The birthplace of BC
40 minutes outside Vancouver (traffic depending), Langley is promoted as “the place to be.” Certainly, it has a lot to offer. It has lots of outdoor activities and schools, drawing in families. It also has Fort Langley National Historic Site, which draws over 60,000 people to the city every year. Despite all this though, Langley is sometimes dismissed as just being a bedroom community for Vancouver. Not that Langley ISN’T a bedroom community for the city. It is. It’s just also got its own thing going on too!
Up until last year, Langley was the most affordable community around Vancouver. That isn’t going to last though. Even now, the city is growing by leaps and bounds, with housing getting tighter and tighter. The extreme level of demand coupled with the limited supply is bound to make prices shoot up any day. Even the Langley mayor is warning potential residents to jump on a place now – or risk losing out.
Typical housing type:
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian towns and regions
Langley is 13% higher than the Canadian average
If you’re apartment hunting in Langley, you’re going to be faced with a whole lot of houses. Most are 3-bedrooms or more and feature amenities like dishwashers and yards. Maybe even a pool!
While studios and 1-bedroom units are almost impossible to find, there are some larger condos and apartments, including some luxury rentals. Searching for something downtown? Make sure you look all units up on a map as many of the “downtown” listings on rental websites aren’t as central as they’re advertised to be…
While there’s a good spread of ages represented in Langley, there is a slightly larger population in their 30s. This should come as no surprise, as Langley draws young people who can’t afford to live in Vancouver proper. Many locals are single or partnered up. There are a lot of residents who are either moving to town so they can settle into a home before starting a family or who have just had a baby. Langley residents tend to have a passion for the outdoors – and a love of housing that isn’t wildly overpriced.
Perfect for: Young couples and families who want a backyard and money in the bank.
Not-so-perfect for: Seniors. It’s not like it’s bad for seniors, there just isn’t that much of a community or support.
Life & Style
Life in Langley is a good balance of work and fun. Locals tend to work hard on their careers, but enjoy taking downtime too, spending it with their partners or families. Outdoor activities are favoured – and there are many on offer, from horseback riding to golf to a simple day at the park. The city blends family-friendly activities with more adult fun, like wine tours of BC vineyards. Langley also has a strong sense of community, built through local events like festivals.
Langley has a number of beautiful natural spaces, including the famous Campbell Valley Regional Park. There are over 40 schools in the area. If you’re interested in history, head over to the Fort Langley National Historic Site. Food and wine lovers may enjoy exploring downtown, as well as the area’s many vineyards. Langley may not be known for its nightlife, but it exists, ranging from clubs to karaoke bars. If you have youngsters, the Greater Vancouver Zoo makes for a good day out. Of course, Vancouver and Whistler are also both within driving distance.
Canadian Museum of Flight
Fort Langley National Historic Site
Greater Vancouver Zoo
Derby Reach Regional Park
Township 7 Vineyards & Winery