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Listing # 30707434  |  $695,000.00

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27 BEAVER MEADOW Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 27 Beaver Meadow Dr. located in Westminster Woods. As you enter in to this 3 Bdrm, 4 Bath family home you are... Get More Info

Listing # 30712651  |  $939,900.00

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268 Riverview Place , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 268 Riverview Place-Set amongst an enclave of just 22 private residences accessed through the majestic stone ... Get More Info

Listing # X4360487  |  $824,900.00

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7345 WELLINGTON 34 RD , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Rural Puslinch

A 1638 Sq Ft Bungalow Backing Onto Farmers Fields & A Space To Watch The Corn Grow! A Three Car Garage - 2 Across & One ... Get More Info

Listing # 30711263  |  $824,900.00

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7345 Wellington Rd 34 . , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

Country Bungalow close to the City! Well maintained 3+1 bedroom bungalow with a three car garage (one tandem with rear ... Get More Info

Listing # 30711682  |  $699,000.00

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210 FARLEY Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Families and couples have been drawn to this neighbourhood in Guelph for the spacious and less pricey housing that can ... Get More Info

Listing # 30712136  |  $525,900.00

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40 KENORA Drive , Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Welcome home to this great sized side-split situated on a large professionally landscaped corner lot on a quiet ... Get More Info

Listing # 30711978  |  $306,500.00

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523 - 1291 Gordon Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

One of the best units in Solstice 1 as it is located at the end of the hallway and overlooks the conservation area, ... Get More Info

Listing # 30710969  |  $589,900.00

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25 CAMM Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Come check out this well maintained Thomasfield built two storey, on a large interior corner crescent lot. Finished top ... Get More Info

Listing # 30693161  |  $415,000.00

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33 GARTH Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

EXHIBITION PARK SEMI ! Located in one of the most popular areas of the city on a quiet one way street, this century home... Get More Info

Listing # 30710470  |  $729,900.00

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8160 Wellington Rd 124 . , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 2:00 - 4:00 Wide open spaces and cool country breezes! Towering pine trees line the circular ... Get More Info

Listing # X4357032  |  $1,899,900.00

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4569 CONCESSION 11 , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Rural Puslinch

Imagine A Home Satisfying All Of Your Families Desires Without Giving Up The Refinement And Quality You Want. This ... Get More Info

Listing # X4356939  |  $849,900.00

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5 FOXWOOD CRES , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kortright Hills

The Living Room Is Bright, Airy Due To The Large Windows, Features A Fireplace & Dark Hardwood Floors That Continue Into... Get More Info

Listing # X4356117  |  $599,900.00

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71 DARLING CRES , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Pine Ridge

This Is A Very Big Backsplit Finished On 4 Levels On A Very Large Lot. Situated In The Desirable Westminster Woods Area ... Get More Info

Listing # 30711467  |  $1,899,900.00

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4569 Concession 11 . , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

Imagine a home satisfying all of your families desires without giving up the refinement and quality you want. This ... Get More Info

Listing # 30711262  |  $534,900.00

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1 Driftwood Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This 2+1 bedroom bungalow has been lovingly maintained. A spacious foyer greets you and leads to a large living room ... Get More Info

Listing # 30710534  |  $539,900.00

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208 Summit Ridge Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

You will be amazed at every turn in this FREEHOLD townhome, and the cool contemporary vibe continues from the front ... Get More Info

Listing # 30711251  |  $499,000.00

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29 Edna Street , Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

This home is more than meets the eye! While it has lovely curb appeal, it will no doubt impress you more as soon as you ... Get More Info

Listing # 30710990  |  $829,900.00

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71 Hunter Road , Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Backing onto pond and green space, this open concept Bungaloft has been designed with comfort and enjoyment in mind. It... Get More Info

Listing # W4355084  |  $849,900.00

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71 HUNTER RD , Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Backing Onto Pond & Green Space, This Bungaloft Has Been Designed With Comfort & Enjoyment. M/F Features Great Room With... Get More Info

Listing # 30710817  |  $509,900.00

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4 - 9 AMOS Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Move-In Property Available at The Heart of South Guelph! Gorgeous Open Concept 1600+ Sqft, 3+1 Bed, 3.5 Bath, Finished ... Get More Info

Listing # 30711144  |  $599,900.00

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71 DARLING Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This is a very big backsplit finished on 4 levels on a very large lot. Situated in the desirable Westminster Woods area ... Get More Info

Listing # 30710427  |  $819,900.00

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5 Foxwood Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 5 Foxwood Crescent. The curb appeal is spectacular on this nice quiet street in family friendly Kortright ... Get More Info

Listing # 30710390  |  $579,900.00

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248 Millburn Boulevard , Fergus, Ontario, Canada

This welcoming family home is located in the South End of Fergus close to schools and shopping. Well maintained with ... Get More Info

Listing # 30710694  |  $404,900.00

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9 - 941 GORDON Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The Parc Place at 941 Gordon is an ideal enclave for those retired or soon to be retired individuals focused on quality ... 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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