a ... 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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