Location: Pacific Douglas. If you’re not already familiar with this sub-community it is on the outskirts of South Surrey in between the Peace Arch border and the Pacific Highway border (also commonly referred to as the Truck Crossing).
What I love about the area…There are a few things that I really like about this area including the parks, the family friendly atmosphere, and proximity to the US border. But what I love most about the area, oddly enough, is the drive down 172nd into the community.
When you drive down this road (172nd), which isn’t a long drive by any means, I find that you feel like you’re removed from the city and you can have that breath of relaxation – and what a great way that must be to come home every day.
Shopping & Restaurants: For most of your shopping and dining needs you’re going to need to head into other parts of South Surrey (about a 5 minute drive to Grandview). However, there are a few shops and restaurants at Gateway Crossing which is located just off Pacific Hwy and 4th street. When I say there are a “few” shops and restaurants there, I really do mean a few. You can find Pacific Bistro which is a bistro/convenience store and my husband tells me they have amazing butter chicken there. There is also a Pharmasave and a Carls Jr*. What’s really great, given the family friendly atmosphere of the area, is that there is a Creative Kids’ Learning Centre.
*Edit: Carl’s JR is now closed.
Living: While we are starting to see more townhome developments in this neighbourhood, the majority of housing is high-density single-family homes that are fairly new (built within the last 10 years). I would describe the area as picturesque; it sometimes feels like a neighbourhood out of a movie scene. Currently, the lowest priced active listing for a single-family home is $949,000 and that will get you a 5 bed/4 bath 2-storey home with a basement on a 2700+sqft lot with a detached garage. The average sale price in the area for the month of September 2018 (based on a detached home) was $981,000.
Looking at townhomes, the current lowest priced active listing is $580,000 and that is for a 2 bed, 3bath, 1300sqft townhome built in 2016. The average sale price for a townhome in the area in September 2018 was just over $671K.
Schools: There are no schools in the immediate area just yet but construction is anticipated to start on a 2-storey elementary school in 2019. It is expected that this school will seat over 600 students. The closest public secondary school will be Earl Marriot, which also has a French Immersion program.
Parks & Rec (pools, golf courses, beaches, trails, community centres): The nearby parks and golfing are major contributing factors to the beauty of this area. One of the most beautiful parks (and tourist attractions) is Peace Arch Park which sits along side the Peace Arch border.
In the centre of the community you can find Dufferin park which has a fantastic playground for kids.
If you’re a golfer, you’ll enjoy the nearby Peace Portal golf course.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Pacific Douglas area or South Surrey/White Rock in general, click HERE.