and no i havent lived there since i was a kid. im like 5 or 6 hours east. its pretty much about the same cost of living here though unfortunately. we dont have enough housing and the market has skyrocketed over the last few years.
if u dont want to live in the lower mainland and commute or take the skytrain into downtown youll be paying out the angus to stay there
and a 3 bedroom? man good luck with that. the best youll find in the city is apartments and u wont have much living room. you better be rolling in the conor mcgregor money otherwise those 3 bedrooms are gonna be more like closets.
the whole greater vancouver region is pretty much the most expensive place in canada to live. they say BC stands for Bring Cash, and its no lie. its not hard to find work. its hard to find a place to stay that you can afford, and even if you have lots of money and want to live in the city youll still be living in an apartment. thats pretty much all that it is.
i mean the cheapest you can find is like in the downtown east side area. if you dont mind living around homeless people, drug addicts and hookers and you dont mind getting your car broken into on the regular. i got a buddy who moved out there and hes living in a one bedroom apartment shack in that area and works like right next to the safe injection site on east hastings and he has to dodge syringes and broken crack pipes just to get inside the place hes living at. no lie, that chit is pretty rough out there, its like the ghetto. but unless youre hauling in the dough thats like the only affordable option to find affordable housing there
i guess it gets better the farther towards the outskirts you go. i would suggest maple ridge but they havent finished building a skytrain link there yet. surrey wouldnt be hard to find a place either but i hope u dont mind being surrounded by gangsters, crime, and east indians all around you, otherwise you go to langley. burnaby, richmond, coquitllam and new west would be other places to look into if u dont mind commuting on the skytrain (its pretty cheap for a day pass anyways and gets you anywhere real fast)
but if ur looking for a place in the city good luck. its all apartments there and a small 2 bedroom apartment outside of the DTES ghetto could be very well easilly run you back well over 1500 a month. otherwise youre at the mercy of the hotels. you could spend $500 grand and buy a nice big roomy house with a nice yard in most places in canada, but that wouldnt even get you a one bedroom condo with a view over in vancouver. so i can only imagine how bad the rent would be.
im not really the guy to talk to on that matter. thats not a place i want to live. way too many people, way too much traffic, way too expensive. i guess you would have to look on the internet for that kind of stuff if youre serious about it, but nonetheless i know its not going to be cheap finding a place in the main part of the city aside from the downtown eastside and all its mould infested rundown shacks with drug addicts, bums and crime all around that you really wouldnt be able to avoid.
i dont know man im not the guy to give advice here. im not sure what the rent is like out there but i know you'd be getting f*cked and i know vancouver is currently sitting at the 3rd most unaffordable city in the world and the most unaffordable in all of canada, even well above toronto, so good luck finding a place where all your money wont be swallowed up by rent, gas, food and utilities. it wont be easy. u need to have 2 or 3 people working all the time just to make ends there i figure.
but if ur working out in the lower mainland why not find a place out there too? i mean it doesnt have to be smack dab in vancouver does it? cause any of the surrounding areas should be alot more cheaper and u wouldnt have as big of a problem finding a place to rent i would figure. then again like i said im like 5 hours out from there and still im lucky just to find a place when i did cause right now we're in the middle of a housing crisis and our wallets are getting raped real good too. but thats just mainly because of the sunshine tax we gotta pay simply for living in paradise.
Edited by -idyb-, 15 May 2018 - 10:39 PM.