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Listing # 30685780  |  $574,900.00

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44 Nelson Court , Acton, Ontario, Canada

Looking for a quiet street and a big yard? This delightful sidesplit is located in a lovely family neighbourhood on a ... Get More Info

Listing # 30685828  |  $718,900.00

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4 Price Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

So Excited About This Home! Located in such a pretty neighbourhood on quiet street, this well cared for, newer ... Get More Info

Listing # 30687903  |  $729,900.00

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5418 Wellington Road 39 . , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

My Father was one of those Dads who always had just the right tool, an old piece of scrap wood, metal bar & thousands of... Get More Info

Listing # 30688087  |  $749,900.00

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204 Barden Street , Eden Mills, Ontario, Canada

Every once in a while, the perfect blend of vintage charm with modern amenities & a picturesque setting, becomes ... Get More Info

Listing # X4254967  |  $749,900.00

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204 BARDEN ST , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Eden Mills

Historic ""Dragonstone"" (Circa 1865) Is The Perfect Blend Of Vintage Charm With Modern Amenities In A Quiet Village ... Get More Info

Listing # W4254594  |  $574,900.00

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44 NELSON CRT , Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada

Custom Built 4 Level Side-Split On .317 Acre Lot - Steps To Fairy Lake! First Time Offered By Original Owners, This ... Get More Info

Listing # 30681258  |  $1,449,900.00

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683 Arkell Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Puslinch County Estate. The original Arkell Farm Stonemason from 140 years ago could not have imagined this soon-to-be ... Get More Info

Listing # 30687325  |  $419,900.00

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81 Johnston Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A superb starter: When you walk down Johnston street you can see this is a superb neighborhood which has been ... Get More Info

Listing # 30687571  |  $625,000.00

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106 Kay Crescent , Fergus, Ontario, Canada

Its open concept living at its finest in this generous, two storey Lilac model in Ferguss Summerfields. A distinctive ... Get More Info

Listing # 30685380  |  $520,000.00

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34 Moss Place , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This is one of those rare locations where it's a quiet street, but VERY close to everything. Just a few short steps to ... Get More Info

Listing # 30670432  |  $428,900.00

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60 LAMBETH Way , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Great South end home with a great price! How many great South end properties can you find for under $430,000? This ... Get More Info

Listing # 30687221  |  $529,900.00

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83 Watt Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

STYLE, QUALITY AND VALUE. This Pavlovic built family home boasts quality and a spacious floor plan. The light pours in ... Get More Info

Listing # W4251766  |  $439,900.00

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6 BEVERLY LANE , Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada

This Charming End Unit Townhome , With A Quiet Cul-De-Sac Location, Has A Private Backyard Shaded By A Towering ... Get More Info

Listing # X4251345  |  $2,300,000.00

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5351 WELLINGTON 27 RD , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Rural Guelph/Eramosa

This Beautifully Manicured, 98-Acre Property With Emerald Green Pastures, Heated 7-Stall Stable, Large Heated Workshop, ... Get More Info

Listing # 30686244  |  $459,900.00

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2 - 106 Woodlawn Road E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP is exhibited thoughout this delightful home as it eagerly awaits its new owner. This is your ... Get More Info

Listing # X4249378  |  $629,000.00

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55 KEATS CRES , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kortright Hills

This Newly Renovated Split-Level Home Is The Perfect Home For The First-Time Buyer, Established Family Or Investor. ... Get More Info

Listing # 30686869  |  $2,100.00 Monthly

Condo  |  For Lease

12 - 91 Poppy Drive E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful South end condo townhome for rent. Nearly new 2 storey, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home, over 1400SF and is available... Get More Info

Listing # 30686678  |  $295,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

17 - 383 Edinburgh Road S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Just starting out or winding down? Here is the perfect home for you! 2 bedrooms, spacious main floor, finished basement ... Get More Info

Listing # 30662379  |  $140,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

8 Elm Place , Fergus, Ontario, Canada

6 Month seasonal cottage. This tidy 3 bedroom seasonal unit across from grassy fields has undergone a full ... Get More Info

Listing # 30686574  |  $619,800.00

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278 Lourdes Street , Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Are you looking for a home in the Old Westmount area of Waterloo? If so, take notice of this outstanding property on a ... Get More Info

Listing # 30685710  |  $629,000.00

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55 Keats Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This newly renovated split-level home is the perfect home for the first-time buyer, established family or investor. ... Get More Info

Listing # 30683445  |  $337,500.00

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245 GEDDES Street , Elora, Ontario, Canada

Steps to Eloras downtown, parks and the gorge! This is an ideal home for a first time home buyer or someone looking to... Get More Info

Listing # X4247517  |  $1,249,000.00

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44 LYON AVE , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Exhibition Park

One Of The Most Sought After And Signature Streets In Guelph! The Moment You Walk Onto The Exquisite Front Porch, You'll... Get More Info

Listing # 30679332  |  $550,000.00

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50 London Road W , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

IDEALLY LOCATED IN VIBRANT DOWNTOWN, in sought-after and highly desired Exhibition Park area. Circa 1860, this charming,... 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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