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Irrepressible New Westminster

General Characteristics

New Westminster 1 New Westminster, historically an important city in the Lower Mainland of mountainous British Columbia, Canada, and now a municipality of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, was the capital of the mainland Colony of British Columbia from 1858 until merger of the mainland and island colonies in 1866 and was the province’s largest city until Vancouver overtook it in population early in the 20th Century. New Westminster is in the southeastern part of the Burrard Peninsula on the north bank of the Fraser River about 12 miles from the City of Vancouver, adjacent to Burnaby and Coquitlam, and across the Fraser River from Surrey. The Queensborough portion of New Westminster is on the eastern tip of Lulu Island adjacent to Richmond on the river downstream. Total city land area is 5.9 square miles. In the 2011 Census the population was 65,976, of which in census terms “visible minorities,” mostly Asian, accounted for about 35, “aboriginals” 4, and “European Canadians” 61 percent.

Historical Development

The discovery of gold in British Columbia caused fear of an American invasion and takeover. For this reason, the colonial government in 1859 established Queensborough as the first official capital for its defensible location and communication facilities by water. The London government, however, did not favor “Queensborough,” so Queen Victoria renamed the city after Westminster, where the Houses of Parliament stand. From this renaming by the queen came the official nickname “The Royal City.” A year later, New Westminster became the first British Columbia city to incorporate under an elected municipal government. It was then the principal staging point for prospectors traveling to the gold fields beyond Yale and Port Douglas up the Fraser River.

New Westminster 3When the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island merged in 1866, Victoria on Vancouver Island, not New Westminster on the mainland, became the capital of British Columbia by a vote of 13 to 8 in the legislature. After British Columbia became the sixth province of the Dominion of Canada, the Royal City’s economy benefited from the Canadian Pacific Railway extension to Vancouver with a spur to New Westminster in 1886, although most rail traffic went to Vancouver, where the port never froze, unlike the Fraser River in winter at New Westminster. Twelve years later, in 1898, a devastating fire destroyed most of downtown New Westminster. New Westminster’s Chinatown, one of the earliest and largest in the mainland colony, perished in the Great Fire of 1898, and none remains in New Westminster today.

Columbia Street

The downtown heart of New Westminster close to the city waterfront, Columbia Street in its heyday was the main commercial retail and service centre for Burnaby, Coquitlam, and the whole Fraser Valley. The high-quality shopping experience drew customers from even Vancouver by interurban rail or by car via Kingsway (originally Westminster Highway or Westminster Road). The 1964 completion of the Trans-Canada Highway bypass and the building of suburban malls with plentiful free parking drove Columbia Street into a slump during which many businesses abandoned the downtown district.

In October 2006, Columbia Street changed alignment to one lane in both directions with a bicycle lane and reverse-angle parking to encourage pedestrian and bicycling traffic. Construction or renovation projects at the Plaza 88 condominium towers, the Columbia Theatre, and the Westminster Pier Park are evidence of some rejuvenation.

Front Street

Originally a dockside street and market, Front Street converted to a truck route and elevated parking facility during the 1960s to increase parking space for Columbia Street. More recently, it has been the scene of a thriving trade in antiques and a frequent location for feature film productions.

New Westminster 2Information Links:

http://newwestchamber.com
http://www.downtownnewwest.ca
http://www.newwestcity.ca
http://www.newwestpcr.ca/recreation/recreation_facilities.php
http://www.newwestcity.ca/business/planning_development/official-community-plan

Queensborough

When Queen Victoria renamed the city, “Queensborough” became the name of the New Westminster section of Lulu Island across the river channel from the southwestern mainland end of the city. Queensborough is today an area of low- to middle-income housing with some new condominium complexes near the Westminster Quay development.

New Westminster Live MLS Listings

Irrepressible New Westminster

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  • 2109 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2213276

    Main Photo: 2109 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2213276
    $9,600,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2213276
    Endless opportunity with the official community plan changing to comprehensive in early October, with an awesome location with the 22nd Street skytrain station located directly behind the property, lot size over 12,000 SF. Call today for more info. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
  • 2021 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2208869

    Main Photo: 2021 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2208869
    $7,000,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2208869
    Endless opportunity with the official community plan changing to comprehensive development in early October, with an awesome location with the 22nd street skytrain station located directly behind the property, lot size over 12,000 square feet. Call today for more info. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
  • 2025 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2212909

    Main Photo: 2025 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2212909
    $6,800,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2212909
    Endless opportunity with the official community plan changing to comprehensive in early October, with an awesome location with the 22nd St skytrain station located directly behind the property, lot size over 8,000 SF. Call today for more info. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
  • 1335 - 1337 KAMLOOPS Street in New Westminster: Uptown NW House Fourplex for sale : MLS® # R2205178

