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A quick search around the Surrey real estate market for detached houses in the $200K to $400K range showed 24 properties.

Some were excellent first time buyer homes, some earmarked to be torn down but one thing was the same for the majority – they all had really nice sized yards. And for growing families that’s gold.

Families need the yard space for children to run around, build tree forts, install a trampoline and Surrey offers very nice lot sizes at reasonable prices.

For the serious gardner, the trees are mature, but there seems to be a lot of opportunity to create a haven in the back yard with more shrubs, grasses, vegetable plots and the like. The houses reviewed had spacious yards but were mostly lawn (a missed opportunity for the seller as landscaping adds value to the house).

With lot sizes starting in the 3600 square foot range and going up to 7000 square feet there is a lot of yard to love! On the City of Surrey website you can find more information on lot sizes by entering in the specific address into their COSMOS system – the instructions on how to use it are below

“To find a lot size (area) go into COSMOS, Surrey’s GIS mapping system, enter the address under “Address Search” and click the search button. Click the “Property Report” (house) icon at the top of the page for lot area and other information. For lot dimensions, click on the “Layers” icon at the top and go into Property>Lot Dimensions and turn on all the layers in this folder to show the dimensions of the property”

So if good lots size need to be a major box to tick, then Surrey is the place for you.