White Rock Houses for Sale
Search all White Rock Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. White Rock, BC is a unique city in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. White Rock is only around an hour’s drive to downtown Vancouver, yet it maintains a charming small-town atmosphere that has become a popular destination for retirees, young families, and those looking to retain urban amenities while living in a laid-back environment.
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White Rock Real Estate Market
White Rock features an ideal waterfront location and easy access to big-city amenities. For this reason, it’s a highly desirable real estate market. Properties along the White Rock beachfront can reach some sky-high price tags and come in an eclectic range of styles inspired by similar beachfront destinations south of the border.
Housing styles in White Rock range from humble cottages to high-end estates. Commercial areas, including the Five Corners shopping district and Upper Town Centre continue to grow and offer promising real estate investment opportunities.
In White Rock, you can find relatively affordable single-family properties on modest-sized lots. There are also options when it comes to condo developments that offer great ocean views. Altus White Rock is a condo development that began construction in 2019, and it has 126 units that range in size from around 800 up to nearly 3000 square feet.
About White Rock, BC
It isn’t only White Rock’s proximity to Vancouver that makes it a convenient place to call home. It’s only minutes away from the US border and is itself bordered on three sides by Surrey, allowing access to an extensive array of amenities. White Rock boasts eight kilometers of beautiful shoreline, and its beachfront atmosphere carries over to the excellent options for seafood dining in the city.
White Rock was named after the huge 486-ton boulder on the beach, used as a beacon by sailors centuries ago. Back then, this eponymous rock was kept a startling white by seagull guano, but these days the city ensures this symbol always has a fresh coat of white paint.
Getting to White Rock
White Rock is mainly accessible to surrounding areas by way of the highways that pass through it. Highway 99—also called the Fraser Delta Thruway when it’s south of Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Highway when it’s north of Vancouver—puts White Rock within easy access of surrounding areas and the US border.
White Rock is linked to the surrounding Surrey and New Westminster areas by the King George Highway, and you can easily access the Trans-Canada Highway using Johnston Road.
The White Rock Centre bus exchange is where many of the city’s buses run through. Buses may be the most convenient way to access Surrey and Langley from White Rock. Accessing Vancouver using public transit means riding a bus to Bridgeport station and transferring onto the Canada Line for a quick trip into Vancouver.
The closest airport to White Rock is in Bellingham, Washington—around a thirty-minute drive, depending on traffic. But because of the border crossing, this is typically not the most convenient way to access White Rock.
For many smaller flights, the Abbotsford Airport is around forty-five minutes from White Rock by car. The Vancouver International Airport is around an hour away by car and is also easily accessible via the Canada Line for more international options.
White Rock Weather
White Rock’s expansive beach access and laid-back atmosphere make it a popular and unique destination for visitors and investors alike. But another one of White Rock’s most attractive features is its weather.
The climate in White Rock is moderate. In the summertime, temperatures plateau in the low twenties, while they tend to hover in the low single digits in the winter.
Because White Rock is on the ocean but not too close to the Coast Mountains, it isn’t as foggy as other municipalities in the Lower Mainland. White Rock is also around 20% sunnier than Vancouver on average, adding up to a genuinely mild and pleasant climate.
White Rock Culture
White Rock has a rich cultural landscape, and the city’s quaint atmosphere makes it a popular hub for artists and craftspeople. One great way to engage with the city’s arts scene is to participate in the Art Walk, which offers visitors a chance to stroll along the scenic promenade while meeting artists and engaging with their works.
There are numerous opportunities to view public art within the city of White Rock. The city also puts on four festivals each year, including the Tour de White Rock, a popular bicycle race that hundreds of riders worldwide participate in every year.
White Rock Education
White Rock is part of the Surrey school district, with 104 elementary schools and 20 secondary schools. However, there are two elementary schools; Peace Arch and White Rock Elementary in White Rock. There are no secondary schools in the White Rock district, and therefore students attend one of the 20 secondary schools in the district. White Rock does have two independent schools; Eaton Arrowsmith School and St John Paul II Academy.
White Rock Health Care
Health services in White Rock are provided by Fraser Health—one of the five health care regions of British Columbia, serving nearly two million people.
Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock provides primary, secondary, and specialized services to residents, with a capacity of 171 beds. There are also several home and community services available to residents of White Rock at the White Rock and South Surrey Home Health Office.
Things to Do in White Rock
One of the most famous activities for White Rock’s residents and visitors alike to participate in is to head down to the historic pier, which was built more than a hundred years ago. It stretches out half a kilometer into the ocean and offers beautiful views of the mountains, the San Juan Islands, and fishermen bringing in the day’s catches.
An excellent way to get to know the local community during the summer months is to head down to the White Rock Farmers’ Market. Local growers supply delicious seasonal produce, and vendors offer fresh local specialties. And there’s more than shopping to enjoy at the Farmers’ Market; live music, fun activities, and great artwork all help make the Farmers’ Market an engaging and affordable activity for the whole family.
A great way to unwind in White Rock is to head to one of the city’s local breweries. 3 Dogs Brewing opened fairly recently—back in 2017—and has established itself as an excellent spot to sip a stellar beer, grab a salty snack, and socialize with friends.
White Rock Realtors
Are you thinking of buying or selling a home in White Rock? If you’re looking to buy a home, contact our Loyal Homes real estate agents, who can answer all your White Rock community, neighbourhood, and real estate questions.
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