Half a million will get you far in B.C.’s luxury condo market in some of the province’s gorgeous smaller cities and towns.
By Right Sizing Staff
Prince George is the largest city in northern B.C., with a population of just over 74,000 in the metropolitan area, and an economy growing at nearly double the rate of the rest of the province. Recent listing: Here’s an opportunity to own a brand new two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in the high-end Park House development: a bright corner unit offers in-floor heating, air conditioning and a patio overlooking the landscaped courtyard. MLS®R2592847. $449,900.
The village of Pemberton is a 25-minute drive north of Whistler Blackcomb Resort, nestled at the foot of Mount Currie. Pemberton has all-season recreation, from snowboarding and skiing to rafting and gliding. Recent listing: This energy-efficient two-bedroom, one-bathroom end unit promises easy breathing with its Fresh Air System, plus views of Mount Currie from the master bedroom, with your own garden space and amenities within walking distance. MLS®R2597967. $539,000.
The City of Langley, located less than an hour’s drive east of Vancouver, is one of the most active industrial and commercial service land bases in the Lower Mainland. Recent listing: Latimer Heights is a sophisticated collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom condos with nine-foot ceilings, distinctive culinary kitchens and luxury bathrooms. It’s ideally situated near Highway 1, with all amenities nearby and a short walk to a major bus exchange. Watch for an offering this fall. vestaproperties.com
With a growing population, nearing 100,000, Kamloops is the second-largest city in the B.C. Interior, located at the crossroads of the Coquihalla Highway, Yellowhead Highway and the Trans-Canada Highway. Recent listing: This brand new two-bedroom, two-bathroom, southeast-facing corner penthouse on the Thompson Rivers University campus features vinyl plank flooring, quartz countertops, a gas stove, ductless air conditing–and it allows for pets and rentals. $539,900. liveatrockcliffe.ca
Kelowna is the economic heart of the Central Okanagan, with an increasingly young population, an under-35 set that’s growing at twice the Canadian average rate. Recent listing: Green Square is the ultimate in urban living, located in Kelowna’s Lower Misson neighbourhood. This upcoming (completion in late 2022) modern two-bedroom, two-bathroom comes with an indoor/outdoor space for entertaining guests. $489,000. greensquare.ca/homes
This mountain jewel is situated between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains and is the setting for B.C.’s largest municipal park, Kimberley Nature Park–twice the size of Stanley Park in Vancouver. Recent listing: Invest in the heart of Kimberley’s four-season playground with this three-bedroom, three-bathroom top floor corner unit featuring well-appointed alpine decor, open-concept entertaining, heated storage and plenty of green space. MLS®2459826. $449,000.
The city of Nelson is located in the West Kootenay region, halfway between Calgary and Vancouver, with a downtown that’s a collection of 350 charming heritage buildings, a fully restored and operating streetcar and a thriving arts community. Recent listing: This spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom ground-floor corner unit is just over 1,000 square feet and features open-concept living, in-suite storage, a balcony and views of the lake and Nelson’s beloved bridge. MLS®2459749. $550,000.
Sechelt is a seaside gem on B.C.’s beautiful lower Sunshine Coast, growing due to the advantages of life in a smaller community paired with easy access to the Vancouver area. Recent listing: A top-floor corner one-bedroom unit in a well-maintained concrete waterfront building allows you to enjoy amenities across the street, strolls along the beach and stunning sunrises and sunsets from your enclosed balcony. MLS®R2602643. $449,000.
The heart of this Sunshine Coast community has been its scenic working harbour, but it’s transitioning from a fishing and forestry base to a more diverse economy with construction trades, business services, retail and tourism. Recent listing: A rare one-bedroom-plus-den garden suite in the prestigious Eagleview Heights development features an outdoor pool and a hot tub along with panoramic views of the ocean, islands and mountains. $525,000. eagleviewheights.com
Port Alberni, surrounded by beautiful forests, mountains, ocean inlets and freshwater lakes, has some of the most affordable housing and real estate on Vancouver Island. Recent listing: Sophisticated three-bedroom, two-bathroom condominiums situated in the multi-family Park Ridge development feature open-concept floorplans, high ceilings, modern appliances, two-car garages and expansive views. MLS®872361.$499,900.
Langford is the fastest-growing city on Vancouver Island, attracting residents from Greater Victoria, the Lower Mainland and Alberta for its housing developments, affordability, amenities and year-round moderate climate. Recent listing: This modern two-bedroom, two-bathroom south-facing condo located in the heart of Langford features nine-foot ceilings, a premium kitchen, a covered balcony plus the building’s fitness centre, bike storage and one secure parking spot pre-wired for an electric vehicle plug-in. (property no longer available). $499,900.