Sardis Real Estate & Homes For Sale
Sardis is a small residential community in the Fraser Valley, located on the south side of Chilliwack and the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Sardis is a shopping destination and an urban core, 5 km south of Downtown Chilliwack. To the west are the rural community of Atchelitz and agricultural settlement of Greendale. Sardis is bounded on the south by the Chilliwack River, with the Yarrow, Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake communities to the south of the river. To the east are the farming community of East Chilliwack, and the suburban hillside community of Promontory.
Around 1860, A.C. Wells, Adam Vedder and Jane Evans first settled in the area to farm the land. Mrs. Vedder chose the name Sardis, after the historical capital of Lydia in present-day Turkey. In 1910 the tracks of the British Columbia Electric Railway reached Sardis. Sardis-Vedder is a linear settlement; a consolidation of two urban communities centred around Vedder Road and shaped by the Agricultural Land Reserve. Chilliwack proper, Sardis and Vedder Crossing form Chilliwack's urban corridor.
Sardis has a population of 10,000 and Vedder Crossing has 16,000 (2012 City of Chilliwack). Vedder Crossing was the 19th-century ferry terminal at Vedder River. Sardis began to develop as a residential neighbourhood following the building of Highway 1 in 1961. Sardis-Vedder grew from 16,000 to 26,000 between 1999 and 2012, to make up 32% of the population of Chilliwack. The median age is 43.2, with 18.0% 14 and under, 61.8% ages 15 to 64, and retirees age 65 and older making up 20.2%.
With the rising cost of homes in Metro Vancouver, Sardis and Chilliwack have become fast-growing urban centres, offering executive country living at very affordable prices, with amenities and accessibility that match the Vancouver suburbs. Sardis attracts working professionals who want an executive home in a master-planned community, young families looking for their first home or a move-up property, and empty nesters choosing to downsize. This quiet residential area, with excellent schools and parks, and city amenities just minutes away, is an excellent place to raise a family. Sardis also has some luxury residences on beautiful acreages.
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Developments in the Sardis area include:
Garrison Crossing is a 61.9-hectare site, with over 1,700 units, that is nearly sold out. The award-winning community is modelled on the principles of "new urbanism", offering a mix of new and refurbished single-family homes, new and restored townhouses, condominium apartments and its own retail village. By using a mix of new construction and older military homes, the meandering streets and large trees provide the character of an older established neighbourhood. Residents of this pedestrian-oriented neighbourhood enjoy a network of bikeways, pathways and nature trails, that branch out from the central boulevard, to walk to the elementary school, retail village and community centre.
Malloway Village is a 45+ lifestyle gated community. The custom-crafted individual homes are West Coast-inspired ranchers, ranging from 1210 to 1900 square feet. The gated community is within minutes of shopping at Garrison Crossing or hiking the Vedder River Rotary Trail. Malloway Village includes the use of a 2,000 square foot clubhouse with a full kitchen, as well as its own tennis courts.
The River's Edge
The River's Edge is the newest riverside community in Sardis. This pedestrian-oriented neighbourhood is situated on 43 acres on the banks of the Vedder River, and steps from the 12km Vedder River Rotary Trail. The development offers a range of home styles: freehold condos and single-family homes, and strata townhomes and duplexes. This intimate riverfront community was carefully planned by Canada Lands, developers of the award-winning community of Garrison Crossing. There's a central ‘green street’ that takes you from the residential area directly to the Rotary Trail on the Vedder.
Vista Green at the Falls
Vista Green at the Falls is now selling Phase 5, a limited collection of 66 townhomes on the hillside. Located just to the east of Sardis, in Chilliwack East, the gated community features rancher-style homes, in duplex configurations, with entertainment-sized balconies, luxurious bathrooms, spacious kitchens, walk-out basements, full driveways and oversized windows. There's a golf course adjacent to the development.
The climate in Sardis is warm and temperate, classified as Cfb by Köppen and Geiger. The average annual temperature is 10.5 °C. The average rainfall is 1640 mm per year. Maclean's Magazine featured Chilliwack in their "Canada's Top 10 cities for weather", in 2013. Chilliwack was rated the warmest city in Canada.
