Community – of all the real estate advice we have given people in the over thirty years in the profession, one of the most important is “pick your community first, your accommodation next”. There is no point in having the most beautiful house in a neighbourhood or community that just doesn’t fit your lifestyle – or intended lifestyle.
Fort Langley has grown, not without certain stresses and pains over the years, from a little backwater where houses that were in the path of the newly planned TransCanada Highway were moved in to get them out of the way. But now thanks to the efforts and energy of it’s residents, businesses and volunteers, Fort Langley has become a vibrant and dynamic community. It’s grown and changed, and has become one of the most desirable locations in the Lower Mainland.
The history of Fort Langley as the Birthplace of BC, goes way back to the Hudson Bay Fort, dirt streets, wooden sidewalks, hastily constructed buildings, gold rush businesses – some of questionable character. But that’s its history, not its heritage – the heritage of Fort Langley is this community spirit that has been forged over the years. It’s that diverse group of people discussing the issues of the day in a local coffee shop. It’s the “characters” (and you know who you are), the artists, the entrepreneurs, the families, the Fine Arts School. It’s a great relationship with the Kwantlen Band. And it’s the changing look of a dynamic community growing with the times and not mired in the its history, but remembering , respecting and celebrating it.
It’s a “pedestrian friendly” village with wonderful dining and shopping choices. With the addition of Bedford Landing, and developments like McBride Station, the Coulter-Berry building, the Reid Block, Fort Langley just keeps getting better and better. Run, walk, paddle, row, cycle or just sit on a bench by the river and contemplate the meaning of life.
Fort Langley… a very special place!!