Port Alberni may very well have the best value in real estate on Vancouver Island. Where else can an average home price of $342,700 give you a quality place to live, a city where everything is within a 15 minute drive, and a location that comes with all the sought-after benefits of the west coast Vancouver Island lifestyle? The cost of living is about quality of life. Are you questioning what you’re getting for the price of rent, dreaming about home ownership, or thinking about your next investment? Port Alberni’s inventory of available homes await, but take note - they're not on the market for very long.  

Let's look at the numbers.

Average Housing Prices 2020

Port Alberni $329,500
Campbell River $454,300
Duncan $489,000
Comox Valley $523,500
Nanaimo $553,600
Parksville-Qualicum Beach $612,800
Victoria $879,200
Vancouver $1,597,500

In the Lifestyle tab: Note that the mean commute time differs from the average commute. As per statistics Canada Data, 67% of residents commute less than 15 minutes for work!

 Now let's look at the perks. 

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Housing Variety

Port Alberni is not homogenous! While house hunting you will find single and semi-detached homes, townhouses, condos, duplexes, triplexes, and mobile. Styles you'll see around town are: Victorian, Tudor, Cape Cod, Craftsman, Cottage, Ranch, West Coast Contemporary, and unique custom builds.

Short "Commutes"

Most city amenities are a 15 minute drive away and parking is free. Tired of relying on a car? Use bike paths, public transit or rainforest walking trails as alternate modes of transportation to get around town. When outdoors, a trip for work or shopping could very well include wildlife viewing, giant cedars, gullies and creeks, and at certain times of the year - free berries and mushrooms!

West Coast Lifestyle

It's hard not to sound like cliche, but Port Alberni truly has a little bit of everything! Ocean, river and lakefront waterways, a vast and tangled network of rainforest trails, high elevation alpine hiking, and a multitude of parks either inside city limits or less than a 2 hour drive away. Our wild nature is an undeniable attraction for activity, study, sustenance and mindfulness.

Location Variety

There are homes for sale in just about every neighbourhood, and keep in mind that most amenities and facilities in town are a 15 minute drive away. Planning to work in town but live a more rural or lakefront lifestyle? Check the neighbourhoods of Cherry Creek, Beaver Creek and Sproat Lake.

Top Notch Facilities

Port Alberni is a regional service center for all the west coast - people come here for the resources that we get to use without ever leaving town. Those things range from the practical, like education and healthcare facilities to the lifestyle-based, like arts and heritage facilities, athletic facilities, and event venues.

Close to Neighbouring Cities

Port Alberni is by no means isolated. Within 3 hours you can drive to the capital city in Victoria, the province's largest urban centre in Vancouver, over a dozen Vancouver Island communities, or any of the smaller islands in the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia). Going by boat? Launch from one of our 6 marinas and in 1.5 hours you can be in Bamfield, or 3 hours to Ucluelet.

Stunning Views

Choose between waterfront, river, mountain or rainforest. Or don't choose at all, and get a view of all 4!

Local Businesses

The City has a healthy mix of one-of-a-kind independent businesses, regional chains and national brands, with 4 distinct commercial hubs: Upper and lower Johnston Road/Victoria Quay in North Port, and the Uptown and Harbour Quay areas in South Port. Shop local for the selection, customer service and reasonable pricing. The business community is tight-knit and well known for giving back to the city and in return, locals often become very loyal, long-standing customers.

Financial Flexibility

Investment in a high-value, lower-cost home may provide some breathing room financially. This could be an opportunity to save, pay off debt, invest (2nd home?), update your new home to suit your personal style or treat yourself and your family.


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