Vancouver Magazine's annual ranking of the The 10 Best Neighbourhoods in Vancouver provides a valuble resource for first time home Buyers looking to buy a home in Vancouver. For many first time home Buyers in Vancouver, purchasing a condo or apartment is the only viable options for them. To assist First Time Home Buyers in their search for condos, this pages also provide list of condos for sale in each of the neighbourhood.
The ranking used many criterias including: Lots of good restaurants and cafés, Great for biking, walking or transit, Plenty of green space, Low crime, Long-term residents, A mix of owners and renters, Affordable, Ethnically diverse, Educated and civically engaged neighbours.
#1: The West End - Click here to see the list of West End Condos for Sale
READ: Why the West End Topped Our Livability Index
The Vibe: Friendly beachside hangout
Average Monthly Rent: $1,287
Average Home Price: $635,738
Neighbourhood Dream Day: Hit up Score for out-of-control Caesars; the seawall for dodging rollerbladers and taking in the ocean views; Maple Leaf Bakery for giant apple fritters.
Locals Say: “You’ll never feel unwelcome or out of place here. It’s a cute residential neighbourhood in the middle of downtown, next to a beach so beautiful they called it ‘Sunset.’ Eat it, every other neighbourhood.” —Caitlin Howden, 35, director at Blind Tiger Comedy and member of the Sunday Service
#2: Chinatown - Click here to see the list of Chinatown Condos for Sale
The Vibe: Heritage blended with hipsterdom
Average Monthly Rent: $741
Average Home Price: $583,725
Neighbourhood Dream Day: Japanese-Italian fusion at the always-busy Kissa Tanto; the best barbecue buns at New Town; east- side-cool workouts at Tight Club.
Locals Say: “One side of my family originally settled here when they arrived in Canada. The other side owned one of the first Chinese restaurants in Vancouver; if it were still standing, it would be only a few blocks from my apartment.”—Geoff Louie, 29, accountant
#3: South Granville - Click here to see the list of South Granville Condos for Sale
The Vibe: High-end shopping plus charming heritage low-rises
Average Monthly Rent: $1,363
Average Home Price: $804,606
Neighbourhood Dream Day: Grab chi-chi drinks at West, then fulfill your reno fantasies at the dozen home decor shops that line the SoGra strip.
Locals Say: “It’s my favourite area to stroll on a sunny day. It’s full of beautiful pre-war apartment buildings, and there are always neighbourhood dogs to say hello to. Plus, the wild mushroom gnudi at Fiore on 12th are delicious little pillows from heaven.”—Sally White, 31, creative director at Owl Crate Jr.
#4: Fairview - Click here to see the list of Fairview Condos for Sale
The Vibe: Sleepy—but just a short walk away from action in any direction
Average Monthly Rent: $1,279
Average Home Price: $684,255
Neighbourhood Dream Day: Coffee at Elysian before a workout at Gymbox—gotta be fit to climb that Oak Street hill.
Locals Say: “The Laurel Street land bridge starts on the corner of West 7th Avenue and crosses over 6th Avenue. I love that you don’t really know when you’re on it—it’s a really beautiful example of landscape integration.”—Marianne Amodio, 46, architect
#5: Downtown - Click here to see the list of Downtown Condos for Sale
The Vibe: Big-city bustle
Average Monthly Rent: $1,692
Average Home Price: $785,058
Neighbourhood Dream Day: Shop-hop Robson’s swanky brand-name stores and get lost in the Holt Renfrew Beauty Hall; peruse the food truck options outside the Vancouver Art Gallery as carefully as the art inside.
Locals Say: “The food court at International Village is surprisingly wonderful, especially Bali Thai and Canra Sri Lankan, and you can buy literally everything you need at Yokoyaya. But I would recommend never going to Jam Cafe because there is no brunch in the world worth that lineup.”—Michelle Cyca, 30, writer
#6: Gastown - Click here to see the list of Gastown Condos for Sale
The Vibe: Techies and tourists collide on boutique-lined cobblestone streets
Average Monthly Rent: $914
Average Home Price: $644,599
Neighbourhood Dream Day: Work your way through the 50 beers on the menu at the Alibi Room; stock up on fashion basics at Frank and Oak.
Locals Say: “I live and work in Gastown, so I basically never leave. In the afternoon, I like to head over to Crab Park with friends for a barbecue and soak up the sun; it’s not uncommon to see something unexpected, from an interpretive dance performance to a brass band on parade.”—Kristyn Stilling, 37, film producer
#7: Yaletown - Click here to see the list of Yaletown Condos for Sale
The Vibe: West Coast yuppie paradise
Average Monthly Rent: $1,910
Average Home Price: $1,095,068
Neighbourhood Dream Day: Early morning SoulCycle sweat sessions; scones at Small Victory; vodka tonics at the Distillery Bar and Kitchen.
Locals Say: “Being a first-time mom actually means I can only do one or two things out of the house a day, but spreading doggie play dates at Coopers’ Park and Hurricane Grill patio brunches throughout the week makes it a great place to live.”—Deirdré Fang, 30, standardized-patient trainer
#8: Coal Harbour - Click here to see the list of Coal Harbour Condos for Sale
The Vibe: Polished and serene
Average Monthly Rent: $1,823
Average Home: $1,358,013
Neighbourhood Dream Day: Cycle the seawall to earn that hot chocolate from Mink.
Locals Say: “It’s the best location for North Shore mountain views and seaplane watching, with easy access to the West End, downtown, Stanley Park and the North Shore.”—Maureen Leyland, 62, retired lawyer
#9: Railtown - Click here to see the list of Railtown Condos for Sale
The Vibe: Gritty and up-and-coming
Average Monthly Rent: $560
Average Home Price: $679,218
Neighbourhood Dream Day: The Settlement Building is home to Postmark Brewing and excellent brunch spot Belgard Kitchen; find modern Québecois cuisine at the buzzy St. Lawrence and handcrafted furniture from Hinterland Design.
Locals Say: “Railtown still feels very quiet and removed from the city, even if it’s just blocks away. Once people come here, they often stay.” —Kate Horsman, nutritionist at Rebel Health
#10: Kitsilano - Click here to see the list of Kitsilano Condos for Sale
The Vibe: Chill but connected
Average Monthly Rent: $1,512
Average Home Price: $1,277,759
Neighbourhood Dream Day: Snag a spot on Darby’s second-floor patio—with views for miles—on a sunny day; the beach and Arbutus Greenway offer a little nature escape from the city.
Locals Say: “Walk down to 4th for breakfast pizza at Nook, hop on the bikes, cruise the Greenway, end up down at the Kits dog beach—it’s all the perks of a regular beach, plus cute dogs.”—Colin Sharp, 28, copywriter