Houses for Sale in Vernon, BC
Search all Vernon Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. Vernon is a small city that’s a hub for the North Okanagan area of British Columbia. Located in the scenic Okanagan Valley, three beautiful lakes surround Vernon's city: Okanagan Lake, Swan Lake, and Kalamalka Lake.
Given the city’s excellent weather and the abundance of outdoor activities to be had in the area, it’s a perfect destination for those looking to live an active life in a laid-back community. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever new Vernon properties come on the market.
Vernon Real Estate Market
In Vernon, the cost of real estate trends is lower than in nearby cities, including Kelowna and Penticton. In Vernon, the housing supply is a nearly split mix of single detached homes, townhouses, and apartments.
One popular neighbourhood in Vernon is Bella Vista, which offers many affordable single-family homes with lake views. Several notable developments in Bella Vista, including The Rise, a new golf club that offers some fantastic views of Okanagan Lake below. In The Rise, available real estate investment options come in the form of attractive townhomes and large, luxury properties.
East Hill is a popular family area in the city and is one of Vernon's largest and oldest neighbourhoods. It offers the opportunity to buy unique heritage homes and large family homes built during the 1960s and 1970s that carry affordable price tags. This neighbourhood has plenty of parks and green space, and it’s a short walk from Downtown Vernon, giving it a solid mix of safety and convenience.
About Vernon, BC
Vernon is well-known as being a city that offers a balance of convenient amenities with rugged natural attractions. In the summer months, locals and tourists alike flock to the many lakes and beaches. In the wintertime, there are major skiing destinations in the area. Vernon also offers excellent golfing and tennis opportunities, with well-maintained facilities set against impressive views.
An attractive feature of Vernon is that it is surprisingly well-situated. It’s only forty-five minutes by car to the much larger city of Kelowna, and you can get to Vancouver by car in around five hours. When you combine Vernon’s affordability with the lifestyle opportunities it offers, it’s clear that this small city is an excellent choice for young families, retirees, and everyone in between.
Getting to Vernon
Vernon is conveniently located right on three provincial highways. BC Highway 97 connects Vernon to surrounding areas from north to south. On Highway 97, it’s an hour and a half north to get to Kamloops, or under an hour south to get to Kelowna, and Highway 97a connects Vernon to smaller nearby communities. Highway 6 follows the Slocan River, east to west.
Vernon has a small airport and doesn’t have scheduled flights, mainly offering private plane services. For plenty of local flight options, it’s a short drive to Canada’s 10th busiest airport, Kelowna International Airport. There are frequent flights to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, and Toronto, and fewer regular flights to international destinations in the United States and Mexico.
Vernon’s incredible weather is a large part of making it an attractive destination for outdoor enthusiasts and recreational athletes. Summers are warm but not nearly as hot as other cities in British Columbia’s interior. In July and August, the daily high temperatures usually max out in the mid-twenties.
There isn’t too much rain in Vernon, and it’s spread out fairly evenly across the whole year, unlike some communities near the province's coast, where it rains more days than not in winter months. During winters in Vernon, temperatures tend to hover around freezing, and December and January see a fair amount of snow.
In Vernon, there’s a strong sense of community pride, and there are several festivals each year where residents celebrate the unique characteristics that the city has to offer. The Vernon Winter Carnival has existed since the 1960s and has grown to be one of the biggest winter festivals in the country. It stretches over ten days and offers more than a hundred winter-themed events for families to enjoy.
There’s Sunshine Fest in the summertime, an annual festival with entertainment, live music, food trucks, and arts and crafts. Vernon also has two excellent performing arts centres, a thriving film society, and the Vernon Community Arts Centre, which offers classes and workshops for kids and adults.
Public education in Vernon is provided by School District 22, which also offers schools in the nearby communities of Lumby and Goldstream. There are five high schools and fourteen elementary schools to choose from in the Vernon area. Vernon also has a few private school options, including Vernon Christian School, with an elementary and high school campus.
For postsecondary education, Okanagan College has a campus in Vernon that offers several programs. A popular option for college-aged Vernon residents is to begin their postsecondary career at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus before transferring to Kelowna to finish off their degree.
Vernon Health Care
Health care services are provided to Vernon residents by Interior Health, which operates the area's hospitals, health centres, and other health services. Around 70,000 people fall within the Vernon Local Health Area, served by about 110 family doctors.
Vernon Jubilee Hospital is a mid-sized regional hospital with 182 beds and offers acute and emergency services and a wide range of other services that include psychiatry, maternity services, surgery and medicine, and more. There are two residential care centres in Vernon offering assistance to those who need complex care.
Things to Do in Vernon
The Okanagan Valley is one of the country’s top destinations for wine, and there may be no better way to connect to the community and enjoy the surrounding landscapes than by heading out on a wine tour. Cheers Okanagan Tours offers curated full-day, half-day, and multi-day tours that showcase some excellent lesser-known wineries in the area.
A charming way to spend an afternoon in Vernon is to head to Davison Orchards Country Village. There, amidst quaint, old-fashioned storefronts, you’ll find excellent homemade food, fresh local fruit, and plenty of fun for kids.
If you’re keen to hit the slopes, you’ll be thrilled by the runs and amenities at Silverstar. Silverstar holds the distinction of being one of the oldest ski resorts in the country, and over the years, it has grown from a local ski hill into a top-notch alpine sports destination.
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