Langley lies between Surrey to the west and Abbotsford to the east and is a surprising 40 minute drive to downtown Vancouver. More families are discovering the hidden gem of Langley being known to having a nice balance of quiet suburban living with the convenience of major amenities nearby. You’ll find it all here in this Fraser Valley community – big green spaces, ongoing festivals and entertainment throughout the year and mega movie theatre and casino. It is no wonder that the population is growing yearly, and it is currently sitting at 130,000 people.
Unique Neighbourhoods in Langley
Langley comprises of a unique mix of rural and urban areas that differ from community to community. These communities include Aldergrove, Brookswood, Campbell Valley, Fort Langley, Walnut Grove, and Willoughby Heights. The neighbourhoods are separated by large areas of agricultural land that makes up about 75% of the total land use. This means that a quarter of the land is available for urbanization.
Langley Real Estate
It seems the foreign tax introduced in August did not have much an effect in Langley real estate as it did in other areas of Metro Vancouver. Real estate in Langley is still going strong here. Everywhere is a seller’s market right now (January 2017). There is more demand than there is supply of detached homes, condos and townhouses. The benchmark sale price for a detached home is $865,200 in December 2016. It increased by 27.7% as of last year from $677,700. In comparison, the benchmark sale price for a townhouse in Langley was $427,500, an increase of 28.4% from $332,900 compared to December 2015. The benchmark sale price for a condo in Langley was $274,800, an increase of 28.7% from compared to the previous year.
Social life and Entertainment
Langley is the place to live and have fun, too. You can either revel in Langley’s green, rolling landscape while horseback riding, trail walking, or bike riding in one of Langley’s formidable parks or enjoy shopping at Willowbrook Mall with 150 plus shops to choose from. Langley’s rich history and historical sites of Fort Langley attracts a stunning 60,000 visitors each year. A place to go is Fort Langley’s BC Farm & Agricultural Museum where you journey the town’s earlier years through a display of tractor, buggy and agricultural tools. For golf enthusiasts, Langley is home to the well-reviewed Redwoods Golf Course and Belmont Golf Course.
But that’s not all. Langley has become known as the center of entertainment, hosting the largest movie theatre in Metro Vancouver, the Colossus Langley which offers 18 screens including an IMAX theater. Also, Langley is the home to the British Columbia’s biggest zoo, the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove with over 120 acres of parkland and 800 animals including grizzly bears, eagles, tigers and deer. The kids can enjoy riding the miniature train rides and go on an adventure in one of the safari bus tours.
One cannot describe the history of Langley without mentioning the Fort, which is now considered an ‘historical’ village. Fort Langley gave the city of Langley its claim to fame as the “Birthplace of British Columbia” when Sir James Douglas during the Fraser River Gold Rush of the mid-1800’s proclaimed British Columbia a Crown Colony of Great Britain. He later became BC’s first governor.
Fort Langley was formerly a trading post of Hudson’s Bay Company until 1886. The Company used to trade fur, salmon canning and farming. The city grew into a major agricultural center through the 20th century and produced poultry, dairy and cranberries.
Langley is a great place to raise your children in good schools. The City of Langley has 6 Elementary schools and one Middle school, H.D. Stafford Middle School. There are five major high schools in the Township of Langley including Brookswood Secondary School, Langley Secondary School, D. W. Poppy Secondary School, Walnut Grove Secondary School, & R. E. Mountain Secondary School. They are located in the Township of Langley. Kwantlen Polytechnic University also has a campus here, too.