Best areas to live in Surrey BC 2021

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Thinking of moving to Surrey BC? New to the area or just after some helpful hints? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll be walking you through some of Surrey’s diverse and exciting neighborhoods to help you find your new home sweet home. 

Whether you’re after the best schools or the shortest commute, Surrey has a little bit of something for every wish list. 

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the best areas to live in Surrey, BC in 2021. 

About Surrey BC

First thing’s first, let’s take a step back and talk about Surrey as a whole. Surrey is the largest and most populated city in Metro Vancouver and continues to be one of the fastest-growing and most culturally diverse cities in the whole of Canada. 

Surrey, BC, is a large and geographically diverse city. 

It comprises six main neighborhoods: 

  • Cloverdale
  • Fleetwood
  • Newton
  • South Surrey
  • Guildford
  • City Center / Whalley. 

The city center and its many surrounding areas are known for being forward-thinking, vibrant, and diverse, with a commitment to sustainable technology and innovation. 

Each district has its own unique character, amenities, and communities. 

Now, it’s just a matter of finding yours! 

North Surrey

The northern region of Surrey, BC is the center of the city’s growth and development initiatives. North Surrey is home to state-of-the-art research facilities and educational institutions.

North Surrey Secondary School is well reputed for its outstanding arts and drama departments. In fact (here’s a fun fact for you), the school itself has numerous times been used as the filming location for hit movies like Agent Cody Banks. 

North Surrey is home to Surrey’s fantastic Civic Center. The Civic Plaza is a place where locals love to come together to mark celebrations and host events. 

This vibrant outdoor community hub connects the City Hall, Surrey City Centre Library, the Civic 3 Tower, Simon Fraser University, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  

In North Surrey, you’ll be surrounded by innovation, activity, and impressive modern architecture. The new City Hall is a two hundred thousand square foot building with its own state-of-the-art performing arts venue. 

And when it comes time for some entertainment and leisure, North Surrey doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy North Surrey’s Central City Brewery and Distillery, famed for its Red Racer beer. Or, perhaps you’d prefer the North Surrey Urban Farmers Market at the Rec Centre or a concert at Holland Mark. North Surrey just keeps giving. 


Check out this great listing in North Surrey. This beautiful three-bedroom, three-bath townhome is perfect for families. Located in a desirable, family-friendly neighborhood near fantastic schools, leisure, and shopping facilities. It’s one not to miss.  


South Surrey

The lovely South Surrey has it all. This district with its population of just over 70,000 boasts an open ocean to the West, White Rock City to the South, and 48 Avenue to the North. 

Plus, South Surrey is only a stone’s throw from the United States border, thanks to the convenient Peace Arch and Pacific Highway border crossings. 

Perfect for a daily commute or if you just fancy the odd U.S adventure. 

South Surrey’s natural spaces, a plentitude of outdoor activities, and stunning views make it a popular home for those with an outdoorsy, adventurous spirit. But if the arts are more your cup of tea, you won’t be disappointed either. South Surrey has a thriving arts community, as well as fantastic shopping amenities, and recreational facilities. 

Top attractions include:

  • The historic Crescent Beach resort
  • Stewart Farm 
  • Semiahmoo Trail
  • Serpentine Fen Nature Reserve 
  • Sunnyside Urban Forest
  • Redwood Park 
  • South Surrey Recreation Centre


Check out this great listing in South Surrey. This beautiful single-family apartment at Southpoint will give you everything you need on your doorstep. With great transit links and Highway 1 close by, this listing is perfect for a young professional. Like entertaining? You’re in luck. This apartment block comes with a range of building amenities including a beautiful exterior courtyard with a BBQ area. 

East Surrey 

To the East of the region, you’ll find Cloverdale. Cloverdale is the third-largest Surrey neighborhood with Langley to the East and Guildford to the North. This once agricultural community has grown into an important commercial and cultural hotspot. 

One of Cloverdale’s main attractions is the fantastic Surrey Museum and various heritage sites and buildings. Perfect for those who enjoy living around history. Cloverdale is all about historic ambiance, with tons of character to offer. 

Top facilities/ attractions include:

  • Cloverdale Recreation Centre 
  • Clayton Community Centre
  • Cloverdale Arena
  • Hazelgrove Park 
  • Cloverdale Athletic Park
  • Museum of Surrey
  • Surrey Libraries and Archives 
  • Cloverdale Public Art 

Check out this characterful listing in East Surrey. These five beds, four-bath house is nothing short of stunning. Located in the much sought-after Clayton area, this is the perfect home for a growing family. It’s utterly beautiful and brimming with charm. 


West Surrey 

Western Surrey is home to Newton; a culturally diverse community home to the largest South Asian community in the region. Newton is a thriving and social district that each year plays host to one of the largest Vaisakhi parades outside of India. Each year 400,000 people descent on Western in West Surrey to celebrate in the Plaza. 

Here you’ll also find some great educational, recreational, and cultural facilities including the Newton Cultural Centre and the Newton Recreation Centre. 

Apart from these thriving facilities, the area is also home to the Newton Business Improvement Association (Newton BIA), making the area ideal for independent business owners. The association brings businesses, organizations, and stakeholders together, all with a common goal to create a thriving neighborhood. 

