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Old 03-26-2013, 12:23 AM   #26
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When people ask where I live i used to say Surrey. I would always get the "Surrey" comments from the "outlanders". I grew up in a great community but I almost always refer to my area as the "Fraser Heights Area" and not surrey for a clear reason. Best to avoid Guildford and City Centre area. Newton and Delta are personal preference.
I've told Surrey residents that I live in East Van and they think i live in Downtown Eastside

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The only part of Surrey I like is North Delta just because some of my friends live around there and it's seems like a nice area, that's probably the only part of Surrey I go to mostly. Another thing I hate is "surrey jacks" tend to just stare you down for no reason and they speed around in the residential areas with their shitty ass cars.
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The only part of Surrey I like is North Delta just because some of my friends live around there and it's seems like a nice area, that's probably the only part of Surrey I go to mostly. Another thing I hate is "surrey jacks" tend to just stare you down for no reason and they speed around in the residential areas with their shitty ass cars.
Uh north delta is in DELTA not surrey lol
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The only part of Surrey I like is North Delta just because some of my friends live around there and it's seems like a nice area, that's probably the only part of Surrey I go to mostly. Another thing I hate is "surrey jacks" tend to just stare you down for no reason and they speed around in the residential areas with their shitty ass cars.
My fav part of surrey is abbotsford
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can anyone give me something about fleetwood area? lol just curious
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can anyone give me something about fleetwood area? lol just curious
I grew up in Fleetwood, and would have no issue living there again.

In fact, my cousin works downtown and has lived in Coal Harbor, Lonsdale, and PoMo, but set down his permanent roots in Fleetwood.

The majority of the homes were built in the early/mid-nineties, construction quality is good.

The library and recreation center were both built in the mid/late-nineties, they're nothing short of amazing quality and are very large. Growing up there, it was a privilege to have access to them.

Two Ee's is amazing, its an organic vegetable farm/market in the heart of town. Sounds very hipster, but its been open for decades and has always been organic.

The community is very diverse, the mix of ethnicities is significant and no single one is dominant.

A number of great parks in the immediate area or close.

Very safe neighborhood.

Housing is affordable, and there's actually quite a good mix of lower-to-higher end housing.

Traffic isn't too bad.

Good access to the core of Surrey, Langley, White Rock, Highway 1.

There are a few pubs in the area and some decent smaller restaurants, but mostly you'll need to drive a bit.

All in all, not a bad place to live.

If I were looking to raise a family, I would very strongly be considering moving back.

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My family and I have lived in Fleetwood for about 6 years now and have not had any problems. Like mentioned above you will see the "Ford Mustangs on every block blasting bhangra music with their top down" every now and then but to be honest it's a decent place. We had more problems living in Burnaby not too far from the EA building where we had our house/cars broken into along with our neighbours homes.
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I've live in Surrey (Guildford) area for the majority of my life. Moved here from East Van when I was 7. I live on 156 and 100th which is right by Fraser Heights. Don't listen to the people that know nothing about Surrey other than what they see/hear on the news, from their friends or are just plain ignorant. Every city has it's safe/unsafe areas. Generally speaking, my area of Surrey is safe, you want to avoid Whalley/Newton area. Fleetwood, Guildford and Fraser Heights are the best areas to live IMO. I live right by the highway so getting in and out is nice and quick, even faster now that they made a 156 street exit

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if you don't like your neighbour, there's a higher likelihood than in vancouver of them being killed by a rogue bullet in a drive by
bcrdukes doesn't live there, so he won't get public services removed by harassing mayors about them

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I've lived in Surrey (Guildford) area for the majority of my life. Moved here from East Van when I was 7. I live on 156 and 100th which is right by Fraser Heights. Don't listen to the people that know nothing about Surrey other than what they see/hear on the news or are just plain ignorant. Every city has it's safe/unsafe areas. Generally speaking, my area of Surrey is safe, you want to avoid Whalley/Newton area. Fleetwood, Guildford and Fraser Heights are the best areas to live IMO. I live right by the highway so getting in and out is nice and quick, even faster now that they made a 156 street exit
Surrey is a very well-run municipality, which has lead to Newton and Whalley becoming much improved over recent years. Consider this - Whalley has multiple Skytrain stops, a SFU campus, a couple decent bars (Central City), a large community center, an outdoor concert series is hosted at Holland Park, there's great access to the Port Mann, a number of new high rises, it has immediate proximity to Guilford with a large mall, library, and RCMP headquarters, and so on. Compare Whalley to Burnaby, there's not a insignificant number of similarities. Whalley and Burnaby's distances from Vancouver is the most significant difference, but the Skytrain and Port Mann access make that very manageable. My friend recently purchased a home in Whalley, I was impressed by the immediate area and walking to Surrey Central is manageable. Considering Vancouver residents most common and tangible criticism of their area is the cost of real estate, not giving Whalley an unbiased look seems foolish. Newton is a little more, how should I say, burby; it's not bad either though, and only improving. Newton has the Big Ridge pub, Kwantlen's Surrey campus, great access to highway 10, and I could go on. So again, not giving Newton a fair look seems foolish given the comparatively affordable cost of living.

