A thriving metropolis situated amongst stunning natural resources brimming with wildlife and framed by towering mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is truly a sight to behold. A foodies dream with bountiful farmers markets and home to North America's best Asian culinary scene, downtown Vancouver has no shortage of entertainment and nightlife options to explore. With plenty of multicultural and distinct neighbourhoods, a thriving arts scene ranging from National Galleries to independent exhibits and winters that bring endless outdoor activities to resident’s fingertips, such as some of the best ski hills in the county, makes Vancouver a unique gem and fantastic spot to call home.
We reviewed the entire city to find the top 10 most affordable and safest neighbourhoods with Vancouver apartments for rent. The rankings were based on which Vancouver neighbourhoods had the lowest combination of crime and average rental rates.
West Point Grey
Crimes per 100,000 people: 2,482
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,825
Located on the western side of Vancouver and bordered by 16th Ave, Alma St, English Bay and Bianca St. Considered one of the most affluent areas of the city, West Point Grey has no shortage of activities available, including being home to the stunning Jericho Beach Park which hosts a yacht club, tennis courts, swimming access and a beautiful seawall walking path. For those seeking West Point Grey apartments for rent, this area is attractive with its quiet, tree-lined streets, ample public and private schools to choose from as well as the convenience of having a popular restaurant and shopping district.
Crimes per 100,000 people: 3,085
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,850
Dubbed as Vancouver’s most charming community, Kerrisdale is a thriving residential neighbourhood that contains a main shopping strip, many restaurants, and coffee shops. Also home to numerous parks and horse stables, Kerrisdale has a quiet, rural feel as well as the convenience of being able to reach downtown within 20 minutes via Highway BC-99 or with public transit. Kerrisdale apartment rentals are sought after by families as there are plenty of school choices, libraries, and activities offered by the Kerrisdale Community Centre, one of the first ever in Vancouver.
Crimes per 100,000 people: 4,591
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,925
Centrally located and bordered by Granville and Ontario St, Oakridge is a bustling, multicultural community. Plenty of parks, golf courses, and an active arts scene offer a variety of entertainment options along with a major shopping mall and many commercial establishments make Oakridge a convenient, self-contained community. Oakridge apartments for rent go quickly, as many people are attracted to the ample amenities, multiple community centres, and public school choices along with exceptional public transit service for commuters.
Crimes per 100,000 people: 6,165
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,900
Victoria-Fraserview is a sprawling diverse residential and commercial neighbourhood known for its excellent selection of international cuisine options. Bordering the Fraser River and alongside Knight Street Bridge, commuters can quickly access other areas of the city and there are many reliable public transportation options to reach the downtown core in less than 45 minutes. Family friendly, with plenty of schools and parks, Victoria-Fraserview appeals to renters seeking apartments that prefer a quiet, relaxed neighbourhood as the nightlife and entertainment options are limited.
Crimes per 100,000 people: 6,108
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,900
A neighbourhood inhabited predominately by families and young professionals, Sunset is located in southeastern Vancouver. Ethnically diverse and lined with vibrant and mostly locally owned retail establishments and restaurants, Sunset also offers a community centre, skating rink, and public library as well as several schools. Reliable and frequent TransLink service provide renters of Sunset apartments the option of not having to own a vehicle and for those that do, nearby access to East 41st Ave and Ontario St can take them out of the neighbourhood and into downtown quickly.
Crimes per 100,000 people: 6,403
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,825
One of Vancouver’s oldest communities, Marpole lies on the southern edge of the city and contains a diverse mix of residents from families, students, to young professionals and retirees. Ebisu, Oak and Winona Park as well as multiple cycling and walking trails make this neighbourhood a fantastic choice for outdoor enthusiasts seeking apartments for rent. Many commuters prefer to rely on the excellent transportation service to reach downtown as the major roadways are frequently congested with traffic during rush hour. The Marpole Community Centre offers a wide range of sporting and visual arts activities and a popular weekend pastime among residents is to take a day trip to nearby Richmond Island.
Crimes per 100,000 people: 6,686
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,950
Located in the east end of Vancouver, Killarney is a quiet neighbourhood filled with green spaces, parks, and a beautiful view of the water where seals and eagles can frequently be spotted. Excellent public transportation service and with nearby access to the BC-1A Highway, commuters can reach the city centre in less than half an hour. For those seeking apartment rentals, Killarney has multiple public schools, a wide range of family-friendly activities and a multiculturally diverse population. With over 100 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the community and many grocery and retail locations, Killarney is not only charming but conveniently self-contained and a great option for those looking for less expensive apartments for rent.
Crimes per 100,000 people: 6,357
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $2,050
A close-knit family community located in eastern Vancouver, Hastings-Sunrise is home to the Pacific National Exhibition, plenty of parklands and beaches. The multiculturally diverse neighbourhood contains lots of locally owned retail establishments, restaurants and cafes along with a variety of nightlife entertainment options. It is sought after for apartment rentals for its excellent location and being walking distance to downtown along with frequent and reliable public transportation service. Scattered with public schools, libraries, and community centres that offer numerous family friendly activities, Hastings-Sunrise is one of the cities most preferred neighbourhoods.
Crimes per 100,000 people: 6,375
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $2,025
Located in central east Vancouver, Kensington-Cedar Cottage is an up and coming neighbourhood that still has an old town charm of close-knit residents and many neighbourhood community events. A cultural melting pot, Kensington-Cedar Cottage is famous for its diverse restaurant and cultural arts scene as well as its ample green space and being home to Trout Lake, the only lake in Vancouver. Summer brings a jam-packed calendar of festivals, farmers markets, and neighbourhood sporting events, making this community sought after by families seeking apartments for rent. Close access to Knight St and Highway 1 enables commuters to reach other areas of the city quickly and the neighbourhood is also well served by public transit, including two SkyTrain stations.
Crimes per 100,000 people: 6,861
Average 1 Bedroom Rental Rate: $2,075
One of the fastest growing communities in Vancouver, both residentially and commercially, Renfrew-Collingwood is centrally located with plenty to offer residents seeking apartment rentals. A family friendly and diverse neighbourhood, there are numerous public schools, two libraries and a large community centre with a public pool. Bordered by the Kingsway and Grandview Highway, commuters can easily reach other areas of the city quickly and many rely on the excellent public transportation service that is available. With over 200 restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and ample retail stores, apartment rentals residents can access anything they need within just a few minutes.