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#11
(05-17-2016, 07:59 AM)panamaniac Wrote: To what part of the Region are you planning to move?

My wife's office will be in Kitchener and we have been looking at homes in both Kitchener and Waterloo.  

So far the areas we seem most drawn to are Waterloo: Beechwood and Westvale, and Kitchener: Forest Heights, Country Hills, or maybe Stanley Park areas.. The top end of our house budget is $400k and we appreciate the areas with mature trees and yards.    We have even seen some homes in the Chicopee and Breslau areas that look nice.  But so far it's been online shopping for homes.  Wifey has a realtor she is working with and she will be in Kitchener in early July to start work and will be able to look more in person.

Should we be avoiding any of these  communities?
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#12
(05-19-2016, 12:17 AM)Cartcanuck Wrote:
(05-17-2016, 07:59 AM)panamaniac Wrote: To what part of the Region are you planning to move?

My wife's office will be in Kitchener and we have been looking at homes in both Kitchener and Waterloo.  

So far the areas we seem most drawn to are Waterloo: Beechwood and Westvale, and Kitchener: Forest Heights, Country Hills, or maybe Stanley Park areas.. The top end of our house budget is $400k and we appreciate the areas with mature trees and yards.    We have even seen some homes in the Chicopee and Breslau areas that look nice.  But so far it's been online shopping for homes.  Wifey has a realtor she is working with and she will be in Kitchener in early July to start work and will be able to look more in person.

Should we be avoiding any of these  communities?

I don't think there's anything on that list to avoid.   In Kitchener, my preference from your list would be Forest Heights (or Forest Hill if you're willing to go older), Stanley Park, and Country Hills, in that order.   You've probably already noticed that you pay a premium for equivalent houses in Waterloo over Kitchener.  Kitchener taxes are also lower than those in Waterloo.  The new subdivisions in Breslau seem nice, but it's a "full car-dependent" kind of place.

If you haven't already seen it, and I'm not sure where to find it, there is a list on-line ranking primary schools in K and W, so you might like to look at that in the context of the neighbourhoods you're considering.
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#13
(05-19-2016, 12:17 AM)Cartcanuck Wrote:
(05-17-2016, 07:59 AM)panamaniac Wrote: To what part of the Region are you planning to move?

My wife's office will be in Kitchener and we have been looking at homes in both Kitchener and Waterloo.  

So far the areas we seem most drawn to are Waterloo: Beechwood and Westvale, and Kitchener: Forest Heights, Country Hills, or maybe Stanley Park areas.. The top end of our house budget is $400k and we appreciate the areas with mature trees and yards.    We have even seen some homes in the Chicopee and Breslau areas that look nice.  But so far it's been online shopping for homes.  Wifey has a realtor she is working with and she will be in Kitchener in early July to start work and will be able to look more in person.

Should we be avoiding any of these  communities?

I live in Forest Heights and absolutely love the area.  I recommend it 100%

If you're looking to top out at $400k, that might be your best bet.  I don't know how much you can get in Beachwood for that price.

Are you looking for something newer/older or doesn't matter?  I'm near Fisher Hallman and Victoria and that neighbourhood was built in the early 90s.  On the other side of Highland for example my friend owns a home that was built in the mid 70s.  Depends what you're looking for.
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#14
(05-19-2016, 07:56 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Kitchener taxes are also lower than those in Waterloo.

Caution! Does not apply if you're looking at houses in a specific price range.

Kitchener 2015 final rate: 1.18477%   link
Waterloo 2015 final rate: 1.15969%   link

It's true, Kitchener taxes tend to be lower. But the average house value assessment in Kitchener is also lower. Dollar for dollar of assessed value, you pay more in Kitchener.

That doesn't take into account other things like wastewater management fees and other costs, though.
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#15
I did not know this - I thought that the mill rate in Waterloo was higher than in Kitchener. Learn something new every day!

Suddenly the budget problems of WPL make sense to me! Wink
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#16
(05-19-2016, 12:04 PM)zanate Wrote: Kitchener 2015 final rate: 1.18477%   link
Waterloo 2015 final rate: 1.15969%   link

Thank you for linking this so I don't have to! It's amazing this myth goes on.

