Discover 4 Things That Make Whalley Hip And Cool

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Is it too expensive for first time home owners to buy a place in Vancouver? I know the buzz is that we are the most expensive city in Canada to live in, but I think the smart and hip will figure out a way to make homeownership possible. Take Whalley, for example. A neighbourhood in Surrey with access to downtown Vancouver via the Skytrain in 35 minutes. It has an energizing food and lifestyle scene, plus where else can you buy a condo for under 200k, enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, toss back a cold craft beer and have Sunday Brunch at a diner that has been around for over 60 years?

Mexican Tacos at Taquiero Jalisco Whalley

Venue Let’s start with where to live because that is the heart of your life. A 10-minute walk from the Gateway Skytrain station is a new development under construction called Venue. I toured the show suite, and if you were to build one of these 1 bedroom units in Yaletown, they would easily go for $500,000+. Here they are selling for a mere $200,000. Well within most working people’s budget.

Venue Living Room & Den show suite

Inside the Venue show suite, kitchen and living room

Bedroom at Venue show suite

Ultramodern appliances, open concept living and amenities such as a gym and communal rooftop patio complete with BBQ area make for easy living and guarantee you’re the host with the most. Did I mention they are planning on having a custom beer brewed just for the rooftop? No more going to the liquor store if you have guests pop over for a BBQ.

venue Rooftop lounge in Whalley

Venue show suite Balcony design and layout

Taqueria Jalisco 13646 Grosvenor Road Got a craving for authentic Mexican food? Less than a 5-minute walk from your home at Venue you’ll find yourself at the unpretentious Taqueria Jalisco. Plastic tablecloths are on the tables and sombreros adorn the walls. This is where you go for $2 tacos and Dos Equis. Order as many as you need to satisfy your hunger, it won’t break the bank. I recommend the Carne Asada (steak) and the Pollo (chicken). BONUS: Also a great place to pick up Mexican hot sauces and other specialties. Muy Bueno.

Taquiero Jalisco in Whalley

$2 Tacos at Taquiero Jalisco Whalley

Mexican hot sauces on sale at Taquiero Jalisco

Round Up Cafe 10449 King George Hwy It doesn’t get any more old school than the Round Up Cafe. Open since 1949; this diner has served up exactly what the customers wanted; home cooked food like Grandma makes. A hugely popular brunch spot, this place is famous for three things: Perogies, Ukrainian Sausage and Cabbage Rolls. This diner hasn’t changed much in 68 years, and why should it? It is perfect just the way it is. Oh, by the way, the waitress is not named Flo.

Round Up Cafe Whalley

Perogies, Ukrainian Sausage & Cabbage Rolls from Round Up Cafe Whalley

3 Central City Brew Pub 13450 102nd Ave   One stop on the Skytrain past the Gateway station and you arrive at Central City, home to SFU’s Surrey Campus and a nice mall with all the shops you need. It is also home to Central City Brew Pub and Red Racer Beer. For those nights when you don’t want to cook, there is no better place to gather with friends, enjoy a cold pint or two and watch what’s on the big screen. You are also steps away from one of the best outdoor entertainment plazas in the entire Lower Mainland. Happy Hour is from 3-6 pm every day, and the Sunday special is 1/2 price Burgers! Will this be the new Sunday night routine?

Central City Brew Pub in Surrey

Central City Raspberry Wheat Ale

4 Sports Sports Sports Do you like football? Walking distance from Gateway Skytrain station is the BC Lions Training Facility at 10605 City Parkway. Open to the public; you can watch your favourite Leo practice their moves before the big game.

BC Lions at practice by Did You Know Dowtown Surrey

If football isn’t your thing, how about baseball? Whalley Little League has been hitting the ball out of the ballpark at 106a Ave. for 60 years. With over 34 National titles and four appearances at the Little League World Series, this team is synonymous with excellence and hard work. Take yourself out to the ballgame and enjoy an afternoon of sports excellence.  The Little Leaguers you watch today may play in the Majors in just a few years time.

Whalley Little League

This is what I discovered in an afternoon, imagine what you could uncover if you lived at Venue. Yes, Vancouver is expensive, but it is the best place in the World to live, and Whalley may just be the perfect fit of affordability and eclectic urban diversity. Best of all you’d still have some money left over after the mortgage is paid to explore all the area has to offer & plan that epic adventure vacation. 

Map of what's cool & hip in Whalley

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This is a sponsored post by Venue. The content is 100% my own as are my opinions and views.


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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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