The driest month is July, with only 54 mm of rain. The greatest amount of precipitation falls during December, with an average of 227 mm. There is a difference between the driest and wettest months is 173mm. The variation in temperatures throughout the year is 16.1 °C. Chilliwack residents might see a few days of light snow during the winter.
The median household income is $65,603 (2015 census), with an unemployment rate of 5.7%. Chilliwack's rich soil and mild climate, with limited extremes, have made it an excellent farming district historically, for a wide variety of crops and agricultural products. 67% of Chilliwack's land is dedicated to agriculture, with more farmland than any other Lower Mainland community.
Today the service and retail sectors account for roughly 50% of its gross domestic product. Other growth industries include manufacturing at 13% (3,000+ jobs), construction at 8%, and agriculture and forestry at 5% GDP.
Chilliwack's manufacturing sector is involved in machinery, transportation, oil and gas, aviation, mobile equipment, forestry and related wood products, metal fabrication, and food processing. Chilliwack has more than 20 food processing companies.
Aviation and Aerospace are one of the city’s growing sectors. Chilliwack Municipal Airport (YCW) is home to some 20 businesses, including MRO’s (maintenance, repair and overhaul providers), component R&O (repair and overhaul) businesses, aircraft paint shops and flight training schools.
Chilliwack's location, right on Highway 1, makes it ideal as a distribution and logistics centre. It's only an hour east to Metro Vancouver, and 20 minutes from the US border. Truck and rail links with the Port of Vancouver make it a strategic warehousing and distribution hub. There are several significant businesses, located near the highway, that distribute materials and products to market.
There are four elementary schools in the Sardis catchment areas of Chilliwack School District 33: Evans Elementary, Sardis Elementary, Tyson Elementary and Watson Elementary. These schools enrol students kindergarten through grade 5. Located in the heart of the community, Sardis Elementary has over 400 students. Mount Slesse Middle School is a grade 6 through grade 8 school constructed in 1996. Sardis Secondary was built in 1933 and enrols students grades 9 through 12.
In Vedder Crossing and Promontory, there are two elementary schools: Vedder Elementary and Promontory Heights Elementary Community School. G.W Graham Middle-Secondary School enrols students grades 8 through 12.
Nearly half (46.5%) of Chilliwack's adult residents have a post-secondary education. Chilliwack has some great options: a University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) campus, UFV Trades & Technology Centre, Vancouver Career College, Chilliwack ElderCollege and Sprott Shaw College.
Located in Sardis on Tyson Road, the Trades & Technology Centre - UFV offers part-time trades courses. University of the Fraser Valley - Chilliwack North, on Yale Road, offers more than 100 programs, including 2 master’s degrees, 15 bachelor’s degrees, majors, minors, and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas. UFV also offers more than a dozen trades and technology programs. It's the largest post-secondary school in Chilliwack and the seventh-largest in British Columbia. UFV offers master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations across a range of programs in fine arts, humanities, science, social sciences, applied communication, business, nursing, as well as technical and trade programs.
Vancouver Career College - Chilliwack assists students, right from the beginning of their studies, through to finding job opportunities in their chosen career field. They offer programs in art and design, business, health care, and teaching education. Chilliwack ElderCollege works in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley to provide adults 50 years and better with education and learning opportunities. Programs include Active Participation, Arts & Culture, Learn by Doing, Study & Discussion and Technology & Photography. Sprott Shaw College designs career-focused college programs around each student, with placement assistance. They offer programs in Business & Administration, Nursing & Health Care, Child, Family & Community Support, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Trades & Design, Post-Graduate and Language.
Luckakuck Way in Sardis is home to Chilliwack's two covered shopping malls, the Cottonwood 4 Cinemas, and a high concentration of restaurants that has become known as Restaurant Row.
Cottonwood Mall has 77 stores, including London Drugs, Sears and Dollarama. The mall completed a $2.8M renovation in 2008. SmartCenters Chilliwack Mall has 33 stores, including anchors Staples, Safeway, SportCheck and Winners. Plans are in the works to redesign the current 166,714 SF enclosed mall, replacing the enclosed mall with freestanding retail buildings. Vedder Pointe Shopping Centre is a 50,000 SF regional shopping centre in the heart of Sardis, with 18 stores, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and World Gym.