(05-19-2016, 12:17 PM)panamaniac Wrote: Suddenly the budget problems of WPL make sense to me!  Wink

Note, the city of Waterloo will still be collecting more taxes per household, because the value of the houses are higher. So you pay less taxes in Waterloo (assuming equal value), but the city collects more, in comparison to Kitchener. There are some areas of Waterloo where house prices are the same as Kitchener,  most things comparable, so it pays to know this.
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#17
Welcome to the forum, and (soon) to Waterloo Region!

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#18
(05-19-2016, 12:48 PM)Andy Wrote:
(05-19-2016, 12:04 PM)zanate Wrote: Kitchener 2015 final rate: 1.18477%   link
Waterloo 2015 final rate: 1.15969%   link

Thank you for linking this so I don't have to! It's amazing this myth goes on.

(05-19-2016, 12:17 PM)panamaniac Wrote: Suddenly the budget problems of WPL make sense to me!  Wink

Note, the city of Waterloo will still be collecting more taxes per household, because the value price of the houses are higher. So you pay less taxes in Waterloo (assuming equal value), but the city collects more, in comparison to Kitchener. There are some areas of Waterloo where house prices are the same as Kitchener,  most things comparable, so it pays to know this.

Fixed that for you zanate.  Smile
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#19
(05-19-2016, 07:56 AM)panamaniac Wrote:
(05-19-2016, 12:17 AM)Cartcanuck Wrote: My wife's office will be in Kitchener and we have been looking at homes in both Kitchener and Waterloo.  

So far the areas we seem most drawn to are Waterloo: Beechwood and Westvale, and Kitchener: Forest Heights, Country Hills, or maybe Stanley Park areas.. The top end of our house budget is $400k and we appreciate the areas with mature trees and yards.    We have even seen some homes in the Chicopee and Breslau areas that look nice.  But so far it's been online shopping for homes.  Wifey has a realtor she is working with and she will be in Kitchener in early July to start work and will be able to look more in person.

Should we be avoiding any of these  communities?

I don't think there's anything on that list to avoid.   In Kitchener, my preference from your list would be Forest Heights (or Forest Hill if you're willing to go older), Stanley Park, and Country Hills, in that order.   You've probably already noticed that you pay a premium for equivalent houses in Waterloo over Kitchener.  Kitchener taxes are also lower than those in Waterloo.  The new subdivisions in Breslau seem nice, but it's a "full car-dependent" kind of place.

If you haven't already seen it, and I'm not sure where to find it, there is a list on-line ranking primary schools in K and W, so you might like to look at that in the context of the neighbourhoods you're considering.

Yeah, I can't remember what it's called, but we've been looking at that ranking.  The schools in Laurelwood seem to rank best, but we can't afford to get what we want for a house in that area  :Smile   Coming from a smaller city, we have gotten used to mature trees and we currently have a HUGE lot (18,000 square feet with an inground pool).   I know we won't be replacing that in KW, at least not within our budget, but we would at least like a decent size yard and some mature trees.  So that draws us to the older, more mature communities.
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(05-19-2016, 08:33 AM)Spokes Wrote:
(05-19-2016, 12:17 AM)Cartcanuck Wrote: My wife's office will be in Kitchener and we have been looking at homes in both Kitchener and Waterloo.  

So far the areas we seem most drawn to are Waterloo: Beechwood and Westvale, and Kitchener: Forest Heights, Country Hills, or maybe Stanley Park areas.. The top end of our house budget is $400k and we appreciate the areas with mature trees and yards.    We have even seen some homes in the Chicopee and Breslau areas that look nice.  But so far it's been online shopping for homes.  Wifey has a realtor she is working with and she will be in Kitchener in early July to start work and will be able to look more in person.

Should we be avoiding any of these  communities?

I live in Forest Heights and absolutely love the area.  I recommend it 100%

If you're looking to top out at $400k, that might be your best bet.  I don't know how much you can get in Beachwood for that price.

Are you looking for something newer/older or doesn't matter?  I'm near Fisher Hallman and Victoria and that neighbourhood was built in the early 90s.  On the other side of Highland for example my friend owns a home that was built in the mid 70s.  Depends what you're looking for.

Awesome, good to hear a good review for Forest Heights.  

We're not picky on age, but we want some mature trees in the yard and neighborhood.  That usually means 20-30 years old or older.  We aren't into the newer communities with postage stamp size lots (within our price range anyway).  We had been looking in the Millen Woods area, but anything with a yard and trees like we wanted was quite a bit out of our range.  So a middle aged (just like me!!) updated home would be just fine.
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