3 Best Neighbourhoods to Buy a Home in Vernon BC

Today, we're diving into the picturesque city of Vernon, British Columbia, and exploring the top neighborhoods to consider when buying a home in this stunning region. I'm Lisa Salt, a local real estate expert representing RE/MAX Vernon Salt Fowler. With years of experience helping countless clients buy and sell properties in the Greater Vernon area, I'm here to share valuable insights into the most popular neighborhoods according to our clients.

But first, let's set the stage with a quick overview of Vernon itself. Nestled in the Okanagan Valley, Vernon is renowned for its natural beauty, boasting serene lakes, majestic mountains, and breathtaking scenic vistas. The city is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who relish hiking, biking, skiing, and water sports amidst this pristine landscape.

Now, let's delve into the factors to consider when selecting the perfect neighborhood. Your budget is a crucial starting point, ensuring you find a community that aligns with your financial comfort zone. Beyond that, your lifestyle, proximity to amenities, schools, and work are all vital elements to ponder.

Without further ado, let's explore the neighborhoods that stand out as favorites among our clients in Vernon.

1. Coldstream: Where Beauty Meets Luxury

Coldstream is the undisputed gem of the area, beloved by many and, as you might expect, one of the most upscale neighborhoods. Situated just outside the city limits, Coldstream is an independent municipality complete with its own mayor, council, and municipal facilities. However, it seamlessly enjoys the services offered by the City of Vernon.

What sets Coldstream apart is its rural ambiance, a stark contrast to the denser city of Vernon. But the real jewel in Coldstream's crown is the breathtaking Kalamalka Lake, which National Geographic has honored as one of the ten most beautiful lakes worldwide. A visit to this lake in the height of summer feels like a Caribbean paradise.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be in heaven here, with Kalamalka Provincial Park offering hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities. Add to that the stunning Jade and Juniper Bays, known for their pristine beaches and water sports. Coldstream even has a dedicated dog beach for our furry friends.

The neighborhood comprises several sub-areas, each boasting stunning lake views. Calvary States, for example, offers panoramic views across Kalamalka Lake, with a favorable exposure that provides morning sun and cooler afternoons. Plus, it's conveniently close to the highway for easy access to Kelowna.

Speaking of Kelowna, Coldstream is the closest neighborhood to the Kelowna airport and amenities like Costco, making it a desirable choice for frequent travelers.

While it's true that Coldstream offers high-end lakeshore properties for those with sizable budgets, there's a wide range of housing options to fit various price points.

2. East Hill: A Charming Neighborhood with Convenience at Its Core

If Coldstream is all about lakeside luxury, East Hill exudes charm and convenience. Perched atop a hill on the eastern side of Vernon, this neighborhood offers captivating views of the city. What truly sets East Hill apart is its rich history and beautiful heritage homes, nestled amidst tree-lined streets. It's a testament to the area's early development, post-war.

East Hill residents enjoy easy access to downtown Vernon, making it a perfect choice for those who relish the urban lifestyle. You can walk to downtown from virtually anywhere in East Hill, and the proximity to schools like SilverStar Elementary, Hillview Elementary, and Vernon Secondary School makes it an attractive choice for families.

There's a variety of housing options here, from small wartime homes to brand-new infill homes, ensuring a home for every taste and budget. Plus, there are adult-oriented townhomes and communities for those seeking low-maintenance living.

3. Okanagan Landing: Lakeside Living at Its Best

If you're seeking the ultimate lakeside experience, look no further than Okanagan Landing. This vibrant neighborhood on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake is renowned for its stunning waterfront properties and easy access to pristine beaches and parks.

While Okanagan Lake may not match the sheer beauty of Kalamalka Lake, its vastness offers a unique charm. Okanagan Landing's beaches are less congested than Cal Beach, and the lake's length allows for less crowded waters during the peak summer season.

The neighborhood boasts numerous public access points to the lake, including Kin Beach, Paddle Wheel Park, and Ellison Provincial Park. These offer everything from sandy shores to hiking trails, making it a haven for water lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Okanagan Landing is also home to excellent schools like Okanagan Landing Elementary, Ellison Elementary, and Fulton Secondary. You'll find a plethora of amenities, from shopping at the Bilo Mall to dining at the Longhorn Pub. The small Vernon Regional Airport is conveniently located here, and golfers can enjoy the nearby Rise Golf Course and Predator Ridge.

Real estate in Okanagan Landing varies widely, from mobile homes to waterfront properties, ensuring options for every budget and lifestyle.

In conclusion, Vernon offers a range of exceptional neighborhoods, each with its unique charm and advantages. Whether you prioritize natural beauty, convenience, or lakeside living, you can't go wrong in this picturesque city. When choosing your ideal neighborhood, remember to consider your lifestyle, budget, and proximity to amenities.

If you're considering a move to Vernon, whether in nine days or 90, or simply curious about this fantastic region, reach out to a local real estate expert for guidance. At RE/MAX Vernon Salt Fowler, we're here to help you find your perfect home in our ultimate four-season paradise.

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In the end, no matter which neighborhood you choose, you'll be welcomed by the warmth and natural beauty that define Vernon, BC. Happy house hunting!


About the Author: The article above, 3 Best Neighbourhoods to Buy a Home in Vernon BC, was provided by Lisa Salt, an authority on Vernon BC and area real estate and a leader in the field of real estate blogging and vlogging.  Lisa and her group have helped literally helped thouands of families buy and sell homes since 1993. 

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