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Listing # 30694571  |  $199,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

104 - 71 VANIER Drive , Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Finally an affordable place to call home. Spacious 3 bedroom condo in a convenient and central location. Easy access to ... Get More Info


Listing # 30698710  |  $419,500.00

House  |  For Sale

4 N Dakota Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This solid north Guelph bungalow has opportunity written all over it. If you are looking for your first home or as an ... Get More Info


Listing # X4301028  |  $1,100,000.00

House  |  For Sale

96 GILMOUR RD , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Rural Puslinch

Welcome To 96 Gilmour! This Is Your Chance To Own In Prestigious Puslinch! This Gorgeous Home Sits On A 100 X 320 Ft ... Get More Info


Listing # X4301003  |  $2,199,000.00

House  |  For Sale

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 # X4300846  |  $1,100,000.00

House  |  For Sale

72 QUEEN ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Central East

Perched On The Crest Of 1 Of The Most Sought-After Streets In Guelph. Treed Property, Combined With A Bright & Charming ... Get More Info


Listing # X4300702  |  $475,000.00

House  |  For Sale

119 RIDGE TOP CRES , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Rockwood

A Great Opportunity To Own In Rockwood! Freehold End-Unit Townhouse Is 1725 Sq Ft With A Detached Double Car Garage. ... Get More Info


Listing # 30698695  |  $639,900.00

House  |  For Sale

132 Ptarmigan Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Move in today to this clean, well-maintained family home. Everything you need plus a registered apartment in the ... Get More Info


Listing # 30698359  |  $1,100,000.00

House  |  For Sale

96 GILMOUR ROAD . , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 96 Gilmour! This is your chance to own in prestigious Puslinch! This gorgeous brick home sits on a large 100... Get More Info


Listing # 30697603  |  $475,000.00

House  |  For Sale

119 RIDGE TOP Crescent , Rockwood, Ontario, Canada

A Great Opportunity to own in Rockwood! This Freehold end-unit Townhouse is one of the biggest models on the block at ... Get More Info


Listing # 30697840  |  $284,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

707 - 19 WOODLAWN Road E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Downsize, travel and enjoy life! This two bedroom, one bath condo apartment offers carefree living in the north end of ... Get More Info


Listing # 30697802  |  $1,100,000.00

House  |  For Sale

72 Queen Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Absolutely irreplaceable, perched on the crest of one of the most sought after streets in Guelph, this Edwardian beauty,... Get More Info


Listing # 30698174  |  $354,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

27 - 16 HADATI Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

You could be in your affordable new home by Christmas! 4 bedroom, 2 bath, end unit condo with attached single car garage... Get More Info


Listing # 30698302  |  $2,199,000.00

House  |  For Sale

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 # X4299344  |  $739,000.00

House  |  For Sale

224 DUNBAR ST , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Rockwood

Welcome To The Quaint & Beautiful Town Of Rockwood! A Mere 20-25 Minutes To The 401/Milton. 4 Bedrooms, Bonus 3rd Floor ... Get More Info


Listing # 30698175  |  $739,000.00

House  |  For Sale

224 Dunbar Street , Rockwood, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to the beautiful quaint Town of Rockwood! This lovely 4 bedroom home not only includes a bonus and spacious 3rd... Get More Info


Listing # 30697709  |  $669,000.00

House  |  For Sale

20 Pine Ridge Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A good house gives you the right feeling as soon as you walk through the door, doesnt it? I knew this was such a home ... Get More Info


Listing # 30697407  |  $329,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

523 - 1291 Gordon Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

One of the best units in Solstice 1! And the special feature unique to this unit is that it comes with three parking ... Get More Info


Listing # 30697314  |  $499,900.00

House  |  For Sale

60 Skinner Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

New Freehold Townhouse Available on Quiet Street on Growing East End. This Marycroft Home is a Move-In Ready Property ... Get More Info


Listing # 30697152  |  $2,150.00 Monthly

Condo  |  For Lease

35 - 2920 Headon Forest Drive , Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Spacious and nicely updated, end-unit townhouse in North Burlington! 3 beds, 2.5 baths with a finished basement and room... Get More Info


Listing # 30697109  |  $534,900.00

House  |  For Sale

317 Suffolk Street W , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Adorable Century Home Close to Downtown-This tastefully, updated home is well-designed with three bedrooms, two baths, ... Get More Info


Listing # 30695953  |  $474,900.00

House  |  For Sale

58 GRAYSTONE Avenue , Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Cute as a Button!! Come and take a peek at this totally refinished three bedroom bungalow with a huge pool sized fenced ... Get More Info


Listing # 30696439  |  $499,900.00

House  |  For Sale

6 Spruce Haven Court , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Here is a slice of Utopia right here in Guelph in The Village by the Arboretum. There seems to be a real sense of ... Get More Info


Listing # 30695744  |  $339,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

313 - 19 Waterford Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Come and see this lovely 2 bedroom + den condo in the sought after South End of Guelph, close to shops, restaurants and ... Get More Info


Listing # 30696479  |  $589,900.00

House  |  For Sale

163 KINGSWOOD Drive , Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Just turn the key and unpack! This 3+1 family home has enough space for immediate family plus a bonus main level (zero ... 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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