Surrey Real Estate Overview
Surrey has a balanced, steady real estate market, with several detached houses, townhouses, and apartments available.
According to the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, the average selling price for a detached home in Surrey in April 2013 was $580,337, which is an increase of 2.7 percent from March 2012.
Surrey is divided into six communities with distinct characters: Cloverdale, South Surrey, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, and Whalley. Fleetwood and Guilford are great areas for families, featuring several community and recreational facilities. For upscale properties and seaside views, you'll want to look in South Surrey. A number of retail and commercial establishments can be found in Whalley, which forms the city centre.
- Surrey Population (2011)468,200
- 5 Year Population Change18.6%
- Number of Homes in Surrey164,000
Why Buy a Home in Surrey?
Surrey is British Columbia's second largest city after Vancouver. Its rapid population expansion has supported the development of multiple schools, retail stores, community centres, and entertainment venues.
Located on the banks of the Fraser river right beside the west coast, Surrey offers access to a number of sandy beaches and scenic parks. Recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and golfing are all within easy reach.
An extensive transportation infrastructure consisting of highways, trains, and public transit connects Surrey to Vancouver and surrounding areas in the Fraser Valley. The city has become a popular destination for new immigrants, and has a highly multicultural population.
Explore Surrey's Rich Cultural Heritage
The area around the Fraser River delta has supported human habitation for many thousands of years. Coast Salish peoples made extensive use of the area delta for hunting, fishing, farming, and logging.
European settlers arrived in the 19th century and established communities in modern-day Cloverdale and South Surrey. In 1858, the Fraser River Gold Rush attracted scores of new settlers to the region. The municipality was incorporated in 1879 and named after the County of Surrey, England.
Logging and agriculture continued to be an important part of Surrey's economy, and the construction of railways brought new settlers from the east. In the 1980s and 1990s, Surrey underwent unprecedented growth, and it was incorporated as a City in 1993.
Getting around in Surrey
Multiple highways pass through Surrey, including the Trans-Canada Highway, Fraser Highway, Pacific Highway, as well as Highways 10 and 99. Surrey's streets are laid out in a grid pattern for ease of navigation, with numbered streets running north-south and numbered avenues running east-west.
Surrey is serviced by the Greater Vancouver Area's TransLink system. Four Skytrain stations provide access to downtown Vancouver, and multiple local bus routes are available.
Four major rail lines have trackage running through the city. And with more than 400 parks and an extensive network of cycling routes, you won't have trouble finding space to walk or bike in.
Shopping and Amenities
Surrey is home to British Columbia's second largest shopping mall, Guildford Town Centre, as well as the sleek new Central City shopping district. In South Surrey, the Shops at Morgan Crossing and Grandview Corners offer 130 shops in a trendy outdoor setting.
A wealth of state-of-the-art municipal and private recreation centres provide access to gyms, pools, ice rinks, running tracks, and water parks. The prestigious Morgan Creek golf course was recently selected as British Columbia's "Golf Facility of the Year."
More than 100 public elementary schools and 21 public secondary schools can be found in Surrey, in addition to several private schools. Simon Fraser University has a campus in the city, and the Kwantlen Polytechnic Institute offers degree programs in a variety of fields.
Entertainment and Attractions in Surrey
The arts scene in Surrey is centered at the Surrey Arts Centre, which houses a theatre in addition to the third-largest gallery in British Columbia. A reservoir of local history, the Surrey Museum is another must-see attraction.
For a night out with friends, try your luck at the Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino. The Xcalibur Bowling Centre is fun for all ages, and WildPlay Maple Ridge offers a range of thrilling activities for kids.
Surrey has hosted Canada's second-largest rodeo, the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, annually since 1888. It also hosts the Canada Cup International Women's Fastpitch Tournament every summer at Softball City.