If there is one individual neighbourhood in Guelph that is primed to explode in value, it’s The Ward.
For years now the area has been somewhat overlooked by developers, builders, investors and family home buyers. The location is excellent, the access to services is increasing and the livability is on par with much higher priced surrounding neighbourhoods. Whether the plan is investment, easy condo living, or a great place to raise your kids, you will find something of interest here.
Growth of a neighbourhood really begins with new development and large capital investments from both the public and private sectors. The recent Metalworks development has brought new life into the neighbourhood with final phases still to be finished. Upon completion, this project will have added 600+ condo units to the neighbourhood, signifying a revolution of thinking when it comes to east side of the river.
Guelph has been building homes in The Ward since the 1870’s, although the vast majority of houses were constructed in the post-war building boom. Smaller footprint homes designed more for efficiency than style populate many streetscapes. Front porches take an equal position of importance to a rear deck. The revival of many older homes is well underway and many younger families, singles and first-time buyers are focusing primarily on housing in the area.
Placed perfectly between the confluence of the Speed and the Eramosa rivers, the natural setting provides walking access to parks, trails, sports fields and of course historic downtown Guelph. No other neighbourhood in Guelph has such riches on its doorstep. Go for a walk with the dog, a run, or even a paddle without ever leaving your neighbourhood.
Public school students can look forward to attending John Galt PS for grades K-8 before moving on to John F. Ross to complete their highschool education. Catholic school students will attend Sacred Heart before heading to St. James for highschool.