Check out this great listing in West Surrey. This 744 square foot ground-floor apartment is part of a North Delta complex. Perfect for downsizers looking for a low-maintenance property in a friendly neighborhood. 


Check out these Surrey, BC neighborhoods 

So, you’ve got a sense of the area. How about we check out some of Surrey’s best neighborhoods for 2021. As I’m sure you’ve already gathered, Surrey is geographically and culturally diverse. Each neighborhood has its own special and unique identity. 

So, grab a cup of joe and take a look through some of the region’s best neighborhoods for 2021. There’s sure to be one that calls your name. 


City Centre & Whalley 

Let’s start things off in the City Centre itself. Surrey’s City Centre and surrounding Whalley district are often known by locals as the ‘second downtown’. 

Here you’ll find beautiful city apartments galore. Over the last few years, the City Centre has experienced a surge in residential and commercial development. 

The district is now ideal for city workers and students looking for amenities at walking distance, excellent transit, thriving business, culture, and entertainment. 

Crime rates in Surrey City Centre are 38% higher than the Surrey average whilst cost of living and real estate prices are 14% and 42% lower than the Surrey average, respectively. 

Top Amenities and attractions include:

  • City Hall 
  • Civic Plaza
  • City Centre Library 
  • Shopping and recreational facilities
  • Memorial Hospital 
  • Holland Park 
  • Forsyth Park
  • 2 Expo Line SkyTrain Stations 
  • North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex
  • Surrey Public Art 


Whalley, the City Centre’s surrounding district, is a great place for city commuters thanks to its busy transit hub with four Expo Line SkyTrain stations. 

Check out this awesome apartment listing in Surrey City Centre. It’s light, bright, and spacious. This brand new south-facing one-bedroom unit features a functional layout with an open kitchen, bedroom, living room, and huge extending balcony. Close to all local amenities, Skytrain, and the SFU campus. The perfect city pad. 


Guildford, Surrey

To the Northeast of Surrey, BC lies Guildford surrounding to the north by the Fraser River. Guildford is a very family-friendly area with many large, spacious homes with garages and backyards. Perfect for growing families and great for kids. 

Plus, those much-needed shopping amenities are just a stone’s throw away, as well as the SkyTrain for easy commuting. Prices in Guildford are still relatively affordable and average out at 55% cheaper than the average property in Greater Vancouver. 

In Guildford, you’ll be spoiled for choice. With natural walking trails, a thriving community, plenty of recreational opportunities, beautiful parks, and easy access to the Freeway. 

Crime rates in Guildford town centre are 45% above the Surrey average. Cost of living and real estate prices are 18% and 53% lower than the Surrey average, respectively. So, if you’re looking for an investment property or your first foot on the real-estate ladder, Guildford might be the perfect spot.  

Top facilities and attractions in Guildford:

  • Guildford Recreation Centre
  • Fraser Heights Recreation Centre
  • Port Kells Outdoor Pool 
  • Surrey Bend Regional Park
  • Hjorth Road Park
  • Holly Park
  • Guildford Library 
  • Port Kells Library  

Check out this stunning, contemporary Guildford townhouse listing. With three beds and three bathrooms, you’ll have everything you need plus tons of natural light and stunning mountain views.  

This home has convenience and style in abounds, situated just minutes away from Guildford Gold Course, Guildford Town Centre, lovely parks, highway 1, Highway 17, and great school catchments. 


White Rock, Surrey

White Rock is well known in the Surrey region as a retirement hot spot. But White Rock, Surrey isn’t just for retirees. It’s also home to excellent public and private schools and an easy commute to Vancouver. 

White Rock crime rates are 17% higher than the Vancouver average, whilst the cost of living and real estate are 14% and 30% lower, respectively. 

Top Facilities in White Rock:

  • The Waterfront Promenade
  • 1-hour commute to Vancouver
  • 2 primary schools
  • 4 secondary schools 
  • Centennial Park 


This beautiful apartment is available now in White Rock. Check out the listing here. Just a few footsteps away from the ocean, this is the ideal lifestyle pad for a beach lover.


Fleetwood is a family-friendly area. In fact, 22% of the population of Fleetwood is under the age of nineteen. Fleetwood is a very safe area, with a strong community spirit and idyllic surroundings. It’s a little bit further from the city and train lines, but in exchange, you get gorgeous parks, nature trails, and the beautiful Serpentine River. 

Fleetwood town centre has a total crime rate of 6886/100k. Crime rates in Fleetwood are 13% higher than the Surrey average whilst cost of living and real estate prices are 10% and 30% lower, respectively.  


Top facilities in Fleetwood:

  • Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex
  • Fleetwood Community Centre
  • Fleetwood Park
  • Surrey Lake Park 
  • Freedom Dog Park
  • Fleetwood Community Association 

Take a look at this lovely listing in Fleetwood. This newly renovated five bed, 2.5 bath house is in top nick and ready to move in. A great family home with easy access to local schools, parks, shopping, gas stations, and public transport. A great all-rounder. 


Choose your district!

So, there we have it. Surrey, BC is a great place to live. There’s a district for every taste, lifestyle, and budget. Surrey is a diverse, forward-thinking region with plenty to offer residents of all ages. Whether you’re after culture, recreation, business, or education, your Surrey, BC district is waiting for you! 


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