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Listing # 30680547  |  $459,900.00

House  |  For Sale

849 Dunbar Road , Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Delightful sidesplit with 4 levels on a large lot overlooking parkland and Dumphries Conservation area. Finished on all ... Get More Info

Listing # X4224018  |  $749,500.00

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103 MACLENNAN ST , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

This House Has Room For Everyone! Large Lot Fully Landscaped With Mature Trees. Main Floor Master With A 5 Piece Bath & ... Get More Info

Listing # 30679798  |  $479,900.00

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75 SUNNYLEA Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful corner lot with 70' frontage! Long single drive good to park at least 2 cars. Cozy three bedroom sideplit with... Get More Info

Listing # 30679686  |  $709,000.00

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40 Keating Drive , Elora, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to this beautifully built Keating home in Elora. 40 Keating Drive is home to this almost 1800 sq ft two storey ... Get More Info

Listing # 30679923  |  $469,500.00

Condo  |  For Sale

15 MARILYN Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

WARNING: If looking out to the little waterfall at Riverside Park from your kitchen table sounds like a soothing way to ... Get More Info

Listing # 30663306  |  $419,800.00

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63 WILSONVIEW Avenue , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome home to 63 Wilsonview Avenue! This nicely updated 4 Bedroom, 3 bath home boasts beautiful finishes, and is fully... Get More Info

Listing # 30680259  |  $749,500.00

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103 MACLENNAN Street , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 103 MacLennan! It starts with a large lot, Interlock driveway, beautifully landscaped gardens, double car ... Get More Info

Listing # 30665579  |  $539,900.00

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234 FAIRWAY Road , Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

Absolutely spectacular bungalow backing onto the Sally creek golf course.The main floor is spacious and bright with a ... Get More Info

Listing # 30680153  |  $345,000.00

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125 - 1077 Gordon Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Tastefully finished 2 bedroom plus den. Open-concept design, bright decor, soaring ceilings and breakfast bar. Relax and... Get More Info

Listing # 30677453  |  $299,900.00

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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 # 30679668  |  $799,900.00

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59 Glasgow Street N , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This Circa 1855 vintage gem is truly a magical offering ... unique in character and design throughout. The "Kachelofen" ... Get More Info

Listing # 30679625  |  $259,999.00

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58 - 35 MOUNTFORD Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Tucked at the far back and verging on to the lush greenery of Peter Misersky Park is where you will find this perfectly ... Get More Info

Listing # X4220826  |  $725,000.00

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56 GIBBS CRES , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Spacious & Bright, This Is The Ultimate, Family Home, On A Quiet Friendly Street. Six Generous Sized Bedrooms, Plus Main... Get More Info

Listing # 30678810  |  $409,900.00

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704 COLLEGE Avenue W , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Attention First time home buyers! Move in and put your feet up - it's all done! Freehold semi (NO CONDO FEES!). Updated ... Get More Info

Listing # 30679369  |  $1,350.00 Monthly

House  |  For Lease

B - 507 Victoria Street N , Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Updated 2 bedroom in older home in great location. Close to LRT. Available September 1st. Credit check and one year ... Get More Info

Listing # 30678645  |  $725,000.00

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56 Gibbs Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Spacious and bright this is the ULTIMATE, FAMILY HOME, on a quiet friendly street. Six generous sized bedrooms, plus ... Get More Info

Listing # 30679420  |  $1,700.00 Monthly

Condo  |  For Lease

1 - 100 Waterloo Avenue , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Beautifully updated main floor apartment for lease. Large livingroom and bright updated kitchen. Parking available for 2... Get More Info

Listing # 30678972  |  $689,000.00

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45 Bishop Court , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

I downright love the overall design of this home its an aesthetic that we dont see too much these days, seriously ... Get More Info

Listing # 30678981  |  $369,000.00

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702 - 55 YARMOUTH Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Okay, so youd like to live DOWNTOWN close to everything maybe a nice apartment all on one floor with a great view in a ... Get More Info

Listing # X4218531  |  $325,000.00

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#406 -65 BAYBERRY DR , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Come & See Where Elegance Meets Easy-Living. This Gorgeous Top Floor One Bedroom With Den Apartment Condo Is ... Get More Info

Listing # 30674019  |  $325,000.00

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406 - 65 BAYBERRY DR Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Come and see where elegance meets easy-living. This gorgeous top floor one bedroom with den apartment condo is ... Get More Info

Listing # 30678921  |  $374,900.00

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203 - 55 YARMOUTH Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Live in the heart of downtown Guelph. This sophisticated 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom suite is tastefully decorated and boasts ... Get More Info

Listing # 30678185  |  $579,900.00

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312 Millburn Boulevard , Fergus, Ontario, Canada

Great Layout!! Come check out this spacious three bedroom 4 bathroom home. Upon entering you have an open foyer leading ... Get More Info

Listing # 30678942  |  $649,900.00

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6 DROHAN Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Upon entering this beautifully kept home you are greeted by a sun-filled foyer, which leads you past the conveniently ... 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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