The Village by the Arboretum is a quiet neighbourhood nestled off Stone Road in Guelph’s South end. Neat and tidy homes rest along tree-lined streets in this tranquil part of our city. What really stands out in this pretty neighbourhood though, is the presence of community. More than a quaint name for a neighbourhood, “The Village” lives up to that title for the people who live there.
“This is a very caring community, where we all look after each other and help each other out, even with simple things like making soup or take out the garbage for a neighbour,” one resident told us recently.
Developed specifically for the needs of Guelph’s 55+ citizens, The Village welcomed its first homeowners 25 years ago. It is a carefully planned community offering single family homes, townhomes and condominiums with amenities to meet the needs of its residents. A medical centre, spa and general store also call The Village home. Most notable is a community centre that is a hub for an impressive number of clubs and activities.
While buildings, trees and streets make-up the bones of a community, we all know that the heart of that community is made by those who live there. We chatted with a few of the people we’ve helped purchase homes in The Village to find out how they feel about their neighbourhood and why they chose to live in this special part of Guelph.
“We chose the village for two main reasons: To be closer to our grandchildren and for the multitude of activities that the Arboretum offers, of which we have taken advantage of. We have been welcomed with open arms in the condos and at the recreational activities,” a happy, active couple shared with us.
The Village offers an array of activities for residents to join, covering the arts, fitness, sport and games as well as quieter leisure activities like a book club and bible study group. Social get togethers are planned regularly, but quiet places are also always welcoming in the library or café.
“We are so happy and contented here. In the few months since we moved in, we’ve already made some great friends and enjoyed social times at the Village Center. We go swimming at the indoor pool and enjoy walking on the many pathways and routes available,” commented one couple who recently moved to The Village. “Rarely do you go out through the “Village” without bumping into at least one or two people with a cheery “good morning” or “lovely day”.
Everyone we know who lives there, agree that The Village By The Arboretum is a special gem for seniors in our lively city. We love to show it off to people who are considering a move to a community suited to retirement living. Give us a call to find out more about owning a home in The Village within the city.