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Vancouver Versus the World: What You Can Buy for $1 Million 

Vancouver Versus the World: What You Can Buy for $1 Million 
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With an average selling price of $1,029,700 CAD, it comes as no surprise that the Vancouver housing market is considered insane even by Canadian standards. That’s why we thought it would be a neat idea to show you what you can buy for the same price in 25 other attractive locations across the globe. Needless to say, our findings were pretty impressive.

Basically, the list highlights how the value of money changes from one country to the next. While $1,029,700 CAD will only get you a 2-bedroom apartment in Vancouver, for instance, in countries such as Italy or Russia, you’d be able to afford an impressive castle-like luxury estate. So, if you’re fed up with sky-high Vancouver prices, and you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck, let us do the house hunting for you. Check out our top selections and get ready to be blown away by the differences:

Click on each country on the interactive map and see what $1,029,700 CAD ($825,407 USD) will get you around the world:


UK, London, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

This spacious, double fronted house, completed by a breathtaking garden is sure to turn heads with its grandiose design. In fact, hardly a day goes by without people stopping to take photos of this stunning property and to ask about its history. After all, it’s located in London’s famous Waterman’s Square. And, it only gets better when you walk inside.

Australia, Melbourne, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Situated in a premium location, next to fine dining, schools and transportation, this luxurious property is a rare find. Complemented by a lush, manicured garden, this spacious Australian home boasts a modern design, four large bedrooms, state-of-the-art appliances and top-notch finishes. Perfect for growing a family, this stunning home comes with a large backyard, with a separate BBQ area, that you and the kids won’t be able to resist.

UAE, Dubai, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

The largest city in the UAE, also dubbed as The City of Gold, is mostly known for its renowned shopping scene, ultramodern architecture and fabulous nightlife. Situated in the Aurora Tower, with panoramic views of the Dubai Marina, this spacious apartment benefits from all the amenities that the luxurious development has to offer.

USA, Los Angeles, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Situated in a highly sought-after location, only a stone’s throw away from some of the best schools, this luxurious pool home is the perfect place to raise a family. With its open floor plan, inviting living space, state-of-the-art kitchen and a spacious backyard that comes with a covered patio, BBQ area and a swimming pool, this amazing property combines privacy with convenience, making it the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Andorra, Sant Julia De Loria, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Maybe it’s the fresh mountain air, maybe it’s the high living standards. In any case, Andorra has one of the world’s highest life expectancies. For $1,029,700 CAD, you too could live a long, tranquil life in heart of the Pyrenees (and in the lap of luxury) in a 5,000 sq.ft. 3-storey villa in the charming village of Os de Civís, close to Sant Julia De Loria.

Italy, Florence, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Italians know luxury, be it in the form of fashion brands or real estate. And this 5640 sq.ft. 2-storey villa in the picturesque region of Tuscany, situated only 16 miles from Florence, is the epitome of Italian fine living.

Morocco, Marrakesh, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Casablanca might be Morocco’s luxury headquarters, but Marrakesh is coming close from behind. This desert home is no mirage, with its clear views over the Atlas Mountains, a 10,000 sq.ft. garden and exquisite interiors. On top of it all, this impressive property comes at the average price of a Vancouver home. Hard to believe, right?


Spain, Malaga, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Experience the dream Spanish lifestyle in this private 3-bedroom Malaga penthouse, located in the luxurious Benatalaya Residential Complex. All the rooms look onto a large terrace, where you and your friends can enjoy the magnificent views of the mountain and the sea.

Mexico, San Miguel De Allende, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

This breathtaking property, known under the name “Casa de Imaginacion”, truly looks as if it came out of a dream. With its colourful design, the spacious 6,336 sq.ft. property captures the best of Mexican culture. Its large roof terrace offers amazing views to the church spires of San Miguel and the house’s vibrant garden. On top of it, three smaller casitas come separate from the main home, perfect for rental income.

France, Cognac, 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms

Experience the exquisite French lifestyle, while you are sipping wine on the porch of this elegant property, situated in the heart of the vineyards of Champagne. Besides top-of-the-notch amenities, such as a swimming pool and a cinema room, this tastefully furnished property also comes with 1.5 hectares of landscaped grounds.

Russia, Sochi, 3-storey home, 3200 sq.ft.

The history-packed city of Sochi, with its subtropical climate, makes for a perfect overseas purchase destination. Experience the uniqueness of this Russian city, in this spacious 3-storey home surrounded by trees and lush vegetation on every side.

