If you’ve been pondering Langley Township as a possible place to live, you’re in good company. The many neighborhoods in the township – as well as Langley City (which is its own entity) – provide a feeling of being removed from the hubbub of a large city yet offer residents of all ages plenty to keep them busy, from visiting historic sites to playing in picturesque parks to shopping in everything from big box stores to charming boutiques that peddle a variety of wares.
One of the first municipalities in British Columbia to be incorporated back in 1873, the township of Langley is closely tied to Fort Langley and the birth of the province. Part of the Metro Vancouver Regional District, it’s a lovely area that has long attracted BCers who are looking for a mix of urban and suburban with a little bit of an agricultural vibe thrown in for good measure, especially in the southern portion of the township.
Close to the US border and the city of Surrey, Langley has numerous neighbourhoods that attract a variety of individuals, particularly those interested in building a home that provides easy access to Vancouver yet provides a bit of a different lifestyle.
Mostly-residential Brookswood, for example, is popular with families and the place many Langley residents head for shopping, since it offers a mix of very recognizable stores as well as plenty of family-owned shops and restaurants.
Conversely, Fernridge was once a large farming area and is now a smallish neighbourhood that is home to the very popular Campbell Valley Park, where residents flock to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, from hikes and cycling to a lively game of basketball or a visit to the playground. Formed from six historical farm plots, it’s also great for picnics and is popular with equestrians.
If you’re looking for a larger lot, Murrayville might be the answer. This historic area is also known for its stately homes from days-gone-by and is the location of Langley Memorial Hospital, which has been serving the community since 1948, when it was a much smaller, mostly-rural township.
Walnut Grove and Willoughby are the right choices for many homeowners who continue to commute to Vancouver and other outlying areas. Both are close to the Trans-Canada Highway and are very established neighbourhoods, made attractive by mature, large trees and lots of greenery as well as plenty of other amenities.
For families with children, schools are always an important part of the decision as to where to build their home.
Langley Township and Langley City are both served by School District 35 Langley. This district includes one francophone elementary school – a French first language option for residents – and the Langley Fine Arts School, an elementary AND secondary school that attracts not only those who live in Langley but those out of the local area as well. Students most audition or submit a portfolio for admission, and the school’s dance, drama, music, and visual arts programs are highly-regarded. Photography and writing are also available in the upper grades.
Plenty of wine
While proximity to wineries may not be top of your list when making a decision to live in Langley, it’s interesting to note that the township is an important part of British Columbia’s wine-making industry. Thanks to the area’s temperate climate, growing grapes is easy here and, as such, the wines produced here have been award-winning, in many instances.
Currently, there are more than a half-dozen fully-operating wineries in Langley, where guests can participate in tours and tasting and – of course – purchase bottles of their favorite vintage. A few of them also have cafes on site, where visitors can enjoy a light meal with a view of the lovely vineyards.
Custom homebuilding in Langley
While building lots in certain neighbourhoods may be harder to come by than in others, there are still plenty of options for building a custom home in Langley. At F.M. Construction, we can help you get started by identifying available lots or we can work with you and/or your architect to craft a custom home design that’s perfect for the lot you already own.
As experts in building homes in Langley, we’re well-acquainted with all local zoning laws and can make sure your building project is as stress-free as possible, sticking close to you every step of the way until we’re ready to hand you the keys to your new home.
For more information on the benefits of living in Langley and how we can help you realize your custom homebuilding dream, call us at 604-880-4081 or use the contact form on this website.