You might assume that China is the most frequent source of Lower Mainland real estate searches on REW.ca outside of Canada. But in fact, China is fifth in that ranking, with the US in first place, followed by Hong Kong, the UK and Australia.
Sydney, the largest city in Australia, has frequently been cited alongside Vancouver in stories about overseas investment and skyrocketing real estate prices. So it's no wonder Australians have an affinity with our real estate market.
We’re showcasing the top listings most clicked on by our users Down Under – a surprising mix of high- and low-priced real estate across the Lower Mainland and Whistler. Check it out!
Click through the links below to see the full listings and photo galleries of each of these homes.
As these properties are sold, the online listings may no longer be available.
One-bedroom, one-bathroom condo
481 square feet
Cost per square foot: $706
This petite junior-one-bedroom unit is on the top floor of a concrete building and benefits from skylights, high ceilings, built-in murphy-bed/table combo in separate sleeping area, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, in-suite laundry, new hardwood floors, fresh paint and westerly sunset views. It would make a great investment for an Aussie looking to own in Vancouver, as rentals are allowed and it’s listed at under $340K. The location is top notch, just a few blocks to the new Marine Gateway amenities and SkyTrain station.
Three-bedroom, three-bathroom duplex
1,577 square feet
Cost per square foot: $1,189
This light-filled Vancouver duplex is 27 years old and has been beautifully renovated. The open-concept home features high ceilings, fireplace, granite counters, hardwood floors and custom mahogany cabinetry, as well as an amazing patio, perfect for parties. The Kitsilano location will provide a familiar beachy scene to Australians from similar coastal areas.
Two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo
901 square feet
Cost per square foot: $554
We all know Australians love Whistler and REW.ca's Down Under audience is no different. This cool two-bedroom condo is priced just under half a mill. It has a sunny, west-facing patio, as well as a sunroom that could be configured into a third bedroom. Located on a quiet cul de sac, this building is set between Creekside and the Village, and walking distance to Alta Lake, trails and transit. Only employees in Whistler can occupy the unit, though anyone can own with no restrictions on resale value. While not ideal for everyone, this home could be the perfect fit for one of the many Australians working on the mountain.
Three-bedroom, four-bathroom duplex
1,920 square feet
Cost per square foot: $416
This brand-new duplex in Uptown, New West, was custom built. The fantastic terrace has river views, and thoughtfully designed touches include a mudroom/laundry area with a separate entrance, private fenced yard and three bedrooms up. The lower level offers a ground-level entrance for a nanny or in-law suite – perfect for an Australian whose nearest and dearest want in on Canadian living too.
Five-bedroom, three-bathroom house
2,300 square feet
Cost per square foot: $207
The current most-viewed home by Austrialian users is this downtown Mission five-bedroom house, which is the lowest price-per-square-foot on our list by a long shot. At just $478,000 for 2,300 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms, the home is an ideal family home. The corner lot boasts a generously sized deck overlooking the yard and mountain views. With three bedrooms upstairs, two bedrooms down and two kitchens, the home can be easily split into a mortgage helper suite for additional income.