Post # 1
Hello Vancouver bees,
Now that the thread is revived, I’m turning to you to ask your opinion on the following…
A very good friend of mine from Chile is moving to Vancouver with her husband and their little daughter in September and she’s looking for some info. How much do rentals for 2-bedroom apartments usually go for? What areas of the city would you recommend? Approximately, what are the monthly costs for a modest living for a family of three?
Post # 3
It definitely depends on where you are. I’m in a suburb about 40 minutes from downtown and my 2 bedroom basement suite costs me $1000 a month. When people visit, they tell me groceries are expensive in BC. For the 2 of us, we probably pay around 300/month.
It depends on where they are working as to where they would live. Parts of the transit system aren’t fantastic so knowing where they need to travel is important. Generally, living anywhere along the skytrain line is convenient for anyone commuting to Vancouver without having to pay to live downtown.
Hope that helps a bit!
Post # 4
@toothfairyb: thank you for your input! It definitely helps!
Post # 5
Is she wanting to live in the actual city of Vancouver, and if she does are they set on living right downtown? I paid $850 a month plus utilities for a one bedroom apartment in Burnaby (one of the closest cities) five years ago. I would think a two bedroom today in actual downtown would start around $1300, and could pretty much go sky high.
The “good” parts depend on what you’re looking for. The main area to stay away from is anything super close to “hastings and main”, but even then you don’t have to go too far to get back to nice areas.
Post # 6
We had a cute little one bedroom in Marpole, off Oak Street, right before the bridge into Richmond. It was only $600/mth, including secured parking and cable!!(Back in 2006) I still keep in contact with the building Manager, and he says we could have a suite there again, for that same price. It’s not huge, but it is not a matchbox either.
Post # 7
Hey Vancouver Bees! I still a waiting lady, but my FH is most likely going to be accepting a job in Surrey and has found an apartment in White Rock – anyone have any thoughts about living in White Rock? I won’t be joining him there until May at the earliest, but I am so excited I can barely stand it.
Post # 8
@bryanne – White Rock is a beautiful place. It’s a beach town, slow-paced and very relaxing. But you are reasonably close to Surrey, so shopping and city life are close-by.
@MandM – we are looking for a two bedroom right now. Anywhere from $1200-$2000, depending on where in the city you want to live, the size of the unit, and how nice the unit is. We just put in an offer on a two bedroom plus den in Metrotown (Burnaby), near transit, malls, restaurants, etc… for $1650 in a two year old condo building. Tell your friend to check out Craigslist Vancouver – you can sort through lots of aparatment listings on there, in the price range that she wants. And of course, the closer to Vancouver proper you get, the more expensive apartments become (and often the smaller they become for what you pay!). I personally enjoy living in Burnaby – the price is right in that area for me. Lots of families in Burnaby as well.
Post # 9
@bryanneb61: So exciting! White Rock is a beautiful town. The beach is gorgeous and it’s very quiet and laid back. 🙂
Post # 10
I have a two bedroom place just under 1000sq ft in Richmond and pay 1300.00 that only includes gas and nothing else.
Post # 11
I lived in White Rock for a while and loved it. It’s definitely a slower pace than Vancouver proper. We’re actually looking into buying a townhouse there now; we’d love to move back.