What a Cool $1 Million Buys

We combed the province for markets where close to a seven-figure investment will land you a home that truly looks and feels like a million bucks, where you can live large enjoying the beauty and amenities of surrounding communities.

By Right Sizing Staff 

This east coast, central Vancouver Island community has a population of approximately 25,000. It’s an innovative and growing city and the cultural and urban hub of the surrounding Comox Valley. Recent listing: This stunning three-bedroom, three-bathroom rancher located in the desirable Hampton Gate at Crown Isle Golf Resort features 11-foot ceilings with an open floor plan, gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops, bonus room and shiplap feature walls. MLS®461835. $929,900.


Port Alberni
Centrally located on the west side of Vancouver Island, this spot is the Salmon Capital of the World as well as the birthplace of Canada’s first female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell. Recent listing: This rare four-bedroom, three-bathroom Sproat Lake property has 180 feet of water frontage, separate three-bay storage area and a greenhouse and garden area, with beautiful mountain and lake views. (property no longer available). $1,075,000.



Prince George
The largest city in northern B.C. with a population of 74,000 people, Prince George is an affordable place live, work and play as a result of well-paying jobs, extensive infrastructure and unparalleled access to outdoor recreation. Recent listing: This four-bedroom, four-bathroom waterfront home includes a seven-piece modern spa ensuite, custom millwork, games room, boat launch, professionally built workshop and landscaping. MLS®R2405688. $1,175,000.


Halfmoon Bay
In this Sunshine Coast community with a population of approximaty 2,800, locals enjoy hiking to Smugglers Cove, boating and paddleboarding at Coopers Green and getting some R&R. Recent listing: Wake up to stunning ocean views from this three-level, four-bedroom, four-bathroom home only one block from the ocean. Comes with a large kitchen, wine room, rooftop hot tub, wraparound deck and a bright lower level in-law suite. (property no longer available). $1,150,000.


The Capital City is a mix of beautiful Victorian architecture and spectacular parkland, green spaces and parks, including the renowned Butchart Gardens. Recent listing: This custom-built four-bedroom, four-bathroom home with main floor master and spa-inspired ensuite is located in the Olympic View area, within walking distance to Royal Bay Beach Park, Olympic View Golf Course and hiking trails. MLS®416971. $1,099,900.



Just a three-hour drive from Vancouver and 1.5 hours from Kelowna, with a population of 7,000, Merritt gives you that small town feel, but comes with all the amenities of a bigger town. Recent listing: Live the perfect rural life in this two-bedroom, two-bathroom-plus-den rancher on more than six acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, fenced for horses, with a workshop and an irrigation pond with geese. (property no longer available). $1,050,000.


The largest municipality in the province outside Metro Vancouver is an affordable, growing city rich in economic development, facilitated by institutions like the Abbotsford International Airport, TRADEX and the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre. Recent listing: Live in this six-bedroom, four-bathroom rancher with a permitted basement suite. This property is located in The Highlands in East Abbotsford, close to all amenities, hiking and biking with beautiful mountain and valley views. (property no longer available). $925,000.


Situated between Shuswap Lake and Mara Lake at the northern end of the Okanagan Valley, you’ll enjoy summer life on the water while taking in the gorgeous natural surroundings. Recent listing: This custom built four-bedroom, four-bathroom home situated in Bayview Estates overlooking Mara Lake come with four walkouts to private patios and some of the best views in Sicamous. MLS®10186420. $886,000.



As the northern hub of the Okanagan Valley, the active year-round community for people of all ages is poised for growth and development, and has become attractive to young families due to its affordability and opportunities. Recent listing: Here’s a perfect opportunity to live in a contemporary-styled three-bedroom, four-bathroom home located in the vibrant Predator Ridge community, surrounded by world-class resort-style amenities, including golf and a renowned spa at the adjacent property. MLS®10190280. $935,000.


The heart of the Okanagan Valley provides an affordable, family-friendly, all-season city in which to live. Enjoy water recreation in the summer and winter adventure at Big White Ski Resort. Recent listing: Live in Kelowna’s prestigious Wilden community surrounded by stunning nature and views. This high-end four-bedroom, three-bedroom home comes with an open plan, a second living room, potential for a permitted basement suite and the opportunity to make modifications to builder plans. $949,000.


Just an hour-and-a-half drive from downtown Calgary and five minutes from Banff National Park’s east gate, enjoy dining, shopping and outdoor recreation surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Recent listing: A luxurious property in one of Canmore’s most sought after neighbourhoods, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home includes 360-degree views, a master bedroom with spa ensuite on the main level, a chef’s kitchen and plenty of garage and storage space for recreational toys. MLS®C4263267. $1,174,950.


This small community five minutes south of Invermere in the Regional District of East Kootenay attracts residents with ample boating, swimming, fishing, hang-gliding and golf opportunities. Recent listing: This private, rustic four-bedroom, four-bathroom home features vaulted ceilings, hardwood and slate floors, a stone fireplace, custom woodwork and stunning views that make the space perfect for hosting the entire family. (property no longer available). $1,090,000.


This south central Okanagan town is known for 2,100 hours of sunshine per year, adjacency to two beautiful lakes, more than 40 wineries and daily flights to Calgary and Vancouver, just to name a few perks. Recent listing: This modern three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home overlooking Skaha Lake, from Skaha Hills, was built for luxury living, with features including resort-style amenities, access to hiking and biking trails and expansive lake and valley views. MLS®547266. $919,000.