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Listing # 30609786  |  $809,000.00

House  |  For Sale

8040 WELLINGTON RD 7 , Mapleton, ON, 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 ID: 7122768  |  $548,800.00

House  |  For Sale

Tucked away on the quiet bend and among the mature tree-lined streets near Riverside Park is where you'll find this ... Get More Info


Listing # 30609228  |  $249,000.00

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 # 30638125  |  $242,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

210 - 415 GRANGE Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A wonderful opportunity to get into the Guelph real estate market. This brick built condo complex is conveniently ... Get More Info


Listing # X4046277  |  $1,399,000.00

House  |  For Sale

6926 CONCESSION 2 , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Rural Puslinch

Rare Opportunity To Own A 81-Acre Property (65 Workable) With 2 Houses! Barn Measures 60 X 60 And Is Currently Used As A... Get More Info


Listing # 30638060  |  $549,900.00

House  |  For Sale

7204 JONES BASELINE Road , Arthur, Ontario, Canada

Looking for quiet and tranquility? This is the property for you. 10 Acres of bush with approx 2 acre cleared for house ... Get More Info


Listing # 30638054  |  $729,900.00

House  |  For Sale

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 # 30636549  |  $789,000.00

House  |  For Sale

425 St Andrew Street E , Fergus, Ontario, Canada

"Breath-Taking" Executive Home with an Awesome Elegance that literally shouts out to you! . A TIMELESS home that will be... Get More Info


Listing # 30637496  |  $2,000.00 Monthly

House  |  For Lease

22 Joseph Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Main floor of a three bedroom bungalow with wheelchair accessible main floor and basement laundry facilities. Tenant ... Get More Info


Listing # 30636632  |  $769,500.00

House  |  For Sale

11 PTARMIGAN Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Are you a Growing Family Looking to Upgrade to a Larger Home? Welcome! 11 Ptarmigan Drive is a large updated, well ... Get More Info


Listing # 30637158  |  $349,900.00

House  |  For Sale

29 Perth Road , Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! This wont last long!! This cute and cozy detached, 1.5 storey home features 3 generous ... Get More Info


Listing # X4044547  |  $879,000.00

House  |  For Sale

7389 CONCESSION 1 , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Rural Puslinch

Enjoy Country Living While Still Being Close To Popular Amenities And All Major Commuting Arteries. This Tremendous ... Get More Info


Listing # 30637507  |  $675,000.00

House  |  For Sale

42 Alma Street S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Completely updated, renovated and added to, this home is a perfect blend of traditional character and modern convenience... Get More Info


Listing # 30637509  |  $359,900.00

House  |  For Sale

394 SCOTTSDALE Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Investors find the Scottsdale Mews and this location most convenient to attract students from the University of Guelph. ... Get More Info


Listing # 30637228  |  $389,900.00

House  |  For Sale

125 Waverley Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Affordable bungalow on a large lot close to Windsor Park, a public school and the Guelph Country Club. Both kitchen and... Get More Info


Listing # 30637636  |  $479,900.00

House  |  For Sale

68 Queensdale Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This West End beauty is waiting for you to arrive! Have you been looking for a family home that has a pie-shaped, ... Get More Info


Listing # 30637648  |  $1,456,000.00

House  |  For Sale

7808 Wellington Rd 34 . , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

Let's go shopping! This exquisite (proposed) bungaloft just keeps giving - 3 bedroom, 3 baths sprawled out over 2,980 ... Get More Info


Listing # X4044150  |  $1,450,000.00

House  |  For Sale

9 MCNULTY LANE , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Pine Ridge

The Appeal Of This Incredible Residence Starts Right At The Curb! South Facing Rear Yard Backs Onto Conservation Lands. ... Get More Info


Listing # 30637732  |  $525,000.00

House  |  For Sale

703 Scottsdale Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Don't miss this excellent income opportunity - 4 bedroom home with a full finished walkout basement (perfect for those ... Get More Info


Listing # X4042685  |  $210,000.00

House  |  For Sale

6 FERNDALE RD , Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Cozy Country Living Within Walking Distance To Beautiful Lions Head. This Well Maintained Home, On Just Under An Acre Of... Get More Info


Listing # 30586859  |  $2,499,900.00

House  |  For Sale

5804 Fourth Line , Rockwood, Ontario, Canada

YOUR SEARCH FOR YOUR CENTURY STONE FARMHOUSE AND FARM ENDS HERE! Located on a quiet rural road in Guelph/Eramosa ... Get More Info


Listing # 30636557  |  $519,900.00

House  |  For Sale

36 Shoemaker Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Immaculate 5 level sidesplit on a quiet street! This gently lived in home is in move in condition and ready for your ... Get More Info


Listing # 30636896  |  $549,900.00

House  |  For Sale

26 DARNELL Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Great Family Home or Investment Property in Desirable Neighbourhood! Walking distance to schools and close to U OF G. ... Get More Info


Listing # 30637117  |  $429,900.00

House  |  For Sale

2 Ireland Place , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Are you looking for an affordable first home or perhaps you are thinking of downsizing? Then come and take a look. ... 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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