With the US election one week behind us, we’ve seen REW.ca real estate listings traffic triple from American sources and many US citizens vowing to make good on their claims to move to Canada if Donald Trump were elected president. But which local properties garnered the most attention from American seekers of Vancouver real estate?
The results might not be what you'd expect. The homes that drew the most traffic from our southern neighbours make quite an eclectic collection. While the East Side represented heavily, with four of the five top-viewed listings, we would be hard-pressed to come up with a more diverse list of properties. The homes range from $250,000 to almost $2 million, with the most-clicked home perhaps being the most unexpected result of all.
Click through the links below to see the full listings and photo galleries of each of these lovely homes.
As these properties are sold, the online listings may no longer be available.
Three-bedroom, three-bathroom duplex
1,438 square feet
Cost per square foot: $1,321
This gorgeous three-bedroom, three-bathroom duplex in the heart of popular Kitsilano has a bright open-concept plan. On the main level, French doors open to two private north- and south-facing decks with fenced yards, while the top floor houses the master suite with mountain views. The home has been fully renovated with high-quality materials used throughout. US citizens won’t be disappointed with this Kits location close to many of the city’s best features, including beaches, parks, shopping and dining.
#4. Grandview East
Two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo
856 square feet
Cost per square foot: $613
This two-bedroom condo in the beloved Commercial Drive area has a great layout. The floorplan offers lots of storage options, as well as a gas fireplace and in-suite laundry. In addition to being move-in ready, the home is in a well-run and maintained building that is fully rainscreened. A central location near The Drive gives easy access to bus and SkyTrain, funky restaurants and cool boutiques. Americans won’t have to worry about having to leave their dog and cat back in the States – this building allows two pets. But you'd better buy to live here, as no rentals are allowed.
#3. Downtown East
One-bedroom, one-bathroom condo
502 square feet
Cost per square foot: $595
This cool Gastown one-bedroom condo was used by the previous owner as a downtown pied-a-terre. South-facing to make the most of the natural light and city views, the iconic building was designed to reflect Vancouver’s heritage. Features include new engineered hardwood floors, in-suite laundry and a small office. The communal rooftop terrace is perfect for taking in Vancouver’s stunning views and the central Gastown location gives easy access to some of the city’s best restaurants and most-unique shops.
#2. Grandview East
Five-bedroom, three-bathroom house
2,780 square feet
Cost per square foot: $719
A second entry from the family-friendly Grandview area is this spacious five-bedroom renovated Vancouver Special. Aside from beautiful North Shore mountain views, the single-family home has a lovely living area, modern chef’s kitchen and three bedrooms (including master ensuite) all up on the main level, as well as two large decks in the front and back of the home. The lower level houses a large two-bedroom in-law suite, complete with new kitchen – a handy feature for newcomers to Vancouver, who might have friends who want to join them.
#1. Fraserview East
Two-bedroom, two-bathroom house
1,462 square feet
Cost per square foot: $171
Congratulations if you guessed (because we didn't!) that the most-viewed home by American readers would be an 80-by-30-foot barge containing a 1,462-square-foot one-level home. The riverfront home comes with architectural pedigree – it was modified in 1985 from an office into a house designed by West Coast Modernist architect Fred Hollingsworth, who specialized in small, innovative homes. Listed at $250,000, the property has two pellet stoves in the house, as well as a 22-by-21-foot deck with a wood stove and hot tub. While an unconventional choice for most of us, this is perhaps the perfect home to imagine drifting away from the election results altogether.