If you're looking for a quick bite or something light, try the soups and sandwiches at Little Beetle Bistro. Bubba's Big Bites serves home-style soups, sandwiches, pizza, flatbreads, pastas and more. Curly Kale Eatery offers real food made from scratch with love, using only seasonal and organic ingredients from local farms. Ricky's All Day Grill is a traditional family restaurant, serving breakfast, dinner and lunch. C-Lovers Fish & Chips is the place for all-you-can-eat fish and chips available every day, anytime!
If you have a taste for Asian cuisine, you'll want to try Coconut Thai Restaurant, Gon Sushi, Hana Sushi, Maru Sushi, or Moonlily Restaurant. For Mediterranean fare, there are Danin Pizza, The Greek Islands Restaurant and Tulip Donair. For Mexican food, there are Alicia's Flavours, Fiesta Loca and Hugo's Mexican Kitchen.
For date night or a special occasion, Sardis has some great upscale options. Located in the Cottonwood Mall, Earls Kitchen + Bar offers a premium casual dining experience, with gourmet burgers, legendary steaks and dry ribs, global comfort food, cocktails, wines and beers. Earls' menu is inspired by the world around us, both near and far; from chefs in London to our local farmers.
Frankie's Italian Kitchen & Bar offers fresh, authentic house-made Italian cuisine that is sure to impress your date or business associates, with a selection of pasta dishes, hand-stretched pizzas, entrées, and Italian ciabatta. Frankie's is a sophisticated space with two sides: a dining restaurant and bar lounge.
Garrison Bistro is a locally owned restaurant that serves locally sourced award-winning food inspired by robust urban flavours. It's a fresh, contemporary bistro with dark wood decor and a patio, with an elegant atmosphere, but reasonable prices. Greg & Sheila Robinson invite you to experience their dinner menu, with a wide selection of pasta dishes, salads, and starters. They've also added a few international flavours such as Thai Curry Prawns and Fraser River Sockeye Salmon with citrus ginger burre blanc and coconut rice cake.
Chef Leo of Vita Bella Bistro has over 25 years of experience. Born near Bari in the southern province of Puglia, Leo trained in the traditions of Italian cuisine, earning BC Red Seal certification in 1982. Vita Bella means 'beautiful life' in Italian. Vita Bella Bistro is a contemporary-designed restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere, outstanding Italian food and friendly service.
Sardis may seem quite a distance from Vancouver, but it's right off Highway 1. Travel time is only 1 hour 15 minutes (101.7 km), about the same as other Metro Vancouver cities. Abbotsford is only 25 minutes (33.4 km), travelling west, and Hope is 33 minutes (53.8 km), going east. Downtown Chilliwack is about 10 minutes (5.3 km) via Vedder Rd and Yale Rd.
BC Transit Route 7 Broadway connects Sardis with Downtown, with stops at Chilliwack Mall, Cottonwood Mall, Vedder and Luckukuk. Fraser Valley Express (FVX) offers scheduled trips to Abbotsford and Langley, and connection with TransLink's transit system into Vancouver. The Agassiz-Harrison Transit System connects Chilliwack with Rosedale, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.
Chilliwack Airport (YCW) is a 130-acre regional airport in Downtown Chilliwack, just north of Hwy 1. Far West Helicopters operates a fleet of 4 Bell 206 Jet Rangers based out of Chilliwack Airport, for commercial helicopter operations, charters and sightseeing.
Arts and Entertainment
Sardis Library is a multi-purpose library and community centre in the Watson Glen neighbourhood of Sardis. Facilities at this library location include full accessibility, wi-fi, book drop, self-check book drop, public Internet stations, colour copying and printing, and meeting rooms. Most of the cultural venues are in Downtown Chilliwack, about 10 minutes north of Sardis.
