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Listing # X4343087  |  $525,000.00

House  |  For Sale

4 MCCORKINDALE PL , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

This Is Your Opportunity To Get Into The Housing Market With This Well Laid Out Back Split Home On A Quiet Cul De Sac. ... Get More Info

Listing # X4343080  |  $849,900.00

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7 WOODLAND GLEN DR , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Designed With Distinction , This 2 Storey, 4 Bed, 4 Bath Gem Will Impress You With Its Comfort, Style And Charm ! The ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707535  |  $999,900.00

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20 Brookhaven Crescent , East Garafraxa, Ontario, Canada

Set on one acre, amid an enclave of fine estate homes, this ranch style bungalow ticks all the boxes. Over two levels, ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707617  |  $525,000.00

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4 McCorkindale Place , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This is your opportunity to get into the housing market with this well laid out back split home on a quiet cul de sac. ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707963  |  $749,900.00

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105 Pheasant Run Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This 2-storey 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2026 sq/ft red brick, is located in the Kortright Hills neighborhood and offers ... Get More Info

Listing # X4342765  |  $999,900.00

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20 BROOKHAVEN CRES , East Garafraxa, Ontario, Canada
Rural East Garafraxa

Set On 1 Acre, Amid An Enclave Of Fine Estate Homes, This Stone & Brick Bungalow Ticks All The Boxes. Almost 5000 Sq.Ft ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707905  |  $849,900.00

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75 Stafford Street , Elora, Ontario, Canada

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 2:00 - 4:00 Gorgeous is an about FULLY LOADED! This 2-year-old ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707858  |  $689,000.00

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224 Dunbar Street S , Rockwood, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to the beautiful quaint Town of Rockwood....One of Ontario's best kept secrets! This 4 bedroom home not only ... Get More Info

Listing # E4341595  |  $789,900.00

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69 RAVINE PARK CRES , Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Rouge E10

Great, Solid Home In A Quiet Pocket Just Minutes From Groceries, Highways And The Rouge Hill Go Station! Same Owners For... Get More Info

Listing # 30704976  |  $439,900.00

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5 RODGERS Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Charming and affordable detached Freehold home in ideal location. Walking distance to Zehrs plaza, schools and parks. ... Get More Info

Listing # X4341831  |  $689,000.00

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224 DUNBAR ST , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Welcome To The Quaint & Beautiful Town Of Rockwood! A Mere 20-25 Minutes To The 401/Milton. 4 Bedrooms, Bonus 3rd Floor ... Get More Info

Listing # 30705291  |  $789,900.00

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69 RAVINE PARK Crescent , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great, solid home in a quiet pocket just minutes from groceries, highways and the Rouge Hill Go Station! Same owners ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707470  |  $1,200,000.00

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2 Yarl Place , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Want new construction but don't want to wait? Come and have a look at this brand new residence! Featuring a main floor ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707511  |  $409,900.00

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7 - 66 Rodgers Road , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Calling all investors, first time home buyers or parents of University kids! Mom and Dad, don't you need a place for ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707277  |  $849,900.00

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7 WOODLAND GLEN Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Woodland Glen is one of those streets where people drive by and say " WOW, these are nice homes !". This 2 storey, 4 ... Get More Info

Listing # 30706184  |  $325,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

346 Scottsdale Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Attention Investors! Looking for a great location in Guelph? Close to the University, the major mall and shopping? ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707178  |  $1,800.00 Monthly

House  |  For Lease

8184 Wellington Road 124 . , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Lovely renovated farm house with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, eat-in kitchen, living room with additional den. Main ... Get More Info

Listing # 30706956  |  $394,900.00

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81 MEMORIAL Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Ideal Starter or Retirement Home. Charming 2 bedroom home located in quiet and established area. Bright eat-in custom ... Get More Info

Listing # X4338146  |  $539,900.00

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5 HILL ST , Centre Wellington, Ontario, Canada

Nestled Just On The Edge Of Elora, This Sidesplit Sits On A Huge Pie-Shaped Lot With Over 1500 Sqft Of Living Space. ... Get More Info

Listing # 30705905  |  $539,900.00

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5 HILL Street , Centre Wellington, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 5 Hill Street nestled on a quiet street just on the edge of Beautiful Elora, this Sidesplit sits on a huge ... Get More Info

Listing # X4337661  |  $369,900.00

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#208 -17 KAY CRES , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Look No Further! Tired Of Searching For Condos And Not Finding The Qualities Found In A Freehold Home? Master Walk-In ... Get More Info

Listing # 30706375  |  $324,000.00

Condo  |  For Sale

102 - 57 SUFFOLK Street W , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

PRESTIGIOUS ADDRESS-57 SUFFOLK ST. This handsome brick building was erected in 1903 and served as King Edward School ... Get More Info

Listing # 30705277  |  $369,900.00

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208 - 17 Kay Crescent , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Look no further! Tired of searching for condos and not finding the qualities found in a freehold home? Master Walk-in ... Get More Info

Listing # 30693189  |  $298,900.00

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62 MARTIN Drive , South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Four season home on corner lot in the highly sought after Sauble Beach area. Only 2km from the beach with Everything ... 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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