The Pros and Cons of living in Surrey, British Columbia

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As someone considering moving to Surrey, BC, you’ve probably done your fair share of research. But what’s it really like living here? As a local realtor and long-time resident, I’ve seen every corner of this city and can provide you with an insider’s view of the pros and cons of calling Surrey home.


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The Pros and Cons of living in Surrey BC | Confessions of a Surrey resident

My name is Darin, the team leader with the Germyn Group, with Macdonald Realty, a REALTOR in Surrey, British Columbia.

If this is your first time reading our blogs, we are here to educate you on everything there is to know about living in Surrey or White Rock, British Columbia. If you’re looking to make a move in the next 9 days, 90 days or 9 months, shoot us a text, give us a call, or book an in-person zoom meeting with us so we can learn a little bit more about your situation and let you know what we can do to help you. This way, we can make sure your move to Surrey or White Rock is a smooth one

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Why Consider Surrey?

Surrey is smack dab in the middle of the Lower Mainland, making it a central hub for accessing just about everything in British Columbia—from downtown Vancouver to the scenic routes leading to Whistler and Chilliwack. This accessibility is a significant advantage for anyone who loves a mix of city life and outdoor adventures.


A City of Parks

Aerial footage from Holland Park, a popular area in North Surrey, by Central City Mall
Aerial footage from Holland Park, a popular area in North Surrey, by Central City Mall

Surrey isn’t called the “City of Parks” for nothing. With over 6000 acres of parks, trails, and green spaces, it’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether it’s hiking, biking, or a simple stroll in one of our prestigious gardens, Surrey offers a green escape in every neighborhood.


Affordability

Graph of the difference in price between Surrey, BC and Vancouver, BC In the detached housing category
Graph of the difference in price between Surrey, BC and Vancouver, BC In the detached housing category

Compared to other parts of the Lower Mainland, Surrey is more affordable. Housing here is significantly cheaper than in Vancouver, and the cost of living—be it dining out or grocery shopping—is lower too. For those seeking value without sacrificing quality of life, Surrey presents a compelling argument.


The Challenges of Living in Surrey

Urban Sprawl

Surrey's map view at covering almost 316 square kilometres makes it one of the biggest cities in BC
Surrey’s map view at covering almost 316 square kilometres makes it one of the biggest cities in BC

Surrey’s vast area can be both a pro and a con. Covering approximately 316 square kilometers, the city is diverse in its communities—each with its own character and accessibility issues. This sprawl means that public transport options can vary drastically, and some neighborhoods might feel disconnected from others.


Developing Identity

Photo depicting the contrast between Vancouver and Surrey, BC. The image should show the bustling cityscape of Vancouver with modern buildings, busy streets, and vibrant city life on one side. On the other side, it should depict Surrey as a quieter, more subdued environment with open spaces, fewer attractions, and ongoing construction sites, symbolizing the city's potential but slower development. The style should be vibrant and engaging, ideal for a YouTube video thumbnail.
Photo depicting the contrast between Vancouver and Surrey, BC in a dramatized style

While Surrey is bursting with potential, it’s still carving out its identity, which can sometimes translate to fewer attractions and amenities compared to Vancouver. Plans for major developments like a new waterfront community or a large stadium have been stalled, which can be a downside for those looking for a bustling city vibe.


Safety Concerns

With the growth of Surrey, it remains challenging to ensure crime is not committed and the public is protected, but have made great strides
With the recent growth of Surrey, it remains challenging to ensure crime is not committed and the public is protected, but have made great strides thus far

Despite improvements, Surrey’s reputation for safety is a mixed bag. It ranks 15th in North America for crime but is also making strides in community safety and policing. It’s a city on the rise, but like any major urban area, it comes with its challenges.


Is Surrey Right for You?

A group of friends enjoying a picnic in the abundance of parks in Surrey, BC
A group of friends enjoying a picnic in the abundance of parks in Surrey, BC

Surrey offers a unique blend of urban living and outdoor lifestyle, affordability, and a growing economy. However, it’s also a city facing growing pains with its vast area and ongoing development. Whether Surrey is right for you might depend on what you value most in a community.


What if I have any questions about moving to White Rock, BC?

Selecting an excellent real estate professional is key to a successful home purchase. The Germyn Group, with our deep understanding of White Rock and its real estate dynamics, is committed to guiding you every step of the way.

We invite you to book a consultation with us. During our meeting, we’ll discuss your needs, preferences, and any questions you might have about the Surrey real estate market.

As you embark on this exciting journey, remember that the right home in Surrey is more than just a property; it’s a foundation for your future. With the Germyn Group by your side, let’s make your dream of homeownership in Surrey a beautiful reality.

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