No, Vancouver is not a bad place to live. There area many nice people and it's not as dangerous as it is in Portland (not even close). There are many churches, organizations, and families that will make you feel welcome. But.. There are not very many houses for rent that have a big acerage. You can try to see how much the one is on Padden parkway or Andersen Rd. I've seen some around there... there's not much luck with finding big acerage rents.. But good luck.