I came across the story below discussing the growing trend towards an exodus from urban centres, like Vancouver. The article contained a couple of interesting findings...
"A recent Leger Marketing survey conducted for ReMax found that one-third of Canadians polled in July said they no longer want to live in large urban areas and instead would opt for rural and suburban communities. The survey also says 44 per cent of Canadians want a home with more space for personal amenities, such as a pool, balcony or a large yard. Another survey of Ontario residents conducted by Nanos for the Ontario Real Estate Association found about three out of five who were actively in the market for real estate agreed or somewhat agreed that living in a rural area or suburbs is more appealing to them now than it was prior to the pandemic."
For homeowners or renters in large urban centres like Vancouver or Burnaby, the Fraser Valley offers some great options for those looking for more space, bigger living areas or larger yards. If peace and quiet is one's goal, the Fraser Valley has great peaceful communities and neighbourhoods too.
If commuting to Metro Vancouver's urban core isn't a primary consideration, then I would suggest at least a few beautfiul places to check out as prospective new homes. Abbotsford and Chilliwack are obvious choices for many looking to the Eastern Fraser Valley. Houses have risen greatly in price in these cities in recent years and may or may not be an option for some. If they are within your budget, both offer excellent housing choices and sub-communities.
The District of Kent or Aggasiz both offer stunning scenery and serenity. These communities are also only about 1.5 hours to downtown Vancouver (traffic dependent). They offer a small town vibe that is very peaceful. If you would like these features, plus being close to water, then only a few short minutes away is Harrision Hot Springs. There, Harrison Lake offers natural beauty and recreational opportunities on the water. It is a tourist and visitor magnet in the peak summer months, but the inside roads and residences are generally out of the way of the main strip of Esplanade Ave.
Mission is an often overlooked community but offers a great location and is great for families. It offers the best of both urban and rural living, as it offers great community facilities, amazing rural recreation and everyday conveniences that big box stores offer. It is a sleepy bedroom community for many people who work closer to the city.
For those willing to drive especially far afield, then Hope is essentially the last community somewhat reasonably close enough to easily access Metro Vancouver by vehicle.
If you are looking to move out of busier urban communities in Metro Vancouver, like Vancouver proper, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam etc. then please reach out to me and I can offer some more details on our wonderful Fraser Valley communities that offer great housing options and tremendous relative value. I'd love to help you find a great fit for your housing needs.