Welcome to Langley, Metro Vancouver’s fastest growing municipality.
When I was considering making the move to Langley, I had no idea what I was in for. From living in downtown Vancouver and the North Shore, I had never been to Langley aside from going to Cultus Lake or the Okanagan. I didn’t even realize it was a CITY. But when I decided it was time to make the move, I researched what I considered to be the Country. Not only was I looking at the housing market but I wanted to know: What will I do there? What will my future look like? Well five years and three houses later, all I can say is: “Best Decision I could have made!”
Our first house was in the heart of Aldergrove, what a culture shock that was. We chose Aldergrove because I was a firm believer that “The Grove” would be a good investment. Coming from the city, and still commuting, we decided it would be better to be on the highway than fight all the lights and traffic into Langley city. We bought in 2011, a basic basement entry 1970’s build on an 11,000 sq ft lot. Having worked in construction, we got to work adding a rental suite as an income helper, found a tenant, and then started renovating upstairs (You can see our work on homepage). We made the right choice.
Fives years later and we sold with a 31% return on investment, setting a precedent for that neighborhood! Obviously, I am not the only one who believes in “The Grove.” Big things are happening in that little town. They have broken ground for the new Aldergrove Recreation Centre to be completed in 2018, which will provide leisure and recreation activities year-round for residents of all ages and support the revitalization of Aldergrove’s downtown core. Township Mayor, Jack Froese, said, “When the facility is complete it will not only inspire other re-development, it will draw people from throughout Metro Vancouver”
What was our next investment? Langley’s dramatic development drove me to our next property. Brookswood is the place to be, with only five minutes to anywhere in Langley. Langley wasn’t just a commuter town anymore, especially with the Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover and BMW brands spearheading its auto dealership corridor, and Cactus Club and other powerhouse businesses dominating the newer retail portion of downtown. I knew I was on the right track.
We bought a 70’s rancher on a smaller lot and again got to work. Four months later we sold with a 20% return on investment. All the while thinking to myself where do I want to live and invest? What will be best for our family and our lifestyle? That’s when “Country Is The New City” came to me.
Salmon River/Otter District
I wanted property, a garden, privacy, maybe even chickens. But I also wanted to make sure my husband’s commute wasn’t a nightmare. So again, the highway was a better options than 200th, so we landeds in Salmon River/ Otter District it would be. We bought a 70’s build, one-owner home on just under two acres, and at a very reasonable price (please contact me directly for info).
Currently, we are a work in progress, but have the design done. We will be breaking ground in June. Check back to our Instagram and Facebook page to see before/during/after pictures. We have already made a 50% return on our investment and we absolutely love where we live!!!
Growing and the place to be
BC Business magazine says, “The beauty of the Fraser Valley’s growth is that it’s not happening at the expense of the City’s older urban core, which allows the area to retain its small-town charm— a place where boutique, trendy and long-time local businesses not only call home, but thrive”.
If you’ve looked at Langley as a potentially more affordable place to live in Metro Vancouver, you’re not alone. The City and Township are both expecting major growth in the next two decades.
“By all estimates, we are looking at potentially doubling our population within the next twenty years,” sasy Chamber of Commerce President Scott Johnston.
He believes the sense of community is becoming increasingly attractive.
“Langley is a great place to invest, work, live and play. It truly is a community of communities. There is something for everyone here whether it is horses or fine restaurants. We have it all.”
So if you’re looking to invest, County is the New City!