Skip to main content

A compact Vancouver condo or big house in Saint John? The Globe's personal finance team compared properties in four cities across the country that could be starter homes for first-time buyer couples

Location: False Creek, VancouverPrice: $469,900Square footage: 775

1 of 12

This strata unit in Vancouver's False Creek neighbourhood offers one bedroom and two baths, and beautiful views of the city.

2 of 12

The space includes a library and office with tasteful custom cabinetry, and a built-in Murphy bed for guests; in a good Vancouver neighbourhood, this price won't buy you a second bedroom.

3 of 12

Location: CalgaryPrice: $399,700Square footage: 968

RAW Photography

4 of 12

Story continues below advertisement

This bungalow is in the Inglewood neighbourhood, about five kilometres from the downtown core and a short walk to the Bow River.

RAW Photography

5 of 12

While the agents describe it as "cozy," the house is partially renovated and has a generously sized, south-facing backyard and a garage.

RAW Photography

6 of 12

Location: The Annex, TorontoPrice: $400,000Square footage: 900

7 of 12

This two-bedroom apartment is in a 1960s buillding - unusual in the Toronto market, where there are few older condos or co-op apartments. It offers a lot of space for the price, relative to newer units, and also a good location near the subway and to the University of Toronto.

8 of 12

The apartment's aging finishes - particularly the kitchen and bathroom - can't match the shine of a brand new unit, but it offers good room sizes and a lot of space for the price.

9 of 12

Location: Saint John, N.B.Price: $239,000Square footage: About 1200

10 of 12

This three-bedroom house, with a walkout basement, is in the treed postwar neighbourhood of Millidgeville.

11 of 12

It was renovated and decorated by a couple of young architects, and sits on a large lot, but is still half the price of the Vancouver alternative. In Atlantic Canada, first-time buyers in a recent survey said they were planning to spend just $202,000 on their home.

12 of 12

Report an error Editorial code of conduct