Poland, Warsaw, 5 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

A testament to Poland’s rich culture, this property is a symbol of change. Its design belongs to Bohdan Lachert, a world-famous architect and a representative of modernism, who worked towards changing the face of traditional Polish homes. An emphasis on open interior spaces, the intelligent use of light and a preference for clean, rectangular contours are all characteristics of modern architecture, which make this stunning property so unique.

Brazil, São Paulo, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Set in the buzzing metropolis of São Paulo, this home combines the best of Brazilian culture with modern architecture. This sun-drenched property, that comes with a spacious garden, offers plenty of living space and boasts a minimalist design, characterized by the use of open spaces, simplified forms and a preference for functionality.

Kenya, Nairobi, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Enjoy the best of both worlds in this private Kenyan property, right in the heart of Runda and surrounded by the extensive Karuna Forest, while also having immediate access to dining, entertainment and the best schools. This 5-bedroom home comes with a spacious living room for you to enjoy with friends or family, a swimming pool and an incredible garden.

Turkey, Bodrum, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Part of the Turkish Riviera, Bodrum is one of Turkey’s most sought-after locations. So, if you’re seeking a luxury lifestyle, you might want to check this extravagant villa. Just steps away from the beach, local restaurants and amenities, this spacious property comes completely furnished, and makes an excellent home for those looking to raise a family.

Portugal, Lisbon, 3 bedrooms, 1,600 sq.ft.

Located right in the heart of Lisbon, this 3-bedroom terraced property makes for a perfect investment for those who don’t want to give up on the hustle and bustle of the city, but wish to come home to a relaxed and intimate environment. What stands out about this property is its modern open-plan design.

South Africa, Clermont, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Lying in beautifully-landscaped surroundings, this South African home was built to impress. With incredible landscaping and a warm, one-of-a-kind interior, this family home is a rare find. For the same price as a Vancouver home, this property also comes with a separate 2-bedroom flat joined to the house, perfect for guests.

Romania, Bucharest, 8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms

With state-of-the-art finishes, a tastefully decorated interior, swimming pool and sauna, this modern Bucharest property screams luxury. Situated in one of Bucharest’s most sought-after locations, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, but close enough for you to never get bored, this exquisite location is the perfect place to enjoy with your friends and family.


Costa Rica, Guanacaste, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Experience the Costa Rica lifestyle in this stunning property, with breathtaking views to the nearby beaches. With an open floorplan, state-of-the-art finishes, a large formal dining room and a spacious covered terrace, this luxurious property merges contemporary elements with the amazing Costa Rica scenery.

Chile, Santiago de Chile, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

This Swiss style house located in Chile is yet another example of fine architecture. Boasting ample living and dining rooms, terrace access and a harmonious garden surrounded by lush vegetation, this house is ideal for someone who’s looking for quality housing in a superb location.


Malta, Gozo, 3 bedrooms

With its warm climate, stunning views and rich culture, Malta is one of Europe’s most safeguarded treasures. This sea-view apartment, overlooking the Mediterranean and the Mgarr harbour, boasts state-of-the-art finishes, an exquisitely decorated interior, and, not to forget, one of the most breathtaking locations in the world.

Japan, Osaka, 2-storey home, 1600 sq.ft.

This 2-storey Osaka property mixes elements of traditional Japanese style with modern home design. The tiled roof with broad eaves, the tall windows and the gated entry are all examples of traditional architecture preserved not only because of their appearance, but also because of their practicality.

Norway, Bodo, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Located in a well-established living area and only a stone’s throw away from local amenities, this house is set to impress with its spacious interior, large windows, tasteful decorations and impressive outdoor area. You might recognize these elements as trademarks of the minimalist and ever so popular Scandinavian design.

Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Live out your royal dreams in this luxurious castle-like property, that comes at the average price of a Vancouver home. Hard to believe, right? This home is a sumptuous show-stopper, offering a hard-to-beat interior, with state-of-the-art finishes, and expansive entertainment areas, including a gym and a swimming pool, for you to enjoy with your friends.

Barbados, St. James, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Last but not least, we have this impressive family home, situated in a top location, only minutes away from entertainment, dining and other local amenities. The aesthetics of this house is a blend of modern and classic Caribbean style, with its porcelain floor tiles and coral stone render. Taking full advantage of the location’s exoticism and beauty of nature, this home comes with a well- groomed garden, generous outside sitting areas and a swimming pool.

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