If you are thinking about moving, there are many options outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). On the list of up-and-coming cities, Guelph may be one of the cities you are considering and you will not be disappointed with your choice. Here are 5 reasons why you would consider moving to Guelph.
1. Commuting Is Relatively Easier
When you live in Guelph, commuting to other cities for work is relatively easier than other locations. It is closer to other major cities like Waterloo (approximately 30-35 minutes), Hamilton (approximately 40-45 minutes), and Toronto (approximately 45 minutes to an hour). You can also easily catch the GO Train to Toronto.
2. Top-Rated Schools
If you are moving with kids, teenagers, or even students, Guelph is home to many great elementary schools, high schools, Catholic schools, and the University of Guelph. Victory Public School, John McCrae Public School and Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute are great selections, just to name a few.
3. Downtown Entertainment
Not only do the Guelph Storms put on a great hockey show during hockey season, but the River Run Center is always hosting various types of plays, musicians and other kinds of shows for you and your family to enjoy together. Downtown is also very walkable, so after enjoying a hockey game or a play, grab a bite to eat at one of the top-rated restaurants downtown, like The Western, or Royal Electric Bar, or Buon Gusto.
4. Reasonable Cost Of Living
The current average home price in Guelph is approximately $527,000. The average salary you need a month to live in Guelph is around $3,400, 27% less than Toronto. The unemployment rate is low too, in fact, it is one of the lowest in Canada, currently sitting at 2.3% and in 2016 it was ranked one of the easiest cities to find a job in Canada, according to the Bank of Montreal (BMO). It is also the fifth fastest-growing city in the country, so there are lots of new business opportunities to stay on top of.
5. Support Local
Guelph students and long-term residents have certainly taught the importance of supporting local businesses like coffee roasters, bookstores, or markets, to newcomers relocating to the city. This has brought along a “hipster” reputation for Guelph, but everyone who lives in the city is certainly proud to call Guelph home and continue to buy the best quality stuff around.
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Find The Right REALTOR® & Neighborhood
Not only is moving a tough decision but choosing the right neighborhood to settle into is hard too. With the help of a realtor in Guelph who knows the market and area well, he or she can help you determine which location will best suit your wants and needs. Do you need to be close to schools? Do you want to live near parks? (Guelph has almost 2,500 acres of parks and 70 km of trails).
If you are relocating to Guelph because of a new job, to be closer to family, or you are just looking for a change, you will not be disappointed. Guelph has many great attributes, including its reputed school board, low unemployment rate, and many parks and trails to suit your active lifestyle.
Disclaimer: prices and numbers subject to change.
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Agent Name: Chris S. | View Agent Profile>>
Serving Area: Guelph
Chris was born and raised in Guelph and truly understands the meaning of local. He works with his mother, Kathy Shody, and together they provide a fun, knowledgeable and professional real estate experience.
Agent Name: Brandon T. | View Agent Profile>>
Serving Area: Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo
"I have thorough systems in place for both my buyers and sellers and have proven I can get them great deals. With over 7 years of experience and constant training, it has made me the agent I’ve always strived to be for my clients."
Agent Name: Natasha P. | View Agent Profile>>
Serving Area: Guelph
"I really enjoy helping couples, families and investors see all the wonderful aspects that Guelph and its neighbourhoods have to offer."