Welcome to Part 3 in this blog series Location, Location, Location where I focus on White Rock. If you missed Part 1: Crescent Beach/Ocean Park, click HERE. If you missed Part 2: Grandview, click HERE.
Location: White Rock. When you think of White Rock you may think of all of South Surrey but White Rock is actually a rather small area in comparison. The area goes from 160th West to 136th and from Marine Drive up to North Bluff/16th Avenue.
What I love about the area…My favourite part of the area is the beach all along Marine Drive. I love to take my family down there for ice cream and walks along the pier and it also makes a good location for a date night at one of the many restaurants.
Shopping & Restaurants: Shopping in White Rock consists mostly of mom & pop shops that have been there for years. Many stores or businesses can be found down Johnston Road (aka 152nd when it goes into Surrey). Another shopping area is along Marine Drive. If you have major shopping to do, you’re likely going to head just North of White Rock to Semiahmoo Mall or to Grandview Heights. The choice is yours when it comes to restaurants in White Rock. There are more than just Fish & Chips at the beach; Cosmos has great Greek food, Uli’s is great for German cuisine (if you go, try the schnitzel), and Charlie Don’t Surf is a popular seafood/burger place. If you do want fish and chips head over to East beach to Moby Dick’s but be prepared to stand in line (even in the winter). If you don’t have time to stand in line another great place for fish and chips is Montgomery’s.
Photo Source: Wikipedia; photo by Joe Mabel
Living: As does everywhere, there’s a great range of home prices in White Rock, starting at just above $900,000 all the way to over $16 Million for a single family home (yes you read that right). White Rock is also home to many condos. The average sale price, in August 2018, for a detached home was $1,184,068. Condo list prices start at $249K in the area (this is for shares in a co-op) or $298K for a freehold strata (not sure of the difference between shares in a co-op and freehold strata – be sure to ask ME). For a luxury condo, prices currently go up to $3,599,000. The average sale price for a condo in August 2018 in White Rock was $509,833 (this does not include townhomes).
Schools: There are no high schools in White Rock itself but teenagers living in White Rock proper will attend one of the three public secondary schools (Semiahmoo, Elgin, or Earl Marriott) or a nearby private school (White Rock Christian Academy, Holy Cross, Southridge to name a few). There are a couple of public elementary schools in the area including White Rock and Peace Arch Elementary and many others just outside the White Rock border.
Parks & Rec (pools, golf courses, beaches, trails, community centres): The biggest attraction in White Rock proper is the beach itself. There is always plenty to do year-round and the views never disappoint. If you are planning to check out White Rock, visit http://explorewhiterock.com/ to help you plan your day and don’t forget to check out the actual White Rock.
If you’re interested in learning more White Rock or South Surrey, click HERE.