Vancouver is vibrant seaport city located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As one of the largest and most prosperous economies in the nation, this cosmopolitan city consistently stands out as one of the best places to live in the world and features a strong real estate market. Homebuyers will find that Vancouver homes tend to be more upmarket, though a variety of choice exists amongst the distinct neighborhoods that encompass the city.
Play. Vancouver is a bustling metropolis that has much to offer in terms of arts and culture. With an avid appreciation for theatre and performing arts, Vancouver is home to the majestic concert hall, The Orpheum, as well as The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, which together host a wealth of high quality performances. The city also brings the community together with its array of festivals, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and the Vancouver Fringe Festival, just to name a few. In terms of music, Vancouver proudly lays claim to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, and a seemingly infinite amount of local music.
For more active entertainment, locals have access to over 220 parks and gardens which account for 11% of the land in Vancouver. Vancouver contains almost 1,300 hectares of parkland, with Stanley Park being the largest. Circling Stanley Park and beyond, the waterfront Seawall path offers a scenic 22 kilometre route for walkers and cyclists. Water sports abound along the Pacific with almost 18 kilometres of beachfront to enjoy. There are multiple ski areas located just outside the downtown area in the North Shore Mountains, which also provides for mountain biking and white water rafting adventure.
Work. As the largest and most diverse urban economy in the region, Vancouver offers a strong and stable job market, with some of the largest employers being TELUS Corporation, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences, and many more. Vancouver boasts a powerful economy that is bolstered even further by its advantageous location between Asia and the United States. Being the closest North American port to Asia, Vancouver is vital destination for international commerce and trade. The ongoing operation of Port Metro Vancouver generates over 98,000 jobs and contributes more than $6 billion in wages. Offering a wealth of job and economic opportunities, Vancouver continues to support a healthy real estate market.
Live. Covering over 114 square kilometres of land, Vancouver has a 23 distinct neighbourhoods, each offering its own unique housing and lifestyle options from singles to families to seniors. For beachfront and water view properties, Vancouver offers some of the most unique selections of homes in the popular Kitsilano and Point Grey areas. For heritage homes, there are a number of historic neighbourhoods that surround the downtown core such as Strathcona and Gastown. Downtown offers a number of high rise condos, with luxury high rise and townhome options in Coal Harbour. For exclusive properties in the more upscale residential neighbourhoods, you can find an assortment of fine homes in Arbutus Ridge, Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale. For rental property investments, you can find a strong real estate market near the University of British Columbia (UBC) with its steady flow of tenants who are either enrolled in or employed by the university. Next to UBC, you will find the prestigious Dunbar and Southlands neighbourhoods, which contains everything from luxury estates to equestrian farms. Traditionally, neighbourhoods on the East End offer a more affordable selection.