If you like living in Canada but harsh, freezing, Canadian winters are not your thing, you should definitely rent to own a home in Vancouver. This eco-friendly city offers warm, sunny summers and mild, rainy “cold” days.
How is life in Vancouver?
Vancouver is home to a lot of industries and has one of Canada’s most prosperous economies. It is ethnically diverse and ranks in the top three of the world’s most liveable cities. One of its major benefits is that it offers the cleanest air in the province thanks to its green initiatives.
Vancity (as the locals like to call it) is a coffee-loving area. You can find really good coffee shops everywhere. Also, due to its proximity to the Pacific ocean it’s also well known for its sushi.
Moving around the city is pretty easy. Roads are easy to understand and you don’t have to pay for the highway. Also, public transit is reliable and organized. Until recently, Uber wasn’t a thing in Vancouver. It was welcomed at the end of 2019 and so far it’s working great. You can also order a cab by downloading the yellow cab app.
Even if this is one of the largest cities in Canada, you will still be able to find neighbourhoods that deliver that small town feel. They are still a close drive to the more crowded areas.
Lots of movies and TV shows are recorded in the city, so don’t be surprised if you catch a celebrity in your morning coffee run.
Housing in Vancouver
Being completely honest with you, Vancouver is an expensive city. Its housing prices are compared to Toronto’s all the time. You have to keep this information in mind when you do your budget if you plan on moving here. This is especially important if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident because you would have pay 15% extra tax in your property purchase.
It’s common for people in Vancouver to be victims of housing scams, so it’s better to contact a trusted company to help you find a home, like us. If you’re not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, keep in mind that you will have to pay an extra 15% in taxes on your property purchase. If you’re moving to Vancouver permanently and this 15% is not in your budget, it might be a better idea to wait until you become a permanent resident to buy a property.
There is a silver lining, though; Housing Vancouver is the city’s 10-year strategy to improve housing affordability and to provide a strong foundation for the future of Vancouver.
Weather in Vancouver
Vancouver is called the Rain City for a reason. Winter and autumn are wet and cloudy. We recommend that you invest in a good pair of rain boots and a high-quality umbrella so you can survive the 9 months of wetness.
The good thing about all this rain is that it rarely snows. If you still want that winter wonderland experience you could take a 15-minute drive from the downtown core to the North Shore Mountains.
Summers are pretty sunny, but evenings do get cooler.
What to do in Vancouver?
Whether you like the arts or you’re more into sports, there is so much to do in Vancouver. It has a growing film and tourism industry and something trendy is always happening in this city. Its proximity to the ocean, mountains and rivers make it a wonderful area to hike and explore.
Here’s a list of things you can do in and around the city:
- Biking at Stanley Park
- Hiking at The Chief, Quarry Rocky, Buntzen Lake, or Grouse Mountain
- Visiting Joffre Lake
- Plenty of festivals in the summer
- Museum of Anthropology
- Drive in the Sea-to-Sky Highway
- Window shop in Gastown
- Visit China Town
- Kayak in Deep Cove
- Visit the Richmond Night Market
When you rent to own in Vancouver, you still get the big city energy but it’s not as hectic and cold as Toronto or Calgary would be.