Welcome to my latest blog series: Location, Location, Location. I’ll be writing a series of posts (as I have time to write them) on various local neighborhoods, what it’s like to live there – what there is to do, cost of living, etc. I’ll be starting this series with a focus on White Rock/South Surrey. The first sub-communities I’ll explore are the quaint areas of Ocean Park & Crescent Beach.
Location: Crescent Beach / Ocean Park
What I love about the area… In this neck of the woods, you really do get that small town living feel. There’s a wonderful sense of peace and tranquility and I love that many of the homes are a short walk to some unique shops and restaurants.
Shopping & Restaurants: While the Crescent Beach area has a few shops along the main drag, the real attraction is the beach itself. There is a nice selection of restaurants where you can get fish and chips, hamburgers, or ice cream. One of my favourite restaurants in the Crescent Beach area is The Cabin – if you’re going on a Friday or Saturday night make sure to make a reservation as all the locals know this is a great place to fill your belly and it’s usually quite busy. There is more shopping in Ocean Park, including a Safeway, drug store, Starbucks, clothing stores, banks, etc. Two of the best places to grab a bite to eat in Ocean Park is Delrios and Ocean Park Pub. If you’re going to Ocean Park Pub, try the Greek food – you won’t regret it.
Living: Crescent Beach and Ocean Park are home to some of the most fabulous ocean front and ocean view homes. You can also find many cute cottages in both areas nestled amongst many new builds. But don’t let the word “cottage” fool you – homes are currently listed at a starting point of just shy of $1 Million. Currently, the highest price detached listing is over $8 Million and the average detached home sale price for the month of August was just over $1.5 Million– but keep in mind you’re not just buying a home, you’re buying a lifestyle; a lifestyle (in my opinion) that is laid back and a slower pace of life than the rest of South Surrey/White Rock.
Schools: There are many elementary schools (including a couple of French Immersion schools). The closest secondary school in the area is Elgin Park Secondary.
Parks & Rec (pools, golf courses, beaches, trails, community centres): There is no shortage of parks and recreational activities to keep you busy. While at the beach, spend the day playing in the sand and water or rent a paddle board or kayak and head out on the water. In the summer months you can also register in the Crescent Beach Swimming Club, play tennis, or get tickets to see a play through Beach House Theatre. Kwomais Lodge/Sandford Hall (located off 128th street) offers a variety of classes throughout the year that are open to a variety of ages. On sunny days, a great place to take the kiddos is to Fun Fun Park.
If you’re interested in learning more about these sub-communities or South Surrey/White Rock in general, click HERE.
Fiona White – REALTOR® with Sutton Group – West Coast Realty