After World War II, there was a boom in housing requirements in the real estate market.

Starting in the 1950’s the brick bungalow started to appear on the streets of the new suburban Guelph. At the time, these were cheap, functional homes.

Now, it seems people ask “Do you have any bungalows for sale?” on almost a daily basis.

These homes would appear in Guelph mostly between 1952- 1965. Some were on busier streets, some were on a quiet cul-de-sac.

Ultimately, these homes provide a lovely family home in the a relatively affordable price range.

Layouts of bungalows

Let’s talk a little bit more about the layouts. This article from HGTV gives key features that you’ll find on most bungalows for sale in Guelph these days.

In today’s market, you’ll find some bungalows with modern features like an updated main floor, we’ve seen some outstanding open concept designs and even some with a lovely front porch.

One of many similar-sized houses in the neighbourhood 

It may look different now 70 years later, but originally these homes had a cookie cutter feel in their neighbourhood. Post-war detached bungalows sale in Guelph are probably in a 1km radius of the downtown core and University of Guelph. Sometimes even on a 0.5 acre lot.

They’re mostly within walking distance of most grocery stores, family-oriented neighborhood of Guelph, Guelph Central station, the Sleeman Centre and everything Guelph has to offer.

There are some exceptions though such as this ranch bungalow we listed. Ranch bungalows mean that the bedrooms are on one end, with the rest of the living space on the other

Small living space

Of course, there are exceptions, but frequently, these are smaller homes. A “custom bungalow” was an option but even then the “custom” had limited options.

Bungalows for sale in Guelph are likely three bedrooms, however 2 and 4 bedroom bungalow models were build. In most cases, they are a one bath bungalow. These are typically between  900- 1100 sq ft of living space above grade with an identical unfinished basement square feet.

Picture windows

A picture window at the front of the home provides a view of the front street. This is usually the living room or family room.

Kitchen facing the backyard

The kitchen typically has a window allowing for a view of the backyard. In larger 3-4 bedroom models, there was also a small dining room.

Second exterior door

Aside from the front door, larger models have a door to the backyard from the kitchen area. However, in most cases the second exterior door was at the side of the house.

Garages 

Interestingly, garages were found on earlier post war bungalows, but rarely were attached to the house.

You are most likely to find a completely detached garage, a carport or no garage at all. Later, middle income families were building bungalows with an attached garage

In other cases, open air carports were enclosed to make a fully attached garage.

Most of these homes had 3/8″ oak slat hardwood floors and if you’re lucky, they were buried under carpet and protected for decades. We seem gleaming hardwood a lot still!

Versatility in bungalow uses

As early as 2018, as real estate professionals Ryan was calling out the incredible opportunity in bungalows for sale in Guelph. And at that time you could easily purchase one for under $500,000. There’s no chance of that now, but we’ll get into pricing later.

Part of the reason for the significant increase in value is the incredible versatility. And when a house appeals to so many people and demand is high, so are the prices. 

Let’s look at a few of the potential uses:

Single family home 

The most common and traditional use. The original intent was for families with a single level. The great part about this is that there is a whole lower level. You could finish this for additional living space, extra bedrooms, a home office, or a hangout spot for teenagers.

Downsizing

We find that many buyers of bungalows for sale in Guelph during the years these bungalows are built! Older generations who raised a family in a two storey, larger home now want to downsize. 

And, there is often nostalgia with this demographic to move into their childhood style home. The one level living mitigates having to climb stairs to access a washroom or kitchen

Duplex

As housing prices have risen, creating an accessory apartment, multi bedroom home or duplex has become popular (or necessary).

Due to the common occurance of a side door entrance, investors like this. Many investors have been successful in creating legal two unit homes via this doorway. With Guelph real estate prices rising rapidly, many buyers need the extra income that a secondary legal unit would provide. 

Investors are also renting out both the upstairs and downstairs units. This creates a turnkey two unit investment property by maximing space. And, with rentals in Guelph being extremely expensive, this option is welcome as it increases rental supply in the market.

First time buyers

What options do first time buyers have if they want a buy a house? The most affordable is a bungalow. Many of our first time buyer clients love the idea of a small detached home in a family friendly neighbourhood. In fact, some buyers are getting into the house hacking trend of additional income. 

Although costly to create in some cases, this is a long term strategy. As a result, it provides income for the foreseeable future and increases the property value for resale.

bungalow with detached garageBeautifully appointed bungalow in Exhibition Park with detached garage

Considering buying a bungalow?

Been to an open house and see a bungalow you like? Cruising the real estate listings and curious about the unexpected features of a bungalow?

They’re the perfect home! If you’re looking at bungalows for sale in Guelph and need a helping hand, our team can help. Not every bungalow ends up on a listing service and sometimes we hear of bungalows off line. Using a Guelph realtor for this purchase is key to ensure quality of services! We know the right areas, prices and what to look out for. Get in touch!

*Use of REALTOR and REALTORS and associated logos are trademarks MLS Member of The Canadian Real Estate Association (members of CREA).