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Listing # 30640454  |  $800,000.00

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 # 30640833  |  $800,000.00

Farm  |  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 # 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

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9 MOHAWK Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Big bungalow on a huge lot. This wonderful home is over 1500 square feet and features an updated kitchen with granite ... Get More Info

Listing # X4165193  |  $929,000.00

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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 # 30666140  |  $366,900.00

House  |  For Sale

A - 634 WOODLAWN Road E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This bright and inviting spacious condo is perfect for first time home buyers, down sizers, investors and pet owners. ... Get More Info

Listing # 30666529  |  $429,900.00

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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

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

Listing # 30666148  |  $419,900.00

House  |  For Sale

23 VANCOUVER Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Looking for your family home on pretty tree lined street in a quiet area close to schools and parks well look no further... Get More Info

Listing # 30665855  |  $599,800.00

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4 - 90 Woodlawn Road E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A stunning, quiet park-like setting with the Speed River and walking trails within a stones throw.....thats the ... Get More Info

Listing # 30666039  |  $949,900.00

House  |  For Sale

7179 ARISS VALLEY Road , Ariss, Ontario, Canada

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY JUNE 23 2:00 - 4:00 Don't miss this opportunity to own a home backing onto Ariss Valley Golf and ... Get More Info

Listing # 30664830  |  $689,000.00

House  |  For Sale

821 Bon Accord Street , Fergus, Ontario, Canada

"BLUE SPRUCE HAVEN"--DAD'S HUGE SHOP n MOM'S OPEN CONCEPT!! Great home on country sized lot with an amazing work ... Get More Info

Listing # 30665762  |  $699,900.00

House  |  For Sale

47 Dunhill Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

West Side Stunner! Every once in awhile a home comes along that everyone wants, this is one of THOSE homes. Welcome to ... Get More Info

Listing # 30664977  |  $499,900.00

House  |  For Sale

27 Hasler Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

BEAUTIFUL TOWNHOME IN PRIME SOUTH END NEIGHBOURHOOD Great investment opportunity close to the University of Guelph. No ... Get More Info

Listing # 30664729  |  $394,900.00

House  |  For Sale

21 - 302 COLLEGE Avenue W , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Gorgeous Town House close to University of Guelph. Everything is freshly painted with neutral colors and mostly ... Get More Info

Listing # 30665161  |  $479,900.00

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31 - 1035 Victoria Road S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Gorgeous and modern south end condo close to the University and great for commuters to the GTA! Enjoy all the amenities... Get More Info

Listing # 30665579  |  $539,900.00

House  |  For Sale

234 FAIRWAY Road , Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

Absolutely spectacular bungalow backing onto the Sally creek golf course.The main floor is spacious and bright with a ... Get More Info

Listing # 30652739  |  $649,900.00

House  |  For Sale

16 BLAIR Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

FOUR bedrooms upstairs and so much light!!! Here are my Top 5 Favourites: 1. Bright and open main floor with tons of ... Get More Info

Listing # X4159036  |  $1,299,999.00

House  |  For Sale

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 # 30662070  |  $760,000.00

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10 - 25 Manor Park Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Manor Park Mews, an idyllic 4 acre park like setting tucked behind stone entrance pillars on the south banks of the ... Get More Info

Listing # 30664267  |  $459,900.00

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48 RIDGEWOOD Avenue , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

We found it! Curb appeal, beautiful gardens well maintained perennial shrubs, and lovely mature shade trees, and best of... Get More Info

Listing # 30661477  |  $360,000.00

House  |  For Sale

7378 6 Highway , Tobermory, Ontario, Canada

1700 square foot bungalow located right in the heart of Tobermory. Includes 3 cabins and all furniture (id:27) 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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