July 12, 2011

Surrey, a suburb to the southeast of the City of Vancouver, is the second-largest municipality in the province of British Columbia and the eighth largest in all of Canada. Its motto, "The City of Parks," certainly applies as Surrey boasts more than 80 green spaces and 200 recreational areas.

The city was originally incorporated in 1879 and was named for its resemblance to the city of Surrey in England. The city's central location makes it easy to access Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and the United States.

In addition to its history and central location, Surrey is also one of the fastest growing municipalities in the area. As the population grows, Surrey is quickly becoming the Downtown for the Fraser Valley. Residential and commercial development has exploded downtown because of the City Council's tax incentives. Two of the Lower Mainland's largest premier universities -- Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University -- are located there. As a result of Surrey's dedication to managed growth, Macleans Magazine named it one of Canada's top three best-run cities.

Surrey real estate offers some of the most reasonably priced homes in the Lower Mainland region. Because of the lower prices, Surrey is a popular haven for students and young families. Prices for homes in Surrey range from just under $200,000 for a condo to over $1 million for a large, multi-bedroom estate. The average price for a home in Surrey is $554,552. View Surrey MLS® listings and upcoming open houses.

Surrey Amenities

Surrey Shopping

The Central City Shopping Centre offers many stores and is host to the SkyTrain's Surrey Central Station as well as a full bus loop for easy transportation.

King George Boulevard offers numerous shops and boutiques, including mattress stores, grocers, Canadian Tire, and others.

Guildford Town Centre, the 200-store mall in the heart of the community offers numerous local stores as well as big box stores, including fashion boutiques, department stores such as The Bay and Walmart, toy stores, and many others.

Schools and education in Surrey

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Post-secondary schools

Surrey Cafés and Restaurants

Because of Surrey's bustling city centre, the municipality offers a variety of dining options. Whether you need coffee from the Perkup Café, some grilled favourites from the Creekside Grill, sushi, Japanese, pizza or Italian, Surrey has something to suit your tastes.

Surrey Sports and Recreation

There are lots of ways to stay active in Surrey. The community hosts the popular Newton Wave Pool and Recreation Centre, which offers a play lagoon, waterslide, kids' pool and whirl pools. The recreation portion of the centre offers a weight room, gymnasium and youth centre. Just across from the wave pool is the Newton Arena, which offers residents a place to ice skate and play hockey year round. Residents can also take advantage of Surrey's numerous green spaces, including Bob Rutledge Park, which offers a picnic area, a playground, games court, two tennis courts and the Panorama Community Hall.

Surrey Transportation

Translink offers numerous bus services to Surrey, but the quickest way for transit riders to commute to other parts of the Greater Vancouver area is to jump on the SkyTrain at the King George Station north of the Johnston Heights neighbourhood. The SkyTrain takes riders all over Downtown Vancouver and offers connections to buses to take riders to outlying suburbs such as North Vancouver and Burnaby.

Drivers can also take Highway 99 or Fraser Highway for quick access to Downtown.

Surrey Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $554,552
Townhouses $321,887
Condos $217,618

*Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, average sale prices in Surrey for July 2011

Surrey Demographics

Population* 394,976 *Source: BC Stats

65 to 74 5%
45 to 64 29%
20 to 44 37%
5 to 19 23%
0 to 4 6%

*Source: BC Stats

Fully owned 75% ("Owners")
Rented 25%
Band Housing 0%

*Source: BC Stats

Detached 43% ("Houses")
Row House 11%
Apartment Duplex 19%
Apartment, under five stories 20%
Apartment, five or more stories 1%

*Source: BC Stats

Neighbourhoods surrounding Surrey