Volume 28 - Winter 2018

The Next Great City

What makes a great city great?


Thriving cities around the world share certain characteristics that make them globally appealing: urban energy, art, architecture, commerce, transit, natural spaces, and more. When city planners and visionaries predict the next great cities, they look for population growth, thoughtful infrastructure, and a strategy for future greatness. In any vibrant city, it’s a story of change, growth, and momentum.

And that exhilarating story is unfolding at this very moment in the City of Surrey. Surrey has long been anticipated to be the Lower Mainland’s next great city. Now, the wait is over.

Bigger, Better, Best

To say Surrey is experiencing rapid growth is an understatement. In fact, Surrey is growing three times faster than the rest of the region. Its thriving City Centre population is expanding even more rapidly, projected to double by 2041 – making it the largest city in BC. And for good reason.

Surrey is home to some of the best post-secondary education in the country, including Simon Fraser University’s Surrey Campus, Kwantlen Polytechnic, and a UBC Medical School teaching hospital. Public facilities of remarkable architecture dominate the landscape.
The jaw-dropping Surrey City Centre Library; the stunning Central City shopping mall, public plaza, and SFU campus with architecture by the late Bing Thom; and the ultra-contemporary Surrey Civic Centre all pay tribute to Surrey as a forward-looking, visionary city with a deep investment in its own future.

This is a transit hub, directly connected to downtown Vancouver via SkyTrain and highways, with plans to expand transit capabilities throughout the city in the near future (either with light rail or additional SkyTrain services). But there is no need to leave: Surrey is an increasingly desirable location for commerce, and with 1,300 businesses located in Surrey City Centre and increasing employment in the tech industry in particular, it is quickly becoming the Lower Mainland’s second downtown.

The best part? Residential housing prices in Surrey are 24 percent lower than in Vancouver, making it a highly desirable location for millennials and young families looking to get into the market without compromising their urban lifestyle. And with the rapid growth Surrey is experiencing, it’s also proving to be a great city to invest in. An amazing place to live more affordably, with everything you need all around and direct connection to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland – what a great city.

Surrey’s Central Park

Often referred to as Surrey’s “central park,” Holland Park is a beautiful 25-acre expanse of urban greenspace, set in the midst of Surrey’s most exciting City Centre district. Across the road from Central City Shopping and Simon Fraser University, minutes to the Surrey Central SkyTrain station, this central park is at once vibrant and pleasant. Holland Park forms a vital part of this contemporary community, thoughtfully programmed with walking paths, sports fields, a playground, gardens and more; and is a long-standing host to music festivals and events such as Movie Under The Stars and Fusion Festival.

Townline selected this prime location as the perfect place for a collection of immaculate one- to three-bedroom residences that embrace all the excitement of a forward-looking community characterized by growth, change, and energy. The Holland will offer a rare opportunity: desirable parkside living at the epicentre of a vibrant, urban city centre. Two towers overlook 25 acres of contemporary greenspace, steps to transit, shops, and services. Urban connectivity in a distinct parkside setting: it’s the desired lifestyle of today, with endless future potential. Learn more about The Holland at

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