I'm from Toronto. Moved to Alberta 8 years ago. My job will most likely take me to Vancouver within the next 6 months.

My question is is there anyone that has recently moved into the Vancouver or LMD area (from abroad or from within BC) that could comment on the current status of real estate and neighbourhoods that would be desireable for a middle class income family?

I'm aware that moving from Alberta to the Lower Mainland will of course mean a significant cost of living hit. I'm prepared to take the hit for a change of scenery. I love big cities and the mayhem that comes with them. Yes traffic sucks. But I'm used to it, having lived in Toronto.