That's my take, but others are welcome to disagree. I won't shy away from giving an honest opinion: Vancouver, Burnaby, and Richmond residents often come across as nothing but pretentious in their criticisms of other neighborhoods.

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Surrey is currently undergoing a phase of development
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It rhymes with Curry
Streets are easy to navigate/locate
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Bigger than Vancouver
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Not disagreeing with you, but I guess that's like any city you're unfamiliar with... But to be honest I find Surrey's street's a lot easier to navigate... and I find it strange when people from Vancouver disagree.

Ex. I know that every if I'm traveling in Surrey there is a major intersection every 4 blocks... 96th... 100th.. 104th.. 108th... and they increment in numeric sequence. If someone lives on 10360 and 128th you know they live at the intersection of 104th and 128th.

For someone new to surrey, if you need to get to 156th and you're at 148th, you can kind of work your way if you notice the direction that the numbers are increasing/decreasing...

But if it's my first time in Van, how am I supposed to know that Clark turns into Knight, etc?
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Surrey is a very well-run municipality, which has lead to Newton and Whalley becoming much improved over recent years. Consider this - Whalley has multiple Skytrain stops, a SFU campus, a couple decent bars (Central City), a large community center, an outdoor concert series is hosted at Holland Park, there's great access to the Port Mann, a number of new high rises, it has immediate proximity to Guilford with a large mall, library, and RCMP headquarters, and so on. Compare Whalley to Burnaby, there's not a insignificant number of similarities. Whalley and Burnaby's distances from Vancouver is the most significant difference, but the Skytrain and Port Mann access make that very manageable. My friend recently purchased a home in Whalley, I was impressed by the immediate area and walking to Surrey Central is manageable. Considering Vancouver residents most common and tangible criticism of their area is the cost of real estate, not giving Whalley an unbiased look seems foolish. Newton is a little more, how should I say, burby; it's not bad either though, and only improving. Newton has the Big Ridge pub, Kwantlen's Surrey campus, great access to highway 10, and I could go on. So again, not giving Newton a fair look seems foolish given the comparatively affordable cost of living.

That's my take, but others are welcome to disagree. I won't shy away from giving an honest opinion: Vancouver, Burnaby, and Richmond residents often come across as nothing but pretentious in their criticisms of other neighborhoods.
I should have been clearer when talking about Whalley and Newton. The bad part of Whalley is the 108th and King George area all the way down to Scott road Skytrain station. The Sketchy part of Newton is by the wavepool and up king george.

I totally agree with you about people from Vancouver, Burnaby, and Richmond be pretentious. Let them keep thinking the way they do
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Not disagreeing with you, but I guess that's like any city you're unfamiliar with... But to be honest I find Surrey's street's a lot easier to navigate... and I find it strange when people from Vancouver disagree.

Ex. I know that every if I'm traveling in Surrey there is a major intersection every 4 blocks... 96th... 100th.. 104th.. 108th... and they increment in numeric sequence. If someone lives on 10360 and 128th you know they live at the intersection of 104th and 128th.

For someone new to surrey, if you need to get to 156th and you're at 148th, you can kind of work your way if you notice the direction that the numbers are increasing/decreasing...

But if it's my first time in Van, how am I supposed to know that Clark turns into Knight, etc?
It was mostly a joke, however I used to get lost a lot when I was younger and living out there. And I got lost trying to find the Jim Pattison Health Centre or whatever it's called. Somehow I ended up at the RCMP station (I actually blame google maps for that though). I was thinking more along the lines of the outlying areas, such as the areas around 64th. Maybe I'm just directionally challenged

On the flip side, I actually find it really easy to navigate burnaby and vancouver, despite the streets being names instead of numbers. Even when I had just moved here from Langley, I didn't really have too much of an issue finding my way around.
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Surrey has a bad rap. Yes, some of it has been justified in the past, but it's largely overblown by the perceived stereotype that outsiders usually have. To write off Surrey because of Whalley Ring Road is like writing off Burnaby because of Middlegate (before they redeveloped that whole area into Highgate) or downtown Vancouver because of the DTES. Every city has it's good and bad places. There are some very nice areas in Surrey, notably White Rock/Crescent Beach, Morgan Creek, Fraser Heights, etc. Even areas like Cloverdale have been experiencing a rebirth of sorts and has become relatively nice to visit again. Hell, even going down King George by the Gateway station is slowing being revitalized. Not quickly, but I'll bet within ten years time you wont even recognize how it looked even two years ago.

Just don't assume a city is one big crime-infested shit hole because that's what you've "heard."

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I totally agree with you about people from Vancouver, Burnaby, and Richmond be pretentious. Let them keep thinking the way they do
despite Surrey being the 2nd largest city in BC...I guess it's because Burnaby and Richmond is in close proximity to Vancouver and its downtown core...hence people automatically assume relatively affordable housing + longer commute = not the greatest area which is fact wrong as there's plenty of nice areas in Surrey.

Again it goes back to the city vs 'burbs argument...if you work in or nearby Surrey it's definitely favourable. If you commute to Vancouver a lot you have to consider if cheaper housing is a good trade off to sitting in 9-5 traffic jam on HWY 1.
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...is like writing off Burnaby because of Middlegate (before they redeveloped that whole area into Highgate)
No... that area is still a write off....
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