Vancouver Property Information -- Help
About this web site...
Vanprop is a tool created for people looking for housing
or rental accommodation in the city of Vancouver.
People visiting the city may also find it helpful.
If you are just curious about Vancouver,
you may discover interesting information.
When I was looking to buy a house in Vancouver,
I came across many, many sites that supplied real estate listings.
For every property that I was interested in,
I wanted to know basic things about the house and its neighbourhood.
What was the neighbourhood like?
Where were the nearest schools and how far away were they from the property?
How safe was the neighbourhood compared to others?
Was the property near busy streets?
How far was it from places I visit frequently?
The information shown by most sites was pretty basic,
sometimes incomplete, incorrect, or out of date,
and it was mostly the same no matter which web site I visited.
Searches for a current Vancouver MLS number can often match
several thousand pages.
Also, I found many of the sites to have annoying pop-up windows,
poor search capabilities, or required me to register for an account.
Who is it that thinks it's useful for me to have a link to
Facebook, Pinterest, or Reddit on every web page?
I didn't feel that most of this stuff was for my benefit...
I could (and did) hunt for the kinds of things I wanted to know
from a wide variety of sources, but it was a lot of time-consuming work
I'd rather not have to do.
And this research had to be repeated for each property that had potential.
This site does this work and much more for you.
For any city address, a profile of the property,
its immediate neighbourhood,
its greater surrounding area,
and its relationship to the entire city is displayed.
Yes, there are other tools that provide neighbourhood metrics ("scores"),
but we have found the results to be broad, superficial, not explained very well,
and ultimately not especially accurate or helpful.
We avoid this by concentrating on the locales we know,
starting with the neighbourhoods of the city of Vancouver.
We are actively developing the tool,
so what you see is not the final version.
It is only a peek at what will be available.
Suggestions for improvements are welcome.
The tool does not (yet) list houses for sale or places for rent.
How to search...
- Searching is very flexible.
Simply enter a house number, street name, street address, or postal code.
||8th ave w
||1234 8th ave
||#3d 1234 broadway e
||1234 broadway w
||#1234 5678 broadway st e
- Optionally, enter a minimum or maximum valuation,
select a house number type, or change the currency type or units of distance.
- Use a '#' before a unit number.
- Use a '@' in a house number or postal code to match any digit.
- Use uppercase or lowercase - it does not matter.
- Omit all other punctuation.
- Selecting a City area limits results to that area of the city.
- If you have trouble finding a particular address,
start by searching for only the name of the street
- For street names that normally require a directional component,
whether a cardinal point (north, south, east, or west) or a quadrant
(northwest, southeast, etc.),
omitting the component will result in all valid street names.
So 1234 broadway would mean both 1234 broadway east and
1234 broadway west.
- If an exact address is not found, a list of alternatives
may be shown. The list may include street names that sound similar.
- Minimum and/or maximum valuations apply to the latest year only.
- A limit is imposed on the maximum number of search results.
- Lowest and highest neighbourhood values exclude the selected address.
- A ranking of #1 of 20, for example, means the address has the highest value out of 20 nearby properties having the same zone category.
This site uses the City of Vancouver's official boundaries for its "areas".
To repeat a search, possibly with different search options,
or redisplay the current property with different format options
(such as units), submit a blank address.
The property report...
The format and appearance of the property report are being continually
extended and improved.
Many elements of the report are links to other web sites where additional
information about the subject can be found.
Sometimes a map will be displayed.
- Email: if supported by your browser,
constructs a draft email message that contains a unique URL
for the displayed property.
Send the message to someone else to share the information,
or address it to yourself for future reference.
- Link: visits a unique URL for the displayed property
- Map: use Google Maps to display a map of the property's location;
from this you can usually switch to a Street View of the property
- Help: visit this web page
- Home: visit this site's home page
Homes for sale, rentals, etc...
Vanprop is capable of displaying information about
Its advanced search function lets you find all properties
for sale in almost any area of Vancouver you can describe,
on any street, in any quadrant... even properties with certain house numbers.
This feature is currently under development and available only
Please inquire if you are interested in trying it.
A similar search feature could be used in the future to locate Vancouver
rentals posted by property management companies or landlords.
Please inquire if you would be interested in participating in a pilot project.
Saving and sharing...
