Buying a house in Canada is not exactly cheap. After all, Canadian real estate prices keep going up, and the market has remained strong over the last few years. But if you're not yet in the market it can be tricky, unless you happen to have $1 million.
What kind of property can you get by spending only a million dollars and not any more than that? It all depends on where you want to live.
Some major Canadian cities don't offer much when it comes to great places to live, even at this higher price tag.
On the other hand, cities that are not as high in demand can offer some surprisingly nice places to live for seven figures. You might just have to be willing to live somewhere you hadn't thought of before.
Aside from location, there are a number of other factors that go into the decision to buy a house. Square footage and amenities also play a role in which one is right for you.
We took a look at what a $1 million listing in 11 major Canadian cities looks like, and the results vary wildly from province to province.
2267 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Listed By: RE/MAX Crest Realty
Sure, it's not a detached building, but this two-storey Vancouver townhouse would make a perfect cozy dwelling. It provides 1099 square feet of living space, plus high ceilings and modern appliances.
3550 199 Street Nw, Edmonton
Listed By: RE/MAX Elite
This Edmonton home may be a little more old-fashioned, but there's no reason you wouldn't be comfortable living here. A three-car garage, sauna, hot tub, and 3410 square feet of space are all pretty enticing reasons to buy.
4201 Sage Crescent, Regina
Listed by: Century 21 Dome Realty Inc.
This lovely family abode in the heart of Regina would be great for entertaining. With 2,303 square feet of living space, there's plenty of room. It even has a bar in the basement. What more could you want?
29 East Plains Drive, Winnipeg
Listed by: RE/MAX Executives Realty
This ultra-modern mini-mansion in Winnipeg is perfect for someone who is looking for something a little different. On top of the impressive 3031 square feet of living space, this four-bedroom home includes floor-to-ceiling windows on the main floor and an indoor/outdoor courtyard.
69 Meadow Oak Place, Toronto
Listed by: RE/MAX Ultimate Realty Inc.
Who says you can't get a house in Toronto for less than a million dollars? This lovely listing offers between 2000 and 2500 square feet of living space, as well as a large basement and modern kitchen appliances.
57 Rebecca Crescent, Ottawa
Listed By: RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group
Now, this is a good old-fashioned family home. This cozy little bungalow in Ottawa offers plenty of open space and natural light. The large basement is perfect for hobbies and entertainment, and the kitchen opens right out onto the beautiful backyard.
11764 Boulevard de l'Acadie, Montreal
Listed by: RE/MAX 3000
This charming Montreal property has plenty of reasons to buy, including five bedrooms, a huge finished basement, and a modern kitchen. However, its best feature by far is the backyard pool.
1125 Waterloo Street, Halifax
Listed by: Engel & Völkers Halifax
This classically designed home in the heart of Halifax offers four bedrooms, a deck, and bay windows. It sits in a great neighbourhood and would make a wonderful family dwelling.
88 Foxwood Drive, Moncton
Listed by: RE/MAX Quality Real Estate Inc.
Believe it or not, if you're looking to live in the heart of New Brunswick, you can get this beautiful 4442 square foot family home for under $650,000. If you really have a million dollar budget, you could use the rest to renovate, but the interior is already so great, you probably wouldn't need to!
95 Greenfield Avenue, Charlottetown
Listed by: Century 21 Colonial Realty Inc.
This beautiful listing in PEI's capital city offers an impressive 4304 Square feet of living space. It includes four bedrooms, space for a gym, modern appliances, and even a propane fire pit in the backyard.
16 Pine Bud Place, St. John's
Listed by: RE/MAX Realty Specialists Ltd.
This bold, red beauty in the heart of St. John's perfectly captures the feel of living in the Maritimes. It comes complete with a modern kitchen, sunroom, and a sitting room with a propane stove. At 4025 square feet, there's plenty of room for a family.