Vancouver & Lower Mainland Houses For Sale & MLS Real Estate Listings
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About Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver, British Columbia, is regarded as one of the most desirable and popular cities in the world for real estate investments, on a similar level to other notably beautiful and on-demand cities such as San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Sydney. Surrounded by scenic mountains and stunning ocean views, it offers an appealing blend of convenience, entertainment, and green space.
Vancouver is the most populous city in British Columbia. There are 600,000 people living in the city itself, and nearly two and a half million individuals live in the Greater Vancouver Area. That makes it the third biggest population center in the country, after Toronto and Montreal. Vancouver is widely known for its linguistic and ethnic diversity, with around half of Vancouver’s residents being members of visible minority groups and around half of the city’s residents speaking a first language that isn’t English or French.
Frequently, Vancouver makes lists of the world’s most livable cities based on access to amenities, hospitable settings, and sense of community. At the same time, it also often appears on lists of the most expensive cities, as the cost of real estate tends to outpace the average wages significantly. Vancouver is also known for its environmentalism, tourism opportunities, and frequent setting for movie productions, leading to its nickname of “Hollywood North.”
Beyond Vancouver, the Lower Mainland region is a loose term that refers to all the communities from Horseshoe Bay on the western tip of the Trans-Canada Highway to the Canada-US Border in the south. The Lower Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver are where you’ll find many of the Lower Mainland’s biggest population centers, including Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Langley, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, and Surrey. The Upper Fraser Valley is home to outdoor recreation destinations, including Cultus Lake near Chilliwack and Harrison Hot Springs. The Central Fraser Valley is home to the cities of Abbotsford and Mission, in addition to many smaller communities.
As a large and varied geographical area, the real estate investment opportunities are endless in the Lower Mainland, whether you’re looking for a home in a rural area or somewhere urban. The region’s reputation for being one of Canada's best places to live is warranted, and there may be no more exciting market for real estate investments.
Vancouver & the Lower Mainland Weather
The Lower Mainland is a consistent ecoregion characterized by a mild climate that rarely sees freezing temperatures. In the summer months, temperatures hover in the high teens to low twenties on average, extending into the low thirties only once in a while. The average temperatures tend to stick to the mid-single digits during the winter. The region has a moderate oceanic climate, which means summers are relatively dry and sunny, while winters are foggy and damp.
Snow is relatively uncommon at lower elevations in the Lower Mainland, but snowy days become increasingly common at higher elevations. The mild climate of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland region is attributed by the North Pacific Current—a warm water stream that flows between the coasts of Canada and Japan—and the Vancouver Island Mountain Ranges.
Vancouver & the Lower Mainland Real Estate
Across the Lower Mainland, demand for property has been high in recent years, and the inventory of available properties has been low, creating a competitive situation for real estate investors. The city of Vancouver has around 300,000 total dwellings, with more than half of this number consisting of apartment buildings. The next most popular housing style is duplexes and semi-detached homes. Fewer than fifteen percent of the homes in Vancouver are single detached homes, and these properties, in particular, carry a premium price tag.
Vancouver has several attractive neighbourhoods that real estate investors will be drawn to. The Cambie neighbourhood is a growing, up-and-coming neighbourhood that has seen significant developments in recent years and offers beautiful views of Downtown and the North Shore Mountains. Coal Harbour is an affluent part of Vancouver, featuring many newly built condos, home to many of the city’s high-end waterfront units. Fairview is home to plenty of lower residential buildings that offer great Downtown and False Creek views, popular with professionals and young couples who desire a mix of convenience and charm. Hastings Sunrise is an increasingly popular part of Vancouver that blends relative affordability with its great location and abundance of green space. Of course, these neighbourhoods are just the tip of the iceberg for excellent neighbourhoods in Vancouver.
Vancouver's high cost of real estate often sends real estate investors looking for areas slightly outside the city limits where prices are a little lower. At the same time, the convenience and standard of living remain high. Abbotsford is a predominantly agricultural area that, in addition to plenty of attractive residential real estate options, is known for its opportunities in commercial real estate. The drive from Abbotsford to Vancouver takes around an hour when traffic isn’t too bad, making it a doable commute.
Some of the lowest house prices in the Lower Mainland can be found in the growing city of Langley. Coquitlam is known as a solid bedroom community because commute times to Vancouver are reasonably short and don’t involve bridge traffic. The recently-built Evergreen Skytrain line makes transportation between Coquitlam and Vancouver even easier, furthering its appeal. Other popular choices when it comes to investing in more affordable single-family homes in the Lower Mainland include the cities of Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, and Delta.
Things to Do in Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Explore Stanley Park
In Vancouver, the beautiful scenery is endless, and even a casual stroll down the street to the supermarket is likely to produce an inspiring view. One of Vancouver’s top attractions and maybe the best place to embrace the city’s beauty is Stanley Park. Stanley Park is a vast green oasis that many Vancouverites make a part of their daily routine as a place to walk, run, or bike along the historic Seawall. Stanley Park is home to an outdoor stage where exciting concerts are typical. There are plenty of trails, long beaches, wildlife, and historical landmarks. Spending time in Stanley Park is a classic Vancouver pastime for both locals and visitors.
Spend Some Time on Granville Island
Another iconic Vancouver landmark is Granville Island, an artistic market space home to eclectic shops, cute cafes, and a food market that features plenty of interesting drinks and snacks. Particularly on sunny days, it’s delightful to wander through the market’s shops and boutiques, taking in the views of the Burrard Inlet. If you’re interested in the history of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, there are also plenty of informational opportunities to engage in on Granville Island that will colour your understanding of your local surroundings. The Aquabus water taxi that connects Granville Island to Vancouver is another fun and convenient activity.
Browse the Richmond Night Market
A great way to embrace the cultural diversity of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland is by heading to the Richmond Night Market—the biggest night market on the continent, with more than a million yearly visitors. The night market runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and offers unique shopping opportunities, experiencing Asian cultures, and eating unbelievable food.