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Listing # X4459693  |  $745,700.00

House  |  For Sale

158 SUMMERFIELD DR , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Pine Ridge

One Level Living Without The Big Condo Fees! This Bright Open Concept Bungalow Is Situated On A Prime 60 Ft Wide Lot, ... Get More Info


Listing # X4459541  |  $899,000.00

House  |  For Sale

3 ELDERBERRY CRT , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Pine Ridge

This 2400 Square-Foot Two Storey Home Is Tucked Away On A Pristine Cul-De-Sac In One Of The Most Convenient South End ... Get More Info


Listing # 30728244  |  $529,900.00

House  |  For Sale

341 IMPERIAL Road S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome home to 341 Imperial Road South in Guelphs West Acres/Sugarbush neighbourhood! This adorable raised bungalow ... Get More Info


Listing # 30737321  |  $745,700.00

House  |  For Sale

158 SUMMERFIELD Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

One Level Living without the Big Condo Fees! This bright open concept bungalow is situated on a prime 60 ft wide lot, ... Get More Info


Listing # X4459475  |  $1,375,000.00

House  |  For Sale

532 SPEEDVALE AVE E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Brant

Who Knew This Stone Estate Was Perched On A Hill Majestically Back From The Road On A Wooded 1-Acre Lot Amid Tall Trees ... Get More Info


Listing # 30737032  |  $260,000.00

House  |  For Sale

12 Pugsley Road , Dunchurch, Ontario, Canada

Located at the end of a year-round access municipal road this 3 bedroom bungalow has been extensively updated and is ... Get More Info


Listing # X4460264  |  $999,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

#RL5 -53 ARTHUR ST S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Two Rivers

Centrally Located, This Immaculate River Loft Boasts 3 Floors Of Living Space & Sits Along The Speed River. Main Living ... Get More Info


Listing # 30736730  |  $650,000.00

House  |  For Sale

17 WIDEMAN Boulevard , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Pidel Built two-storey home in the north end that shows like a model home. The original and current owners chose almost... Get More Info


Listing # 30737274  |  $869,000.00

House  |  For Sale

281 WATER Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Imagine owning a very charming stone cottage on a private +/- 1/2 acre lot in the beautiful Old University area of ... Get More Info


Listing # 30736348  |  $674,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

106 Bard BLVD, 414 , Guelph, ON, Canada

Guelph and District -  Nicely upgraded top floor, 1600 sqft "penthouse" at 106 Bard Boulevard with 2 large bedrooms, ... Get More Info


Listing # 30736694  |  $749,900.00

House  |  For Sale

7170 Ariss Valley Road, Ariss, ON, Canada

Guelph and District -  Wonderful Country Home on 1 acre Lot! Residing less than 5 minutes outside of Guelph, this perfect ... Get More Info


Listing # 30737163  |  $999,800.00

House  |  For Sale

376 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON, Canada

Guelph and District -  A GREAT INVESTMENT IN HIGH PR0FILE AREA WHICH OFFERS SO MANY CHOICES AS AN OWNER.This stately, well ... Get More Info


Listing # X4457014  |  $1,126,000.00

House  |  For Sale

18 WAVERLEY DR , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Waverley

Custom Built By Martini Homes, This Expansive 2 Storey Home That Sits On A 90X120 Lot, Has Location Lock Down. Backing ... Get More Info


Listing # X4456677  |  $369,900.00

House  |  For Sale

#B -398 GREY ST , Brantford, Ontario, Canada

Freehold Townhouse Just 1 Minute From The 403! Very Deep Lot With Over 1800 Sq Feet Of Living Space And Parking ... Get More Info


Listing # X4456620  |  $459,900.00

House  |  For Sale

11 PLOUGHMANS CRES , Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

It Couldn't Get Any Better! This Beautiful 2-Story 1,255 Sqft Home Features 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, A Gorgeous Yard, & ... Get More Info


Listing # X4456904  |  $1,195,000.00

House  |  For Sale

6718 WELLINGTON RD 34 , Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

9.8 Rectangular Parcel With A Solid, Updated Reid And Laing Bungalow With 2 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms. Hardwood Floors On ... Get More Info


Listing # 30736438  |  $299,999.00

Condo  |  For Sale

136 WATSON PKY North, Guelph, ON, Canada

Guelph and District -  This one bedroom, condo is waiting for someone to love it the way the current owners love it! It may... Get More Info


Listing # 30734955  |  $369,900.00

House  |  For Sale

398 GREY Street, B , Brantford, ON, Canada

Guelph and District -  FREEHOLD AND ONLY A MINUTE TO THE 403!!! This is a perfect entry level home priced to move! Enjoy ... Get More Info


Listing # 30734898  |  $429,900.00

House  |  For Sale

297 METCALFE Street, Guelph, ON, Canada

Guelph and District -  Who wants to live in a friendly neighborhood where you can buy fresh eggs from the neighbor across ... Get More Info


Listing # 30735196  |  $459,900.00

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11 Ploughmans CRES, Cambridge, ON, Canada

Guelph and District -  It couldn’t get any better! This beautiful 2-story 1,255 sqft home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,... Get More Info


Listing # 30734310  |  $489,800.00

Condo  |  For Sale

250 Glenridge DR, 303 , Waterloo, ON, Canada

Guelph and District -  CAREFREE LIVING AT ITS FINEST IN THIS EXECUTIVE CONDO!Start checking off your ‘ needs and wants’ ... Get More Info


Listing # X4455850  |  $600,000.00

House  |  For Sale

54 Wimbledon ROAD, Guelph, ON, Canada
(West Willow Woods)

Desired, Mature Area. Quality-Built, Immaculate Plaster Home. Brazilian Granite Kitchen Counter, Temp. Island Can Be ... Get More Info


Listing # 30735317  |  $609,900.00

House  |  For Sale

23 Meadow CRES, Guelph, ON, Canada

Guelph and District -  Summer is coming! Why not enjoy this summer in a solid 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom sidesplit with an ... Get More Info


Listing # X4455755  |  $639,900.00

House  |  For Sale

6 Warren STREET, Guelph, ON, Canada
(Grange Hill East)

Great Value In The East End! Fusion-Built Family Home Close To Parks In A Quiet Neighbourhood. Detached, 3 Bedroom Home ... 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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