South Surrey is a prominent neighbourhood of Surrey that is well-known for its schools, natural features and desirable location. It lies between Mud Bay to the northwest and comprises all of the Semiahmoo peninsula other than the small wedge of White Rock. You have easy access to Vancouver through Highway 99 and Massey Tunney and the States via the Peach Arch and Pacific Highway Border Crossings. South Surrey includes the neighbourhoods of Crescent Beach, Crescent Heights, Elgin, Chantrell Creek, Grandview Heights, Hazelmere, Johnson Heights, Morgan Creek, Ocean Park, and Sunnyside
In Demand Real Estate …
South Surrey is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods to live in Surrey. More and more people are attracted to the area for its natural beauty and amenities. According to 2006 Statistics Canada, there were 62,002 people living in South Surrey. Currently, the market is in a balance market for detached properties and seller’s market for condos and townhouses, selling about 1% below the list price. Benchmark price for a detached home has reached its all-time high of $1,458,800, while townhouse and condo are $577,900 and $352,900, respectively. To put things into perspective, Rosemary Heights is the richest in Metro Vancouver, with a median income more than twice the regional average.
South Surrey has a top private school in the area, Southridge School. It is a private school from kindergarten to Grade 12 ranked by the Fraser Institute in 2014 as 3 out of 289 British Columbian Secondary Schools. The school is known for its involvement in service opportunities such as the “Free the Children” and “Leaders Today” where seniors have the chance to visiting developing countries to make an impact.
There are only three public secondary schools: Semiahmoo Secondary School, Earl Marriott Secondary School and Elgin Park Secondary School, ranking 22, 41 and 24 out of 289 British Columbian Secondary Schools, respectively.
Parks and Recreation
South Surrey has tremendous community spirit. Surrey Eagles, a BCHL hockey team, plays at the local South Surrey Arena. There is also Softball City, South Surrey Recreation Centre and Hazelmere Country Club, something for the entire family. You don’t want to miss out the newest and largest aquatic facility in Surrey has just opened, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre.
There is nothing that beats the natural attractions that South Surrey has to offer such as the famous resort community, Crescent Beach. Take a walk along Beecher Street and enjoy some home-made ice-cream or a cup of latte while watching the sailboats sail by at the pier. If you go up the road, you will find the Historic Stewart Farm located in Elgin Heritage Park, giving you a glimpse of Surrey’s farming history. You also have the Semiahmoo Trials, one of Surrey’s earliest trails, and the beautiful Redwood Park.
The Shops at Morgan Crossing offers a variety of stores and restaurant designed to induce a feeling of being in a village. Unlike a big mall, you actually walk outside to get to the next store and condominiums are built above the stores for a more convenient shopping experience. Grandview Corners is another place to shop that blends WalMart, Future Shop and The Brick with urban lifestyle village.