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Listing # 30609786  |  $809,000.00

House  |  For Sale

8040 WELLINGTON RD 7 , Mapleton, ON, 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 ID: 7122768  |  $548,800.00

House  |  For Sale

Tucked away on the quiet bend and among the mature tree-lined streets near Riverside Park is where you'll find this ... Get More Info


Listing # 30609228  |  $249,000.00

Vacant Land  |  For Sale

79 Woolwich Street , Salem, Ontario, Canada

Residential building lot just as you enter the village of Salem. Rectangular shaped, this corner lot is still private ... Get More Info


Listing # 30638099  |  $474,900.00

House  |  For Sale

109 Grange Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Charming Century Centre Hall Bungalow on a 66x230 foot lot with a wonderful view! Just down the street from St. Georges ... Get More Info


Listing # 30638734  |  $689,900.00

House  |  For Sale

16 BLAIR Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome Home to 16 Blair Drive! Just 10 minutes from Highway 401, this Westminster Woods home in Guelphs prestigious ... Get More Info


Listing # 30638652  |  $549,900.00

House  |  For Sale

27 WAKEFIELD Lane , Waterdown, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to the Victorian Villiage of Waterdown! Renovated 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom semi-detached home in a family-friendly ... Get More Info


Listing # X4048264  |  $765,900.00

House  |  For Sale

11 PTARMIGAN DR , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kortright Hills

This 83 Ft Lot, Is Over 2700 Sqft Featuring Brand New Double Garage Door, Front Door, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Hardwood ... Get More Info


Listing # 30637545  |  $799,900.00

House  |  For Sale

26 Marr Drive , Elora, Ontario, Canada

Looking for a large family home with a huge lot? This home has plenty of space for your family, and neighbourhood kids! ... Get More Info


Listing # 30638675  |  $349,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

904 - 24 MARILYN Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Spacious 1590 sq.ft. custom built 2 bedroom unit. Not another one like this in the building! Stunning 9th floor view of... Get More Info


Listing # 30637486  |  $1,397,000.00

House  |  For Sale

13 Telfer Glen Street , Morriston, Ontario, Canada

A meticulously maintained, executive bungalow - this fabulous family home features 4+2 bedrooms, 5 baths, a fully ... Get More Info


Listing # 30638388  |  $346,900.00

House  |  For Sale

11 - 424 SCOTTSDALE Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Investment opportunity with tenanted townhouse/condo. Larger than the usual, this end unit townhouse offers space and ... Get More Info


Listing # X4048867  |  $549,900.00

House  |  For Sale

27 WAKEFIELD LANE, Hamilton, ON, Canada
(Waterdown)

4 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom Semi-Detached Home In Family-Friendly East Waterdown. Spacious Master With Ensuite And Walk-In ... Get More Info


Listing # 30638125  |  $242,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

210 - 415 GRANGE Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A wonderful opportunity to get into the Guelph real estate market. This brick built condo complex is conveniently ... Get More Info


Listing # X4046277  |  $1,399,000.00

House  |  For Sale

6926 CONCESSION 2 , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Rural Puslinch

Rare Opportunity To Own A 81-Acre Property (65 Workable) With 2 Houses! Barn Measures 60 X 60 And Is Currently Used As A... Get More Info


Listing # 30638060  |  $549,900.00

House  |  For Sale

7204 JONES BASELINE Road , Arthur, Ontario, Canada

Looking for quiet and tranquility? This is the property for you. 10 Acres of bush with approx 2 acre cleared for house ... Get More Info


Listing # 30638054  |  $729,900.00

House  |  For Sale

67 Clairfields Drive E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Designed with Distinction! This bright & spacious home is in move in condition and boasts a large living room, formal ... Get More Info


Listing # 30636549  |  $789,000.00

House  |  For Sale

425 St Andrew Street E , Fergus, Ontario, Canada

"Breath-Taking" Executive Home with an Awesome Elegance that literally shouts out to you! . A TIMELESS home that will be... Get More Info


Listing # 30637496  |  $2,000.00 Monthly

House  |  For Lease

22 Joseph Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Main floor of a three bedroom bungalow with wheelchair accessible main floor and basement laundry facilities. Tenant ... Get More Info


Listing # 30636632  |  $765,900.00

House  |  For Sale

11 PTARMIGAN Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Are you a Growing Family Looking to Upgrade to a Larger Home? Welcome! 11 Ptarmigan Drive is a large updated, well ... Get More Info


Listing # X4044547  |  $879,000.00

House  |  For Sale

7389 CONCESSION 1 , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada
Rural Puslinch

Enjoy Country Living While Still Being Close To Popular Amenities And All Major Commuting Arteries. This Tremendous ... Get More Info


Listing # 30637507  |  $675,000.00

House  |  For Sale

42 Alma Street S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Completely updated, renovated and added to, this home is a perfect blend of traditional character and modern convenience... Get More Info


Listing # 30637509  |  $359,900.00

House  |  For Sale

394 SCOTTSDALE Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Investors find the Scottsdale Mews and this location most convenient to attract students from the University of Guelph. ... Get More Info


Listing # 30637648  |  $1,456,000.00

House  |  For Sale

7808 Wellington Rd 34 . , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

Let's go shopping! This exquisite (proposed) bungaloft just keeps giving - 3 bedroom, 3 baths sprawled out over 2,980 ... Get More Info


Listing # X4044150  |  $1,450,000.00

House  |  For Sale

9 MCNULTY LANE , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Pine Ridge

The Appeal Of This Incredible Residence Starts Right At The Curb! South Facing Rear Yard Backs Onto Conservation Lands. ... 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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