In today's COVID-19 pandemic environment, physical distancing (or social distancing) is a necessary safety measurement to contain the spread of the virus. This necessity for space between people reinforces the benefits of having some elbow room or breathing room. Space is at a premium in dense urban areas, especially the core areas in and around the major city.
Locally, Vancouver proper is the hub around which everything else radiates. Vancouver is reknowned for its high density and modern condo towers. However, with density comes compromise; less room for living both inside and outside your home. Smaller and tigher condos, properties, houses etc. means people end up in closer proximity to one another. Shopping, attending services and community outings often see many people clustered in any particular space, at one time. There are many faces in smaller spaces. For these reasons, I think that the suburbs of the Fraser Valley offer some promise and benefits to people looking to leave more dense cities like Vancouver or Burnaby, to find more personal space.
The Fraser Valley offers a variety of property types that afford greater personal space and by extension social distancing. Less density, larger lots, acreages, rural land etc. characterize the many great options of places like Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford. You can isolate yourself on a rural acreage or farm land if you choose. Or you may decide to stick to a traditional single-family detached home neighbourhood that offer 6,000 sq.ft. plus lot sizes. This provides good seperation between you and your neighours.
I have specialized in different aspects of Fraser Valley real estate since 2008. I know various options available in the Fraser Valley markets that may be appealing to those buyers looking to leave the hustle and bustle of dense urban living. There are a fewer faces in larger spaces in the Fraser Valley cities and towns. This makes it a great place to live.
Please contact me to discuss what housing options might make sense to you anywhere between Surrey and Chilliwack. I'd be happy to help with a no-pressure and no-obligation approach.