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Listing # X4827207  |  $599,000.00

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177 HUNGERFORD RD , Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

This Is A Car Buff, Tinkerer, Hobbyist's Dream - An Oversized Double Garage (29' X 25') That Is Insulated, Has It's Own ... Get More Info

Listing # X4826332  |  $1,085,000.00

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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 # X4823677  |  $949,900.00

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031245 9TH LINE , East Garafraxa, Ontario, Canada
Rural East Garafraxa

A Well-Manicured Lot, Beautiful Landscaping, And A Timber Frame Entrance Welcomes You To This Stunning Home Conveniently... Get More Info

Listing # X4822808  |  $1,295,000.00

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532 SPEEDVALE AVE E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Who Knew This Stone Estate Was Perched On A Hill Majestically Back From The Road On A Wooded 1 Acre Lot Amid Tall Trees ... Get More Info

Listing # C4820050  |  $899,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

#2023 -230 QUEENS QUAY W , Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Waterfront Communities C1

Beautiful 2Bdrm, 2 Full Bathroom, On The 20th Flr! Enjoy The Quintessential Toronto City Skyline With Views Of The Cn ... Get More Info

Listing # X4818381  |  $589,900.00

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261 ASTORIA PL , London, Ontario, Canada

Well Located Property Near Chesham Heights Park, For An Investment Or Large Family Home! 2 Storey With 4 Bedrooms Up ... 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 # X4816651  |  $1,299,900.00

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95 COBBLESTONE PL , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Estate Home 10 Min To Go Train And 40 Min To Yyz! Former Model Charleston Model Home With Tons Of Upgrades. Grand Foyer,... Get More Info

Listing # E4815826  |  $1,299,000.00

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43 LEUTY AVE , Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Beaches

Quaint And Characterful Semi-Detached 2.5 Storey Home South Of Queen, Oodles Of Beaches Charm, In Tact. Duplexed With 2,... Get More Info

Listing # W4815134  |  $629,000.00

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7 JOHN GOY SR TR , Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada

Stunning, Upgraded Bungalow In The Sought After Neighbourhood Of Arbour Lane. This Charleston Built Open Concept Home ... 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 # X4812476  |  $460,000.00

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65 WILLIAM ST , Brantford, Ontario, Canada

This Home In The Heart Of Downtown Brantford Is A Turn-Key Rental Property With A Desirable Open Concept Layout. This ... Get More Info

Listing # W4806480  |  $724,900.00

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678 EDWARDS AVE , Milton, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful 3 Bedroom Townhouse In Great Shape That Is Move In Ready. Hardwood Floors On The Main Level Withs A Separate ... 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 # X4804155  |  $1,297,900.00

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74 DURHAM ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Central West

Built In 1885, This Limestone Home Is A True Masterpiece. 2365 Sq Ft., With Large Rooms. Stunning Formal Living Centered... Get More Info

Listing # X4800437  |  $629,900.00

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176 TAYLOR AVE , Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Did Someone Say ""Turn-Key""? Here Is A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity To Own A Fully Remodeled Home On A Quiet Court; ... Get More Info

Listing # X4800245  |  $1,000,000.00

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316 GORDON ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Old University

This Charming And Distinguished Stately Downtown 2 Story Red Brick Home Is Nestled Atop The Hill, Just Blocks From The U... Get More Info

Listing # X4795039  |  $1,750,000.00

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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 # 30812398  |  $1,630,000.00

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PT LOT 16 Maltby Road E , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

A rare opportunity to create a CUSTOM BUILT Mezcon Construction home on Maltby Rd in Puslinch! Centrally located to both... Get More Info

Listing # X4779647  |  $759,000.00

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167 Morris STREET, Guelph, ON, Canada
(Two Rivers)

Welcome To One Of The Most Stunning New Townhome Communities In Guelph. The Biltmore Factory Towns Capture The Essence ... Get More Info

Listing # X4775743  |  $459,900.00

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

Location! Live In Sought After South-End Of Guelph! 3Bdrm, 2 Bath Condo With 927 Sqft Of Living Space. Perfect For ... 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 # X4769328  |  $844,000.00

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254 Gosling GDNS, 25 , Guelph, ON, Canada

Stop Looking - Great Care And Pride Of Ownership Shows In Every Facet Of This Wonderful Home. Upgraded Kitchen With Many... 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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