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Listing # 30609198  |  $189,900.00

Vacant Land  |  For Sale

8060 CONCESSION 8 . , Drayton, Ontario, Canada

Lovely rolling lot, completely in the country, with neighboring trees and river!! 1/3 of this lot is in a 'regulated ... Get More Info

Listing # 30609228  |  $299,900.00

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 # 30609786  |  $828,900.00

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. 2 x 6 construction ... Get More Info

Listing # 30614924  |  $619,900.00

House  |  For Sale

109 Rougehaven Way , Markham, Ontario, Canada

This townhouse with low common elements fee, has all the comforts of a quaint community while having big city luxuries ... Get More Info

Listing # 30615122  |  $589,900.00

House  |  For Sale

4131 Galileo Common , Burlington, Ontario, Canada

From the moment you step into this beautiful freehold townhouse, you will be impressed by the 9 ft. ceilings and ample ... Get More Info

Listing # N3990961  |  $619,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

109 ROUGEHAVEN WAY , Markham, Ontario, Canada
Vinegar Hill

If You Want All The Comforts Of A Quaint Community While Having Big City Luxuries At Your Fingertips, This One's For ... Get More Info

Listing # 30614527  |  $699,900.00

House  |  For Sale

5839 Sixth Line E , Ariss, Ontario, Canada

Peace and Tranquility of the countryside, yet only 10 min. to Guelph & easy access to KW. This lovely sidesplit with ... Get More Info

Listing # 30614809  |  $3,800,000.00

House  |  For Sale

1870 Bleams Road , Wilmot, Ontario, Canada

If you have been looking for the perfect horse facility, quit looking! Built from scratch and completed less than 2 ... Get More Info

Listing # 30614884  |  $229,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

211 - 107 Bagot Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Sit out on your balcony and enjoy the privacy. You will quickly fall in love with this 2 Bedroom unit with large ... Get More Info

Listing # 30613085  |  $424,900.00

House  |  For Sale

22 - 124 GOSLING Gardens , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Looking For A New Investment To Add To Your Portfolio? This Modern Townhouse at 124 Gosling Gardens #22, features three ... Get More Info

Listing # 30613824  |  $589,900.00

House  |  For Sale

226 Elmira Road S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 226 Elmira Rd. S. This backsplit has been extremely well maintained and recently updated with style and taste... Get More Info

Listing # 30614571  |  $525,000.00

House  |  For Sale

29 Delaware Avenue , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This beautiful bungalow with its classic charm and chic modern amenities has been meticulously maintained and is ... Get More Info

Listing # 30614582  |  $469,000.00

House  |  For Sale

404 West Acres Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Set in a mature family-friendly, west-end neighbourhood on a pie-shaped lot, this 4 level backsplit offers a lot! For ... Get More Info

Listing # 30614441  |  $299,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

109 - 19 Woodlawn Road E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Established & Convenient location next to Riverside Park and popular shops, this Spic n Span 2 bedroom main floor Condo ... Get More Info

Listing # 30614489  |  $544,900.00

House  |  For Sale

568 GRANGE Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Make This One Your Next Family Home! Walk in the front door of this quality built Pidel home and you will find an open ... Get More Info

Listing # 30612965  |  $539,900.00

House  |  For Sale

95 Oakes Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This Fusion built two storey located on a quiet crescent in the east end is a great family home. The main floor offers a... Get More Info

Listing # 365042002506500  |  $359,900.00

House  |  For Sale

44 INSHES AVE , CHATHAM, Ontario, Canada

Prime location for this turn of century home situated on quiet mature setting nestled on an enormous 57 x 233 ... Get More Info

Listing # 30613871  |  $675,000.00

House  |  For Sale

106 Milne Place , Rockwood, Ontario, Canada

This Carriage collection Bungalow sits nicely on a large lot beautifully landscaped with countless mature trees ... Get More Info

Listing # X3986801  |  $675,000.00

House  |  For Sale

106 MILNE PL , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

A Great Bungalow On A Large Landscaped Lot With Countless Mature Trees. This 1745 Sq Ft Home Has An Open Concept Kitchen... Get More Info

Listing # X3986980  |  $1,080,000.00

House  |  For Sale

5744 JONES BASELINE RD , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada
Rural Guelph/Eramosa

Inside This 2910 Sq Ft Home Is A Floor Plan That Is Ideal For Your Growing Family. Enter The Front Door Into A Centre ... Get More Info

Listing # 30613204  |  $449,900.00

House  |  For Sale

69 Beirnes Court , Fergus, Ontario, Canada

Bungalow Anyone? This end unit bungalow townhouse is what you've been waiting for! Come inside to gracious main floor ... Get More Info

Listing # 30608856  |  $689,900.00

House  |  For Sale

683 Arkell ROAD, Guelph, ON, Canada

Attention renovators, restorers and old home enthusiasts! Needed: someone to bring this circa 1870s gem back to its ... Get More Info

Listing # 30613169  |  $324,900.00

Condo  |  For Sale

200 WOOLWICH STREET, Guelph, ON, Canada

“St.Paul's Place” Condos, this former church has been transformed into a unique and intimate 7 unit condo development. ... Get More Info

Listing # 30611993  |  $499,900.00

House  |  For Sale

222 TERRAVIEW CRES, Guelph, ON, Canada

This is it! This GORGEOUSLY updated South Guelph link home is just waiting for you! From the moment you step inside ... 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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