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  • Writer's pictureDiana Meneses

Life in Vancouver: Living in Langley, BC

Updated: Feb 25


Living in Langley, Boy in Park with dog, grassy park, blue sky mostly clear
McLeod Athletic Park Langley, BC


Life in Vancouver, as beautiful and as convenient as it can be, can get hectic and quite expensive. With the ever-growing transit systems available, affordable housing (when compared to Vancouver, BC) and array of amenities; moving to the suburbs (such as Langley) can be very tempting.


But like any living environment, there are pros and cons to consider. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the most significant advantages and disadvantages - in my point of view- of living in Langley, BC.


First things first, where exactly is Langley, BC located? Langley is considered part of the Greater Vancouver area - also known as Metro Vancouver. It is located around 40km southwest of Vancouver, towards the Washington Border. In car, the drive from from Langley to Vancouver would be anywhere between 40 to 60 minutes depending on traffic and your location exactly. On transit you are looking around 60 to 90 minutes. Although there is currently a project to bring the skytrain all the way to Langley (which will make commuting to Vancouver extremely faster and easier). You can read more about that project by clicking this link here.


Okay, so now that we know where exactly is Langley located, let's dive into the pro's and the con's.


Pros:


Space: One of the main attractions of Langley is that residents have more space. Houses are generally larger than those in the city, and the yards and green spaces are larger too. This is a great option for families with children, as it provides a safe place for them to play outside.


Housing Affordability: This goes hand-in-hand with space since you generally get a 'bigger bang for your buck' in Langley - regardless if you are renting or buying.


If you are looking into renting two great places to look would be Facebook Marketplace and Craiglist.



Quieter Environment: Suburban life is generally quieter than city life. Although during the day it can get traffic from commuters, during the night it is significantly more quiet than Vancouver.


Family Oriented: The amount of families moving to Langley in the last couple of years has been incredible. With new developments, plenty of playgrounds and all the same stores and amenities; it is very easy to make mom-friends and find plenty of family-oriented activities year round.


Plenty of farms: Langley is surrounded by fruits and vegetable farms. These provide great weekend activities as well as fresh, organic ingredients for you to buy. Here is a link to one we love Kraus Berry Farms.


Cons:


Commute Time: Commuting to work or school from Langley can be a major drawback. The distance from Vancouver means that residents often have longer commutes and can spend a lot of time sitting in traffic.


Less access to nature: Langley is farther away from the ocean and the mountains when compared to Vancouver.


Large wait times for programs: Given the fact that many individuals and family have moved to Langley, there is often a big wait time for specific programs (such as swim classes, preschools, etc).


Lots of construction: Langley is undoubtedly growing and it is common to see construction sites. These often generate traffic in surrounding areas.


Conclusion

Living in Langley, BC offers a unique blend of urban and rural living, with its own advantages and disadvantages. It is essential to weigh the pros and cons and determine what is most important to you when considering suburban living. Whether you are looking for more space, a quieter environment, or affordability, Langley can provide a fantastic option for those who choose to call it home.



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