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Crescent Beach/Ocean Park, South Surrey

Thinking of moving to a gorgeous beachfront community that's still commutable to Vancouver? Here's some timely info on one lovely but pricey option

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REW.ca
March 31, 2015






Crescent Beach promenade
Crescent Beach's celebrated promenade along the Boundary Bay beachfront — www.crescentbeachsurreybc.com

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park, a small waterfront neighbourhood in South Surrey, is a unique community on the west side of Boundary Bay. It’s just minutes from the Canadian/US border, and was once a resort community.

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park has plenty of natural beauty, and the neighbourhood is home to a number of species of rare migratory birds, making the area a birdwatcher’s dream. The Crescent Beach promenade serves as a great entertainment district along which residents and visitors can take a breezy stroll to one of several ocean view bistros or head to a summer festival.

While many beach communities in the Lower Mainland have fallen victim to modern development, Crescent Beach has maintained much of its original charm. The village still boasts some original small cottages tucked away among hardwood trees.

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park has an extremely high proportion of detached homes. As a result, real estate in Crescent Beach tends to be priced higher than real estate in the surrounding areas. Prices for homes range from around $195,000 for a small condo to well over $1 million for a large single family home. View Crescent Beach MLS® listings for houses for sale and upcoming open houses.

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park Amenities

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park shopping

Ocean Park Shopping Centre, the largest shopping centre in the area, offers all the essentials: groceries, a pharmacy, banks, and other shops and services. Smaller, unique shops can be found in the Crescent Beach area.

Schools in Crescent Beach/Ocean Park

Elementary schools

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park cafés and restaurants

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park offers a great variety of dining options, both chain restaurants and local fare. Crescent Beach has a collection of restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops lining the approach to the beach, including The Cabin at Crescent Beach (a local favourite bistro) and the Wired Monk coffee shop, which hosts regular open mic nights. In Ocean Park, the Ocean Park Pub is a lively community gathering place that serves typical pub fare.

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park sports and recreation

As a waterfront neighbourhood, Crescent Beach/Ocean Park offers residents and visitors numerous ways to stay active. The Ocean Park Shoreline Walk hosts a sailing club and numerous walking trails down to and along Boundary Bay’s waterfront, and Crescent Beach itself is a beautiful place for an afternoon stroll.

The easy beach access also means watersports and aquatic activities are on the itinerary, including swimming and kayaking.

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park transportation

TransLink offers numerous bus services to and within the Crescent Beach/Ocean Park area, including the 352 Ocean Park/Bridgeport Station express bus (during rush hours) and the 351 Crescent Beach/Bridgeport Station bus, both of which connect the community to downtown Vancouver via the SkyTrain. Drivers can easily connect to Highway 99 for access to downtown Vancouver, although traffic can get quite backed up at the Massey Tunnel and the Oak Street Bridge. Commuters with two or more people in the car can save time by using the HOV lanes.

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park Property Statistics

Average home price1

$1,627,911

The average home price is skewed somewhat by the overwhelming majority of single family homes in the area.

Occupancy2

Owned

88%

Rented

12%

 

Makeup of dwellings2

Single family homes

93%

Apartments

7%

 

Crescent Beach/Ocean Park Demographics2

Population7,895

Age

75+

7%

65 to 74

8%

45 to 64

32%

20 to 44

28%

under 19

20%

Neighbourhoods Surrounding Crescent Beach/Ocean Park

1REW.ca Interactive Map, incorporating data from the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, January 2015.

2BC Stats


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