    Main Photo: 1335 - 1337 KAMLOOPS Street in New Westminster: Uptown NW House Fourplex for sale : MLS® # R2205178
    $4,900,000
    Multifamily
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2205178
    Bedrooms:
    12
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,630 sq. ft.
    Legal MF Duplex with 4 additional suites (2 on each side for a total of 6 units) fully occupied to great tenants in central part of New West. Close to Marine Drive and City Centre. 6 parking total. 3 Fire places. Building has three 2 bedroom units one 3 bedroom unit and two bachelor suites. All units are renovated or partially renovated within the last 5 years. Suites have granite countertops, updated kitchens, updated flooring and coin operated laundry machine. Property has 16X12 storage shed. Great Future potential for investors. Gross Income $89,520. More details
    Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Langley) and Sutton Premier Realty
  • 2013 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2211551

    Main Photo: 2013 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2211551
    $3,500,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2211551
    Endless opportunity with the official community plan changing to comprehensive in early October, with an awesome location with the 22nd Street skytrain station located directly behind the property, lot size over 5300 SF. Call today for more info. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
  • 110 COLLEGE Court in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale : MLS® # R2207271

    Main Photo: 110 COLLEGE Court in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale : MLS® # R2207271
    $2,900,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2207271
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    4,726 sq. ft.
    This 1949, 5 bed-3 bath home sits nestled on a ¼ acre lot in the jewel of the Royal City, Queens Park & has only changed hands once. With over 4,700 square feet of spacious living, a huge gourmet kitchen which opens to a sprawling family, dining, & great room you can be sure that every major family event for years to come will be here. Before the guests arrive, drop into your private cellar for that perfect bottle. When the warm summer breezes blow, enjoy the serenity of the privately landscaped patios & backyard. Now that the day is done, slip into your luxurious steam shower to relax as you prepare to retire to your master suite. BONUS is the potential for a laneway house! A home like this only comes up once a generation so don’t be late! Call to book a personal viewing of this home. More details
    RE/MAX Advantage Realty
  • 719 THIRTEENTH Street in New Westminster: West End NW House for sale in "WEST END NW" : MLS® # R2192139

    Main Photo: 719 THIRTEENTH Street in New Westminster: West End NW House for sale in "WEST END NW" : MLS® # R2192139
    $2,698,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2192139
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    5,155 sq. ft.
    Welcome to this huge 5100+ sq.ft. quality built 3 level house on a large rectangular corner lot of 8712 sq.ft. with 9 bedrooms, 6 full baths and 3 kitchens. Separate entrances for basement suites. More details
    Sutton Group - Seafair Realty
  • 443 FIFTH Street in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale in "QUEENS PARK" : MLS® # R2211187

    Main Photo: 443 FIFTH Street in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale in "QUEENS PARK" : MLS® # R2211187
    $2,698,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2211187
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    5,795 sq. ft.
    The majestic 1910 Henry & Ella Edmonds House, 5800 sf on 92’.4 x 128’ (11827 sf) lot in the heart of Queens Park just steps to shopping, transit, parks & schools. Designed by famous architect Charles Henry Clow. This amazing home has vast rooms, high ceilings, beautiful fir floors & wainscoting, built-in wood cabinets, crown moldings, hot water radiator heat, large windows & closets, period lights, updated kitchen, baths, electrical & plumbing. This lovely home had a huge complementing 3 level addition done in 1989. 2 legal lots. Great potential for heritage revitalization agreement + moving lot line + potential strata development. More details
    RE/MAX Advantage Realty
  • 1722 TENTH Avenue in New Westminster: West End NW House for sale : MLS® # R2214567

    Main Photo: 1722 TENTH Avenue in New Westminster: West End NW House for sale : MLS® # R2214567
    $2,550,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2214567
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,216 sq. ft.
    Urban luxury located in "West End" - one of New Westminster's most desirable neighbourhoods. A classic style perfect for a family! Custom high-end woodwork, engineered hardwood flooring throughout. Chef's kitchen is equipped w/ an eat-in island, sleek granite countertops, Maple cabinetry & a suite of SS appliances including Thermador / Kupperbusch. 3 good-sized ensuite bdrms & laundry upstairs / 1 bdrm on main flr. The basement: huge recreation room w/ wet bar, 1 ensuite bdrm & 2-bdrm legal suite w/ separate entrance. The backyard w/ built-in BBQ & pit fire is ideal for entertaining large event & plenty of space for outdoor dining. Features include A/C, HRV, security system, smoke alarm, lighting (in/out), 3-car garage etc. Easy access to skytrain, Taylor Park Elem. & New Westminster Sec. More details
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 92 GLOVER Avenue in New Westminster: GlenBrooke North House for sale : MLS® # R2196666

    Main Photo: 92 GLOVER Avenue in New Westminster: GlenBrooke North House for sale : MLS® # R2196666
    $2,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2196666
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,535 sq. ft.
    Big, Character, Multifamily house, w/fantastic cash flow & great owner occupier potential located in a 1st class neighbourhood. The 2 level building is in very good condition with newer roof, 2 elec meters, h/w tanks & gas boilers, 3 laundry and more. It generates $8,300 mo or $99,600/yr with low expenses from great tenants & very nice suites- each w/own entrance, 4 w/fireplaces. There are decks & patios, a nice yard & parking for 6 cars. The positive cash flow for Investors. Owner Occupiers could collect from the other suites & live in a larger suite for the cost of rent, This is a special property. More details
    Nu Stream Realty Inc.
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Listing information last updated on October 17, 2017
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