You can bookmark any search result in your browser to revisit it again later.
You can also email or text a link (URL) for a search result to save it
or share it.
If the system has been updated between two visits,
repeating a search may yield different results or the information
displayed for a particular property may change.
The search history feature is still under development,
but currently works as follows.
Every search is associated with a search history ID.
Your search history ID is shown near the top of the web page with
the list of recent searches for that ID.
You can see what you have searched for and revisit any search by
clicking on it.
You can select a new search history ID at any time by typing it
into the form.
An ID must be at least three characters long and can consist of any
combination of alphabetic characters, digits, or certain punctuation
An HTTP cookie may be temporarily set to associate your session with
your history list.
Only the results of a small number of successful searches are currently saved,
with older results being automatically deleted.
At present, during development, history information can potentially
If you share your ID with someone else, that person will be able to see
your search history and add to it.
In keeping with the site's
no personally identifiable information, such as an IP address,
is associated with history information.
During development, search history may be completely lost,
but links and bookmarks should continue to work.
- This is a development version of the software that
is being improved and updated frequently.
By default, all amounts are in
Canadian dollars (CAD).
If the US Dollar (USD) is selected,
all amounts are converted to the USD based on the same recent exchange rate.
Note that the exchange rate changes continuously and may differ among
- Valuations are as of July 1 and may be subject to appeal.
Assessed value is not the same thing as market value.
- Visit BC Assessment
to verify information or for assessments for other locales.
- Unlike jurisdictions that bill owners separately,
the Vancouver tax assessment generally includes fees for utilities
(water, sewer, and garbage/recycling collection) and special levies.
The published amount may not include a discount to which an owner may
- Tax levy information is unavailable for 2012-2013.
- The city may delete and create addresses from year to year.
- Property crime incident data is for the entire city
from 2012 through the end of 2014
and includes the following offenses:
theft from auto, mischief, commercial break & enter, and auto theft.
Since only approximate locations of an incident are recorded,
those that occur near an area boundary may not be tallied in the "correct"
The numbers should be considered approximations.
- Traffic analysis estimates how busy a location is in terms
of vehicles and pedestrians.
While a location with a relatively high traffic rating may be noisy,
many other factors will be influential,
such as geographical details, property orientation, building materials,
Traffic volume may vary during the work day (e.g., near a school)
or be fairly constant.
A higher rating might also suggest that street parking is more difficult.
- Individuals are assigned to one of four broad categories,
according to the highest education level they report in census data.
The "Cert" category includes those that have
a non-university certificate, diploma, or degree.
The "Degree" category includes those that have a
university certificate, diploma, or degree.
The "Advanced" category includes those that have earned a
university certificate, diploma, or degree above the bachelor level.
- Schools are grouped into one of four somewhat arbitrary categories based
solely on publicly-available results of province-wide academic testing
of certain groups of students in both public and private schools.
Because these results are widely reported and discussed,
they are included here only for convenience and without analysis.
They should be interpreted with care.
For additional information:
Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA),
Schools give low marks to Fraser Institute's annual report card
- The Accessibility Analysis estimates how difficult the nearby area
may be to navigate for an individual with mobility problems.
for information about property, including zoning.
- The UBC Endowment Lands and Granville Island are not fully included.
- The original data sources may include duplicates, inconsistencies, errors,
- All distances, locations, sizes, and areas are approximate.
A location very close to a boundary may be grouped or classified incorrectly.
Point-to-point distances that require a bridge crossing or may involve
a one way street are likely to be underestimated.
When deemed important,
information about a particular property, such as lot size or square footage,
should be validated independently.
- Political representation is current as of October 20, 2015
and subject to change.
Electoral boundaries are approximate.
Vancouver School Board
for information about public schools.
- This site is intended to work with any recent web browser,
but at present desktop browsers are better supported.
- Open Data datasets
courtesy of the City of Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada.
- Property tax information originally provided by
BC Asssessment, which
"produces independent, uniform and efficient property assessments on an
annual basis for all property owners in the province".
- Earthquake Hazard Zones: The relative risk of damage to Canadian buildings, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, 2004.
- Population data from 2011 census,
- Income and education data from 2006 census,
The services of this site are provided free of charge for non-commercial use.
The site is not affiliated with any real estate agency or realtor.