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Listing # 30640454  |  $800,000.00

House  |  For Sale

8040 WELLINGTON RD 7 . , Mapleton, Ontario, Canada

Set way back from the road you'll find this remarkably built home and separate 3 bay 2 storey shop. Exceptional quality ... Get More Info


Listing # 30640833  |  $800,000.00

Farm  |  For Sale

8040 WELLINGTON RD 7 . , Mapleton, Ontario, Canada

Set way back from the road you'll find this remarkably built home and separate 3 bay 2 storey shop. Exceptional quality ... Get More Info


Listing # 30658827  |  $459,000.00

House  |  For Sale

21 - 1035 Victoria Road S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Tucked away in a popular development, this 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath "Waverley" model is 1760 sq ft. A spacious, open ... Get More Info


Listing # 30658824  |  $275,000.00

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D - 221 Harvard Place , Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

This 3 bedroom townhouse is conveniently located close to shopping and transit as well as being close to both ... Get More Info


Listing # 30657502  |  $849,900.00

House  |  For Sale

21 MITCHELL Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

If youre an artisan or therapist looking for a century home, rich in character, with separate quarters for your art ... Get More Info


Listing # 30658028  |  $429,900.00

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155 ERAMOSA Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Some little houses live LARGE. This is one of them. Who knew that you could comfortably fit TWO separate 2 bedroom ... Get More Info


Listing # X4130552  |  $2,700,000.00

House  |  For Sale

840 VALENS RD , Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Rural Flamborough

Prominent Boarding/Training And Equestrian Facility - Central To Cambridge/ Hamilton/Burlington/Guelph/Milton Areas. 31 ... Get More Info


Listing # 30648356  |  $529,900.00

House  |  For Sale

49 SPRINGDALE Boulevard , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to this well maintained home located at 49 Springdale Blvd in Parkwood Gardens area of West Guelph. Main floor ... Get More Info


Listing # 30656919  |  $379,900.00

House  |  For Sale

43B - 15 CARERE Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

SUPERB TOWNHOME CONDO! This original one-owner 2 bedroom end-unit is ready to go! The home has been freshly painted top ... Get More Info


Listing # 30655312  |  $824,900.00

House  |  For Sale

40 PAULSTOWN Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A truly gorgeous home is in absolute move in condition pride of ownership is evident !! Even better this home backs ... Get More Info


Listing # X4129283  |  $1,299,900.00

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143 RIVERVIEW DR , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Waverley

This True Landmark Home Faces Directly On Riverside Park & Guelph's Majestic Speed River. With Over 3,000 Sq Ft And 5 ... Get More Info


Listing # 30657277  |  $879,900.00

House  |  For Sale

357 Alice Street , Southampton, Ontario, Canada

As the summer sun sets slowly over Lake Huron, youll pick up your beach chair, tuck away whats left of the Chardonnay ... Get More Info


Listing # 30657282  |  $724,900.00

House  |  For Sale

64 PAULSTOWN Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Stunning bungalow in superb condition true pride of ownership is very evident ! Just move in and enjoy it's that ... Get More Info


Listing # 30657699  |  $399,990.00

Condo  |  For Sale

216 - 1440 Gordon Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

TWO BEDROOM/ TWO BATHROOM SOUTH END CONDO WITH UNDERGROUND PARKING! This condo has it all! The panoramic view of the ... Get More Info


Listing # 30646120  |  $1,299,900.00

House  |  For Sale

143 Riverview Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This true landmark home is located on an expansive and beautifully landscaped lot directly facing Riverside Park & the ... Get More Info


Listing # 30657396  |  $675,000.00

House  |  For Sale

22 MAPLE GOLF Crescent , Tobermory, Ontario, Canada

Exquisite turn key business!!! Fully finished 6 bedroom bed and breakfast. Complete with 4 sets of linnens, operational ... Get More Info


Listing # X4127428  |  $450,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

#1 -90 WOODLAWN RD E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Waverley

Rarely Do The Bungalow Homes At River Ridge Condominium Become Available. Rarer Still Are They Priced So Attractively. ... Get More Info


Listing # 30657103  |  $454,900.00

House  |  For Sale

24 Reid Court , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Attention Investors! This 4 bedroom detached 2 storey is fully rented until April 30, 2019. Three bedroms rented for ... Get More Info


Listing # 30656938  |  $399,900.00

House  |  For Sale

3 - 12 Glasgow Street S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

As you park in your allotted space and walk down the interlocking brick pathway to Unit # 3, you step up onto a ... Get More Info


Listing # X4125165  |  $375,000.00

House  |  For Sale

389A CHURCHILL CRT , Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Investors & Parents -Investment Opportunity!. Licensed 4Br Semi/Student Rental Close To Universities Of Waterloo And ... Get More Info


Listing # 30653017  |  $450,000.00

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1 - 90 Woodlawn Road E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Every once in a while, an opportunity presents itself. Now is that time. Rarely do the Bungalow homes at River Ridge ... Get More Info


Listing # 30654798  |  $770,500.00

House  |  For Sale

5077 FIRST LINE . , Acton, Ontario, Canada

Country living on paved road close to Acton Go Station and easy access to major centers. Original part of home was built... Get More Info


Listing # 30654812  |  $519,000.00

House  |  For Sale

78 Bellamy Crescent , Fergus, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 78 Bellamy Crescent. Located in the charming town of Fergus, this 1600 square foot backsplit sits on a large ... Get More Info


Listing # 30655824  |  $579,900.00

House  |  For Sale

16 Lake Road , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

Country on the Edge of Town! Lake view in front & private conservation land behind, this wonderful 4 bedroom home boasts... 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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