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Why you should buy a house in Guildford?
The retail district of Surrey, British Columbia, Guildford is a happening place. The town is the namesake of England’s Guildford, and it has been named so because it mimics the atmosphere and engineering that the British city has. Contemporary in its development, but rustic in its charm, Guildford is a delightful place to live in.
The first settlements came to Guildford in 1881, and they put up roots in Port Kells. Soon, business, education and healthcare all grew around this settlement – predominantly near the area where the Guildford Town Centre Mall is located today.
Guildford is a north-eastern town in Surrey, and one border is flanked by the beautiful Fraser River. Whalley and Langley border other sides of Guildford. Today, a lot of development activities can be seen in Guildford, and prime commercial and residential properties are being built.
The town is home to a population of 60,745, and households have a median income of $73,480.
Guildford’s primary source of income and entertainment is shopping. Both 104th Avenue and 152nd Street are extremely happening retail corridors that host local and global brands. A walk down here in the evenings makes for a very exciting and sensory experience.
Apart from this, the local mall – Guildford Town Centre – has a lot to offer visitors. The mall has a cinema, a dedicated kids corner that offers playdate and a childcare facility for mall visitors and the Walking Club, which offers both one-on-one and group fitness classes.
If you’re more of an outdoors person, then you’ll enjoy walking, running or biking in the parks and trails located in and around Guildford. Guildford Heights Park, Invergarry Bike Park, Hawthorne Park and the Serpentine Headwaters Park offer some of the best open and wooded spaces in the town.
If you’d like to catch a movie, then Landmark Cinemas Surrey is the place to go. The Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre organizes plays and performances regularly.
The Guildford Recreation Centre, located just north of Guildford Towne Centre, underwent significant enhancements in 2015. Its aquatic centre facilities supply hours of family fun and an Olympic-sized pool that is used for swimming competitions. Beyond that, the Recreation Centre offers a host of athletic facilities that serve patrons of all ages.
Residents of nearby Fraser Heights also have access to a top-notch recreation centre. Offering both inside and outdoor activities, the Fraser Heights Recreation Centre allows for everything from weight room access to gymnasium sports to tennis and pickleball courts.
During the summer months, the Port Kells Outdoor Pool is a popular spot for families who want to enjoy swimming in the sun. This facility is open for public swimming sessions along with scheduled swimming lesson programs.
Guildford has an excellent school culture. The Guildford Park Secondary School, Guildford Learning Centre, Mary Jane Shannon Elementary School and Ellendale Elementary are good choices. If you’re looking for a vocational school, the Guildford School of Music and Dance is an excellent place to enrol your child in.
The Guildford Health Centre and the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre are located in Guildford. The Care Life Fleetwood is just a few minutes away.
If you’re looking for pet care, then the Guildford Animal Hospital and the Allondale Animal Hospital are excellent choices, and very close to the city centre.
Guildford too is serviced by the Route 320 buses. Other bus routes are 335, 337 and 555. The Expo SkyTrain and the Surrey Loop trains both serve Guildford.
Art and Parks
Throughout Guildford’s development, the City of Surrey has taken care to protect its history and preserve nearby historic sites. There are over 15 registered heritage sites in the surrounding area, many from the original settlement of Port Kells (which paved the way for Guildford’s growth).
Guildford also represents and promotes artistic endeavours. Several public art installations are prominently displayed in the area, from the Golden Ears Way Eagle to Seasons in the Park (an illuminated pedestrian bridge that spans Highway 1). The newly-renovated Guildford Library also provides community residents with access to numerous programs, inviting all ages to participate in their enrichment programs.
Those who love the outdoors will be glad to know that Guildford is much more than a mere shopping district. Tynehead Regional Park has beautiful walkways that wind through the nearby forest, along with a hatchery that promotes B.C.’s fish stock. Along the Fraser River, Surrey Bend Regional Park has wide open paths that are great for bird-watching and leisurely strolls.
The neighbourhood of Guildford first took shape in the late 19th century, thanks to Irish settlers who founded the nearby Township of Port Kells. Rail service-connected the area to New Westminster, which was then British Columbia’s largest city.
Two 1960’s developments led to Guildford’s rapid growth. The Port Mann Bridge was finished in 1964, bringing regular traffic from Greater Vancouver out to the Surrey suburb. In 1966 Guildford Town Centre was opened, attracting the attention of destination shoppers throughout the Lower Mainland.
Home to over 250 stores, Guildford Town Centre is Greater Vancouver’s third largest mall. Its current owners performed a substantial renovation in 2010 that transformed it from an old-fashioned shopping mall into the eco-friendly urban centre it is today.
The expanded mall is anchored by The Bay, Walmart Supercentre, Apple, and London Drugs. What’s more, there are countless other recognizable chain stores in addition to local boutiques and diverse restaurant openings. Shoppers also have plenty of parking options, including a well-lit two-level parkade with spacious stalls.
One of Guildford Town Centre’s striking features is the way it celebrates Surrey’s natural landscape. Its exterior features an impressive living wall made up of 45,000 individual plants with over 100 species represented. A similar (but smaller) wall is also present inside the mall, complemented by tasteful water features.
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