Chilliwack has two museums: the Chilliwack Museum and Archives and Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame. The Chilliwack Museum and Archives' exhibition galleries feature temporary exhibits that focus on aspects of Chilliwack’s human and natural history, culture and heritage. Feature exhibits are rotated annually. The Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the best athletes, teams, and coaches in Chilliwack's rich sporting history.
The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) offers instruction in acting, singing and dancing. The school is a nonprofit youth theatre arts studio, offering training and performance opportunities in theatre and musical theatre for ages 5 through 24.
Chilliwack Cultural Centre is a performing arts venue that is home to the Chilliwack Players' Guild and the Chilliwack Academy of Music. The Chilliwack Players' Guild has been part of the Chilliwack theatre tradition since 1931. Its membership is made up of local residents who want to become involved in theatre, whether on stage or behind the scenes. The Chilliwack Academy of Music is a nonprofit music school that makes the best teachers and learning experience available at a very competitive rate.
Sports and Recreation
Sardis has several excellent parks: Balmoral Park, Crossing Park, Peach Park, Roy Park, Sardis Park, Sheffield Dog Off-Leash Area, Watson Glen Park and Vedder Park. Perhaps the best known is Sardis Park. The 5-hectare park was created from a former gravel pit in 1971. The park has a 655-metre outer loop trail, pond walk, playgrounds and picnic tables.
Another popular park is Watson Glen Park, located beside the Twin Rinks Arena. This 11.12-hectare park also includes a 2 km walking trail around the perimeter. The park offers a playground area, baseball field, ball hockey pad, tennis courts, a network of walking paths and outdoor exercise areas.
Vedder Park provides lawn connections with the Rotary Trail and an informal picnic area. There are two fenced off-leash dog areas, making up nearly a hectare. The park is located on the paved Legacy Trail which runs through the east side of the park.
Webster Landing Skate Park is a new skateboard park in the Webster block. The facility provides challenges for all ages, skill levels and types of users from skateboarders, BMX’ers, scooter riders to inline skating. Features include handrails, ramps, banked ramps, stair sets, spine transfers and a centre dish feature.
The Vedder River Rotary Trail follows the banks of the Vedder River. The 8km trail is popular for running, biking, walking and horseback riding. The trail connects with the Vedder North Dyke Trail and Peach Creek Rotary Trail. Parking is available at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, Hopedale Road, Lickman Road, Peach Park and Vedder Park.
Cheam Leisure Centre is located in Garrison Village. The recreation complex features an aquatic centre, squash courts, weight room, and a double gymnasium. There's also an outdoor play area with spray park. There's a six-lane 25-metre competition pool with a 1-metre diving board in the adjoining aquatic centre, with a family hot tub, and dry sauna.
Chilliwack is known for its world-class fishing, in the Fraser and Vedder Rivers, and crystal clear lakes. The mighty Fraser River is the main artery for all five of the Pacific salmon species: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye. The Fraser is also home to the White Sturgeon, a prehistoric dinosaur fish. The Sturgeon is the largest freshwater species in North and South America, with behemoth fish weighing in at over 900 lb. Vedder River wild Pacific salmon and steelhead will test any angler's skills, with magnificent fish that put up an incredible fight.
Investing in Sardis
The mountain views of Sardis have caught the attention of developers, and new master-planned communities are being built on an ongoing basis. Lower prices than those in Abbotsford and Vancouver make Sardis an excellent place to invest in a first home to raise a family or a move-up property, and for seniors to downsize for retirement. The neighbourhoods are quiet, safe and affordable.
Chilliwack has experienced a recent five-year growth rate of 7.5% (2011–2016). Chilliwack has also earned top ranks for lowest taxes and fastest approvals, according to the 2017 Industrial Development Report Card, produced by NAIOP.
Affordable real estate, a strong economy, and skills-focused education positioned Chilliwack on the Top 10 List of BC Cities for Investment (2017), according to the British Columbia Investment Towns Report by the Real Estate Investment Network. Chilliwack boasts a stable 3% growth rate, and the area continues to attract new employers in retail/wholesale, professional services, tourism, creative industries and technology, manufacturing, agriculture and food processing, and more.
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