Vernon Real Estate
An alluring city amid an inspiring landscape, Vernon's a fusion of small town simpatico with big city support. Greater Vernon has around 60,000 residents and is the 2nd largest city in the Okanagan. Located at the north end of the valley, homes for sale in Vernon are hugged by meadowy hills and the luminous blue of three lakes (Kalamalka, Okanagan, and Swan). Vernon real estate is also diverse, with a mix of family-friendly houses, upscale waterfront estates, and attractive low-rise condos.
About Vernon Homes For Sale
It's hard to look at the Vernon real estate market and not find a home that's perfect for you. Much like the other notable Okanagan cities, Penticton and Kelowna, there is a healthy mix of property types both old and new. Many of the residential homes are located on calm, suburban-like streets that families will love. From traditional two-storey homes to ranch-styles homes to newer detached homes and townhouses built within the last decade, the homes for sale in Vernon are ideal for either families or downsizers.
Speaking of downsizers, there are also a variety of condo complexes in Vernon that are popular among young professionals, couples, and retirees. These condo complexes were built throughout the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s, and are situated in both the historic downtown core and the residential areas, so you'll still have plenty of neighbourhoods to choose from.
Many of the more spacious homes in Vernon are located at both the eastern and western edge of the area. Many houses in the west part of Greater Vernon overlook the northern section of Okanagan Lake and are close to Kin Beach, Ellison Provincial Park, and a number of of other quaint beaches. In the east, you'll find homes that are secluded in the forest and near some of the best walking trails in the Okanagan. These homes also boast a much shorter drive to Silver Star Ski Resort.
Living in Vernon, BC
The Condé Nast Better Life Index rates Vernon as one of the best residential cities in all of North America based on its prosperity, affordability, quality of life, and weather. Just 30 minutes to Kelowna International Airport, Vernon is well connected to nearby cities and its direct express access to UBCO is popular with students.
Downtown Vernon hums with recreational and cultural events. Its services, restaurants, and the Schubert Centre are favourites with the senior residents. The downtown heritage hub is equipped with public transit and a broad promenade so shopping, theatres, art galleries, museums, display exploration, and event attendance is a walk in the park.
Vernon is also the joyful nexus of several annual gatherings. The Sunshine Festival is an adventure-filled fun zone of children's activities and amusements, craft booths, live music, sidewalk cafés, and a potpourri of shopping venues. And with its sculptures, competitions, sports and games, live entertainment, and wine/ beer tasting, the Winter Carnival is a bonny bucket of fun for everyone.
Its diversified business sector includes light manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, retail, high tech, forestry, and financial services. Entrepreneurship is abloom with a vigorous self-employed and home business community. Vernon was voted "#1 in Entrepreneurial Spirit" by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
Things to do in Vernon, BC
National Geographic named its Kalamalka Lake one of the most inspiring lakes on Earth. Sun-drenched beaches, water sports, pleasure boating, fishing, and camping are but a breath away, with a world-class ski hill at your doorstep. The prestigious yacht club and premier championship golf courses are additional choices on your menu of activities.
You can putt a round of golf in the morning and zip over for a spring ski in the afternoon... all within a few minutes' drive. Wildlife timidly peep through the foliage along the extensive hiking and biking trails that meander between the beaches and ski runs.
Orchards bursting with blossoms, rolling vineyards spread upon the hillsides, hobby farms, and 100+ crystalline lakes give the area a plush resort ambiance knitted with a neighbourly charm.
This multi-faceted city's piquant culture, labyrinth of nature trails, and esprit de corps give this 4-season haven its nickname: "Freedom's Playground." With its balmy climate, relaxed lifestyle, and bounty of recreational and urban amenities, Vernon has earned its reputation as a blissful year-round home base.
When you arrive, you'll feel the magnetism of its well-deserved moniker: Okanagan's Welcome Wagon.
The keys to your life-changing home in Vernon lies on the other side of this heartfelt invitation.
Vernon Listings Summary
Vernon - Town vs. Region Stats
Avg Price in Vernon: $681,000 / Region Avg $892,900
Avg Sq. Ft. in Vernon: 1,868 / Region Avg 2,047
Avg Price per/sqft in Vernon:$364 / Region Avg $436
Avg Walkscore in Vernon: 43 / Region Avg 37
Avg Year Built in Vernon: 1988 / Region Avg 1993
Avg Days on Website in Vernon: 57 / Region Avg 54