Guelph neighbourhoods- understanding Guelph real estate
One of the best things about buying Guelph real estate is the variety in housing. Just like the variety in ethnicities of food or brand of cars, there is something for everyone in the Guelph real estate market.
Browsing the MLS listings for Guelph, you’ll find a mix of new homes, old homes, bungalows, sidesplits, townhouses, apartments and condos. Generally, the older homes are the centre of the city and as time moves on, newer homes extend the radius out the current city limits. Here is a general look at the Guelph market and the homes you may find in each area:
The areas that make up the downtown Guelph area include downtown proper, Exhibition Park, St Georges Park and St Patricks Ward (known today as “the Ward”). There are also the northern parts of Old University that contain historically significant homes. Downtown Guelph also includes the sub areas of Sunny Acres and the newly revitalized Junction.
Here you’ll find Guelph homes built in the 1850’s all the way to the 1950’s with some exceptions. Depending on the style and significance of the home, you may find that it’s a “historically designated” home, meaning that parts of it are protected for preservation of Guelph history. Making alterations to a home like this are more difficult to do. Alternatively it could be on the historical register which means that it’s recognized for it’s role in Guelph history, but not officially designated in any way.
Riverside Park/ General Hospital
Located right next to each other, just north of downtown are the areas of Riverside Park and General Hospital. Riverside Park, as it would imply, is home to Guelph’s Riverside Park. The park has been around for well over 100 years and has all sorts of great attractions including a carousel, kids train, many summer events such as Ribfest and Multicultural Fest, a giant playground, access to the Speed River and a suspension bridge. The homes in this area are generally post war bungalows on picturesque side streets that range from 800-1200 square feet above ground.
Located in the Northwest Corner of Guelph, the area of Victoria North was mostly developed in the 1960’s- 1970’s and features a variety of bungalows, sidesplits and backsplits. Homes in this area can be purchased for anywhere between $350- $750K
Willow West/ Dovercliffe/Onward Willow:
Between the post war era of the late 1940’s to 1980, these areas started to develop around the downtown core. In the early portion of this era, you can find steeply pitched 1.5 storey homes. Into the 1950’s and 1960’s are the always popular post war bungalows. These bungalows have proven versatile over the years for investors (accessory apartments), downsizers, young families and first time buyers.
Post war bungalows can also be found in the outskirts of Exhibition Park and St Georges Park as these areas expanded outwards.
Into the late 1960’s, the sidesplit and backsplit homes became popular with their different levels of living. These models tend to have a large rec room type area at the lower level (and if you’re really lucky it’s a walkout!)
Kortright Hills/ Sugarbush:
As the Guelph housing supply expanded into the 1980’s the areas to the west of the Hanlon Expressway were also developed. North of Wellington St, West Acres/ Sugarbush has a variety of homes in the 1500-2100 square foot range with quiet side streets that are close to amenities such as the West End Rec Centre and Guelph’s only Costco.
Kortright Hills is located south of Wellington St and can accessed mainly via College Ave, Stone Road and Kortright Rd. The largest landmark for this area is the YMCA located at Downey Road and the Hanlon Expressway. Homes from this neighbourhood are generally built from the early 1980’s to the late 1990’s. Kortright Hills consistently ranks near the top of average price in Guelph due to it’s larger home sizes, proximity to the highway and desirable streets.
Kortright West/ Pine Ridge/ Westminster Woods
Development on Gordon St south of Stone Rd had already started years earlier, but intensified all the way to Arkell Rd over the past 25 years. Areas such as Pineridge and Westminster Woods developed in the 1990’s and provided buyers with quiet residential streets, close proximity to amenities such as Guelph’s main mall, Stone Road Mall and easy access to the highway for commuters. The area offers a wide variety of home styles and sizes with price points going from 500,000 to well over $1 million.
Clairfields/ Kortright East
As Guelph continues to expand south into the towns of Aberfoyle and Puslinch, new areas develop. If you’re a long time Guelphite you would remember the Pergola mini golf amusement park at Gordon St/ Clair Rd that was “out of town”. It’s now a major intersection of amenities and a whole other world! Newer homes continue to be built at Clair/ Gordon and now pushing south.
Village by the Arboretum (VBA)
This exclusive area, requiring that owners be a 55+ is unique within Guelph. Village by the Arboretum is a full service, self contained community on leased land from the University of Guelph in co-operation with Reids Heritage Homes. As the Canadian population ages, developments such as VBA continue to gain in popularity. Some of the services of the Village by the Arboretum can be found here: https://www.vba-guelph.org/index.html. Despite the fact that these homes are on leased land, they maintain market value and are priced in line with similar homes outside of the area.
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