- White Rock
- Residential Detached
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- 13778 Marine Drive
- South Surrey White Rock
- White Rock
White Rock is a seaside city, with Semiahmoo Bay to the south, and surrounded by South Surrey to the north, west and east. Its northern border is North Bluff Rd. The western border is 136 St, and 160 St defines its eastern boundary. White Rock is the southern-most city in Greater Vancouver, named for a large white boulder that came to rest on its beach; a glacial erratic that migrated south to its current home during the last ice age. Every year, White Rock’s 8 kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches, impressive waterfront and iconic 104-year-old pier draw more than one million visitors.
Extending 500 metres into Semiahmoo Bay, the pier is considered a tourist destination. The promenade extends almost the full length of Marine Drive to Crescent Beach, and it's the perfect place to enjoy two and a half kilometre long strolls along the ocean. Visitors come to walk out on the pier and along promenade, eat at one of the trendy restaurants along Marine Drive, and attend the many local celebrations that take place along the waterfront, such as the White Rock Sea Festival, Canada Day by the Bay, the Tour de White Rock and TD Concerts at the Pier. White Rock is a very walkable city, with Walk Scores uptown reaching the 90s.
On December 20th, 2018 residents watched in horror as the pier and promenade were severely damaged by 100 km/h winds. The pier, West Beach parking lot and significant portion of its promenade were closed. Portions of the promenade have since been reopened, and extensive reconstruction is underway on the pier. Completion of the short term repairs is expected in fall 2019, and White Rock city council approved $17.3 million in total for the waterfront and pier repairs to be rolled out over 2019/2020.
White Rock's population is 19,952, and it’s been growing at an average of 0.6% per year over the past 15 years. The beautiful seaside setting and the slower pace make White Rock a wonderful place to retire. But, the community also attracts many young families who want to raise their children in a less stressful environment, contributing to a median age of 56.6.
The majority of the homes in White Rock were built between 1961 and 1980, but roughly another 3,500 homes were built from 1981 through 2000. Two-bedroom homes are the most popular, but there's a mix of housing ranging from cottages to luxury estates. The neighbourhood is growing, with nine new condo buildings.
Altus White Rock is a new 12 storey building on Finlay, with 2 levels of shopping and 10 floors of luxury residential homes. It's the first midrise presale outside of the White Rock downtown core. Completion is scheduled for 2020. Beachborough is a 5-floor building on North Bluff Road, with 51 luxury residences. These mid-rise Surrey condos are expected to be completed in 2019.
Fantom is a 10-storey condo development on Thrift Avenue, with only 25 large and exclusive condos. Completion is scheduled for 2020. Foster Martin on White Rock Commons is an up and coming condo project that will have three towers, ranging from 23 to 24 storeys. Located between Foster and Martin, the master-planned community will have 333 units. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020.
Located on Johnston Road, Miramar Village Phase 2 is a 17 storey condo development with 229 units. Scheduled for completion in 2020, these two final towers will complete the quartet of residences in Miramar Village's White Rock Town Centre project
Newport at West Beach Phase 2 is a new condo development on Marine Drive, completed in 2016. There are 42 units in this 4 storey building, located in the trendy West Beach area. Located at the corner of Thrift Avenue & George Street, Semiah is a 14-storey concrete building with 88 2- and 3-bedroom condos. The building offers outstanding views of Semiahmoo Bay and the White Rock Pier.
Soleil is a 26 storey mixed-use high-rise with 178 1- and 2-bedroom condos. Located at the corner of Johnston & North Bluff Road, the development is kitty-corner to Semiahmoo Shopping Centre and offers spectacular ocean views. The Hill is a condo/townhouse development of four unique residences on four floors. The building was completed in April of 2019.
White Rock residents enjoy twenty percent more sunshine than Vancouver, for a moderate, almost Mediterranean climate. Often when the surrounding South Surrey neighbourhoods are shrouded by dark clouds, White Rock will still be sunny and clear. Moderate temperatures range from 23ºC in the summer to 6ºC in the winter on average, so the beaches are popular year-round. Rain falls throughout the year in White Rock. Most of the rain falls during the 31 days cantered around November 19. The average total accumulation is 7.5 inches.
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Listing information last updated on January 29th, 2020 at 8:45am PST.
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