Langley: A Thriving Suburban Community
The modern city of Langley is situated right in the eastern side of Metro Vancouver. Just a forty minute drive from downtown Vancouver, Langley attracts tourists with its unique blend of historical museums, heritage sites, wine tours, circle routes which visit nurseries and local farms, big box shopping centers and trendy boutiques. Langley is made up of six established residential communities, over 300 acres of parkland, a natural wetland, a revitalized pedestrian oriented downtown, high density residential development, a regional shopping facility and active industrial/commercial bases on the Lower Mainland. With a blossoming economy and a growing populace, the region gained a prominent status as one of the metro’s regional city centers.
Through the years, Langley has managed to preserve its community spirit and small town atmosphere in the Downtown Core, while offering amenities of a major urban center along the Willowbrook corridor. Both distinctive parts of town attract a wide spectrum of businesses and people, making Langley a warm, vibrant and flourishing community.
Langley’s housing stock is made up of over 10,500 dwelling units (as of 2008). Single family homes are usually found in the suburban area south of the Nicomekl River. Multifamily residences are concentrated around the commercial area of the city where redevelopment and infilling are encouraged. More than 60% of the homes are owned by locals. Detached home prices average around $510,000. Acreages are a bit pricey.
Shopping, Entertainment & Recreation
Living in Langley isn’t about all work and no play. With several farms in the area, culinary tours are always mouth watering options. Purchase organic goods and handmade specialties at local food shops. You can also enjoy a 12 circle farm tour and buy all your favorite cheeses and preserves, fruits and even nursery plants straight from your local destinations. Fort Langley is popular for its antique stores and art collections. The main shopping areas can be found in the city center and 200 Street corridors. Hardcore shoppers will be very pleased with Willowbrook Shopping Center’s 150 outlets.
The city’s mild coastal climate also lends itself to different outdoor opportunities. Spend a relaxing afternoon browsing through the buggy and tractor displays at the Farm and Agricultural Museum. Langley is also home to two of the region’s well reviewed golf courses namely the Belmont Golf Course and the Redwoods Golf Course. Don’t miss the annual car show, Langley Cruise In, celebrated in September.
TransLink currently serves Langley through seven routes and five neighborhood shuttle routes. Fraser Highway is among the main east to west corridors serving the township and the city. Their 502 buses operate on fifteen minute headway from Surrey Station to Langley Center via the Fraser Highway. During the afternoon rush hour, buses arrive every fifteen minutes coming from Surrey Station.
Langley currently has 6 elementary schools and the H.D. Stafford Middle School. There are 5 major secondary schools that can be found in the neighboring areas namely Langley High School, Brookswood High School, Walnut Grove Secondary School, R.E. Mountain High School, and D.W. Poppy High School.