One of the reasons people are pushing out of the GTA and flowing into Guelph is because of its desirability as a city for a well-rounded community and as a family-friendly place to live. Within Guelph, there are pockets of neighbourhoods that fare better than others when it comes to family living. Royal Home Team has experience finding families the perfect home in neighbourhoods geared for the family unit, and our agents can give insight on the neighbourhoods you should be searching when it comes to finding a home for your family in Guelph.

If you examine a Google map of Guelph, it breaks the city down into approximately 19 areas with 6 wards, and approximately 12 distinct neighbourhood areas. Of these areas, there are a few that stand out amongst the rest for families including: Kortright, Westminster Woods, Downtown Guelph, the West End and Waverly.

These three neighbourhoods with the Kortright name are perfect for families with children of schooling age. The schools in these neighbourhoods are of the top learning facilities in Guelph, with both French and English curriculums to choose from. In the heart of Kortright Hills, there is a public school next to a YMCA, which gives parents of youngsters the option of childcare through YMCA before and after school programs. Kortright West has one of the best-ranked French Immersion Schools as well as an English School option. Then there’s Kortright East, which also has a French Immersion School.

There are plenty of choices when it comes to education, plus the Kortright area is close to the University of Guelph for those thinking about post-secondary options.

Aside from the education factors, Kortright neighbourhoods were built within the past 20-30 years and are newer than some of the homes in Guelph, but definitely don’t come with the price tag of the most recent builds. Affordability is one of the key factors for families to move into the Kortright neighbourhoods, as well as their proximity to the Hanlon Expressway and the 401.

Downtown Guelph and Old City

This neighbourhood mixes the historic and new architecture of Guelph and has a multigenerational community. The homes in this area are diverse and can be anything from a 19th century home to a newly built 21st century one. There’s a mix of activities for families to do and the social aspect of living downtown is perfect for those wanting to explore the food and entertainment in the city. But if one wants to escape the flow of the city, there are nearby parks and trails to provide a calm environment.

As a general perk, families don’t need a car to get around downtown because everything is within close walking distance or on a bus route. There are also plans to improve GO Transportation routes into and out of Guelph’s core, and the addition of the Hanlon to Kitchener for optimal access into and out of the city as a whole.

Downtown Guelph also offers both French and English schools for children and are among the top rated for quality. There are also plenty of parks and opportunities for hands-on learning through downtown Guelph facilities, such as the Guelph Civic Museum, the Guelph Public Library, and Locomotive 6167.

Westminster Wood and Clairfield

This area of Guelph is a little east and south of the University zone, and even further from the downtown core. This neighbourhood is filled with fairly new residential communities, sprinkled with some stores and entertainment spots. But the real draw to this area is its proximity to highway 6 and the 401. It’s a perfect place for commuters to call home.

And commuters with children will be happy to know that this area has some of the top-rated schools in the Guelph board including Westminster Woods Public School and Sir Isaac Brock just a bit to the north-west.

The West End and Willow Acres

The West End and Willow Acres is a convenient area of Guelph for those who commute to Kitchener-Waterloo, but also need somewhat close access to downtown. A car is highly recommended for this area because of its lack of connectivity in terms of public transportation options, but in the future there’s tons of room for improvements. It is a bit further from the 401 in comparison to other neighbourhoods, but there’s still accessibility to it within a few minutes drive.

The homes in this neighbourhood are a bit older than in others, but it means that there’s a level of affordability for all sorts of families and a variety of incomes. It’s also a compelling neighbourhood for families with school-aged children because of the four schools located in the area.

Waverly and North Guelph

Waverly and North Guelph are filled with quiet neighbourhoods that families of all sizes, especially the new generation, can enjoy. These areas are close to Riverside Park, which is one of the green spaces in the city of Guelph. They are further away from the 401 making for a less hectic area where homeowners can relax, however is still easy access to Highway 7 to get to the 401. Another great feature for families and retail-lovers is that shopping is close by with major box-stores lining Woodlawn Rd.

There are less options for high-ranking English schools in the North end, however, one of the top rated French immersion schools in Guelph and in Ontario is a great feature for parents who want their children to learn both languages.

Want To Learn More?

While you can read about all the Guelph neighbourhoods, you may still have some unanswered questions OR you may want to experience these neighbourhoods for yourself. If you are interested in learning more about Guelph’s Real Estate opportunities and how to decide what homes are right for your family, please contact Royal Home Team.

As Real Estate Agents in Guelph, we have first-hand experience and knowledge of the city and can help families decide which neighbourhoods best match their needs. All you need to do, is contact us! We can start by providing you the best listings based on your preferences, or we can set up an appointment to show you some of Guelph’s Real Estate offerings.


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