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Listing # X4861971  |  $939,000.00

House  |  For Sale

10 CHELSEA CRT , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
West Willow Woods

Meticulously Renovated 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Home On A Quiet Cul De Sac With A Huge, Pie Shaped Lot. Separate Living And... Get More Info

Listing # X4851796  |  $559,900.00

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175 IRONWOOD RD , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kortright Hills

Attention First Time Home Buyers Or Investors!! Fantastic 4Bdrm 2.5 Bath Detached Home In The Perfect Location. Walking ... Get More Info

Listing # X4852696  |  $1,089,000.00

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302783 DOUGLAS ST , West Grey, Ontario, Canada

Breathe In The Fresh Country Air As You Imagine Yourself Living On This Completely Organic 53 Acre Haven With An ... Get More Info

Listing # X4850245  |  $1,160,000.00

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1 TORCH LANE , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Hanlon Creek

Rare Opportunity To Own The Only Home On The Street! Welcome To 1 Torch Lane. As You Walk The Path To The Front Door, ... Get More Info

Listing # W4847775  |  $449,000.00

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127 POPLAR AVE , Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada

Time To Join The Market. The Neighbours Are Sad To See The Owners Leave This Family Friendly Cul-De-Sac. With A Ravine ... Get More Info

Listing # X4845938  |  $449,977.00

Condo  |  For Sale

#407 -7 KAY CRES , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Pine Ridge

927 Sqft South-End Condo! 3 Bdrm, 2Bath In Ultimate Location! Perfect For Commuters, Investors, First Time Home Buyers ... Get More Info

Listing # X4839310  |  $1,357,900.00

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70 DURHAM ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Central West

Victorian Home Redesigned With The 'Transitional' Design Philosophy. Reno In 2015. True Gourmet Kitchen. Main Floor ... Get More Info

Listing # X4838507  |  $949,900.00

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5398 FOURTH LINE , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Rural Guelph/Eramosa

Country Roads, Take Me Home..."" You'll Be Singing This Classic In No Time As You Start To Check This Out. This Home Has... Get More Info

Listing # X4836956  |  $1,599,900.00

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38 ARTHUR ST N , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Two Rivers

Rarely Do We See Such An Impressive Blend Of Home, Property And Location. Enjoy This Luxury Retreat, Nestled On The ... Get More Info

Listing # X4834928  |  $1,649,999.00

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5240 WINSTON CHURCHILL BLVD N , Erin, Ontario, Canada
Rural Erin

Situated On 18 Acres You Must See This Long Winding Drive Past 2 Ponds, 3 Paddocks, Run-Ins, Outdoor Sand Arena, 3 Stall... Get More Info

Listing # X4830020  |  $347,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

#91 -700 PAISLEY RD , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
West Willow Woods

Move In Ready 3 Bedroom Townhouse! Improvements Include Kitchen Cabinets And Trim, Counter Tops And Sink. Fresh Paint ... Get More Info

Listing # X4826332  |  $1,049,900.00

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8105 WELLINGTON RD 124 , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Rural Guelph/Eramosa

Custom Built Stone Bungalow 11 Years Young. Gorgeous Great Room, Stone Fireplace And Wall Of Glass Overlooks The Back ... Get More Info

Listing # X4816690  |  $2,349,000.00

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5968 WELLINGTON ROAD 26 RD , Centre Wellington, Ontario, Canada
Rural Centre Wellington

In 20 Years Of Selling Rural Real Estate, This 5459 Sqft, 2 Storey C1886 Limestone Farmhouse Ranks As One Of The Best ... Get More Info

Listing # X4813911  |  $2,795,000.00

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57 HERITAGE LAKE DR , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Rural Puslinch

Sell The Cottage! As You Approach This Exceptional Lakefront Residence In Heritage Lake Estates By Way Of The Gated ... Get More Info

Listing # X4805547  |  $849,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

#11 -25 MANOR PARK CRCT , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Old University

Manor Park Mews Is One Of Guelph's Little Known Hidden Treasures, Discreetly Tucked Behind Stone Entrance Pillars On The... Get More Info

Listing # X4777995  |  $1,290,000.00

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1058 Highway 8 ROAD, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Welcome To Toll Gate Farm - A 27 Acre Hobby Farm Property With C1881 Stone Farmhouse Which Originally Served As A Toll ... Get More Info

Listing # X4774411  |  $2,280,000.00

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

Stunning 3312 Sq.Ft Bungalow In Desirable Puslinch, On Just 5 Min From Hwy. 401. Situated On A 1 Acre Lot With A ... Get More Info

Listing # X4718412  |  $2,599,000.00

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5614 FOURTH LINE , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Rural Guelph/Eramosa

True Luxury Private Living Just North Of Rockwood On. Only 45 Min From The Gta. This Beautiful 6200 Sq.Ft. Magnificent ... Get More Info

Listing # X4636996  |  $1,000,000.00

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101 Guelph STREET, Guelph/Eramosa, ON, Canada

A Fabulous Opportunity For A Mixed-Use Building. Whether You Have A Dream Of Running Your Own Business & Need A Place To... Get More Info

Listing # X4323549  |  $1,700,000.00

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5826 FIRST LINE , Erin, Ontario, Canada

If You Have A Big Family, Want Privacy, Yet Be Close Various Communities Then This Is The ""Needle In A Haystack"" That ... 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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