Five Listed US-Style Homes Perfect for Americans Moving North

November 9, 2016

As the world wakes up to a new era with Donald Trump now US President-elect, the Immigration Canada website has reportedly ground to a halt as people wonder how to move to our fair country. And who can blame them?

For those seriously considering their options, they’ll be happy to hear that the beautiful Lower Mainland of BC offers a wide range of homes that reflect what many US citizens love about the land they are leaving behind.

From a Manhattan-style loft, to a Malibu-style oceanfront house, to a Montana-style ranch and more besides, here are just five of the homes for sale that we think will appeal our US cousins. But don’t forget to add the extra 15 per cent foreign buyer tax!

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.

New York-Style Warehouse Loft: Gastown, Vancouver


Two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse

2,058 square feet

Cost per square foot: $893

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Described in the listing as “Vancouver’s finest heritage conversion loft,” this is 2,000 square feet of stunning living space in a former warehouse. It comes complete with exposed beams and brick, and has been transformed to a three-level, open-concept New York-style loft. The lower level includes a master suite with fireplace, etched glass doors, ample storage and great light. All three floors – including the gorgeous private roof deck of more than 480 square feet – are accessed by a central spiral staircase.

Cape Cod-Style Beach House: Crescent Beach, South Surrey


Three-bedroom, three-bathroom house

2386 square feet

Cost per square foot: $1,446

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In one of the most desirable locations on the Crescent Beach strip is this gorgeous wood-clad home with spectacular sweeping ocean views and a distinct New England vibe. There are three spacious levels that include three bedrooms and a den, including a master bedroom complete with a sitting area. The beach-chic kitchen flows into the entertainer’s dining room, and the living room has a large wood burning fireplace. There’s a lovely south-west-exposed deck for taking in the sunsets.

Montana-Style Ranch: Abbotsford


Two-bedroom, two-bathroom house on acreage

3520 square feet

Cost per square foot: $894

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Looking for a property with acreage, for more of a Brokeback Mountain lifestyle? In Abbotsford you’ll find this simple two-bedroom home on more than 10 acres, which currently includes a BC Farm & Ranch Realty office. There’s also an industrial building on the property, currently leased to Five Maples Nursery. The house has been converted to office space upstairs, and the agri-nursery shop at back of property is 10,000sqft space (building plans available). The acreage is in prime rural BC, surrounded by stunning mountains.

Chicago-Style Glass Condo: Coal Harbour, Vancouver


Two-bedroom, three-bathroom condo

1220 square feet

Cost per square foot: $1,350

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If glass skyscrapers and stunning architecture are what you’re after, this is one of Coal Harbour’s most distinctive residential buildings. This 1,220-square-foot corner suite has partial views of the North Shore and south and west exposure for endless natural light. It has a fabulous open concept floor plan that includes an Italian-designed kitchen with a Sub Zero refrigerator, wine fridge and Gaggenau appliances. There are two bedrooms, three luxurious bathrooms, beautiful light oak flooring and state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling. As a bonus, the building has an amazing swimming pool, complete exercise facility, pool table, meeting room and outdoor patio with BBQ area and lovely green space.

Malibu-Style Ocean Home: West Vancouver


Three-bedroom, five-bathroom house

6129 square feet

Cost per square foot: $1,939

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The most expensive property on our list, this one will surely appeal to those accustomed to an L.A. level of oceanfront luxury. This custom-built home, designed by renowned architect Russell Hollingsworth in the West Coast Modernist style, is perched on an elevated, 16,800-square-foot lot with incredible ocean and island views. The home itself is a 6,100-square-foot, three-level residence offering open-plan living areas with floor-to-ceiling picture windows showcasing the views. There’s a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, adjoining family room and large sun deck with covered built-in BBQ. There are walnut hardwood floors, a natural rock waterfall and use of natural wood and stone throughout the home, emphasizing the West Coast Modern design. The home also boasts an elevator, a library/office, 950-square-foot triple garage and an amazing master bedroom with fireplace, huge dressing room and spa-like ensuite.