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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® # R2231103

    Main Photo: 2109 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2231103
    $9,900,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2231103
    A great development property! City of New Westminster has just approved a new Official Community Plan, which proposes re-development of the area around 22nd Street SkyTrain Station with increased density. Future zoning proposed for this block is RH (Residential - High Rise). This particular lot is just steps from the SkyTrain station. The house is in great condition. Other lots are available for sale - call you agent for more information. More details
    RE/MAX Masters Realty
  • 2033 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2217209

    Main Photo: 2033 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2217209
    $9,700,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2217209
    Adopted on the New Westminster's new community plan on October 2, 2017 as (CD) comprehensive development, this 10,319 square feet parcel of land can be purchased with several adjoining properties for a major development opportunity in the 22nd st skytrain station area. Please call for further information to listing agent. Note: All measurements are approximate and to be confirmed by buyer, also zoning & building regulations to be confirmed by buyer with city of New Westminster. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
  • 2021 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2230119

    Main Photo: 2021 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2230119
    $7,000,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2230119
    OCP has changed to comprehensive development. New Westminster's adopted a new OCP on October 2, 2017 as (CD) comprehensive development, This 12,396 SqFt parcel of land is Just steps away from 22nd St. Skytrain station. It can be purchased with several adjoining properties for a major development opportunity. More details
    RE/MAX results realty
  • 2025 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2231102

    Main Photo: 2025 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2231102
    $6,800,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2231102
    A great development property! City of New Westminster has just approved a new Official Community Plan, which proposes re-development of the area around 22nd Street SkyTrain Station with increased density. Future zoning proposed for this block is RH (Residential - High Rise). This particular lot is just across the SkyTrain station. The house is in great condition. Other lots are available for sale - call you agent for more information. More details
    RE/MAX Masters Realty
  • 2079 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2217206

    Main Photo: 2079 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2217206
    $6,300,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2217206
    Adopted on the New Westminster's new community plan on October 2, 2017 as (CD) comprehensive development, this 10,319 square feet parcel of land can be purchased with several adjoining properties for a major development opportunity in the 22nd st skytrain station area. Please call for further information to listing agent. Note: All measurements are approximate and to be confirmed by buyer, also zoning & building regulations to be confirmed by buyer with city of New Westminster. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
  • 1335 - 1337 KAMLOOPS Street in New Westminster: Uptown NW House Fourplex for sale : MLS® # R2232164

    Main Photo: 1335 - 1337 KAMLOOPS Street in New Westminster: Uptown NW House Fourplex for sale : MLS® # R2232164
    $4,880,000
    Multifamily
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2232164
    Bedrooms:
    11
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,630 sq. ft.
    Rarely available legal multi-family 6 plex for sale in centrally located New Westminster! Building has total 6 suites (three 2-bedroom units, one 3-bedroom unit and two bachelor units) each with its own kitchen, full bathroom and separate entrance giving you steady and great cash flow; all suites are fully occupied by great tenants. Total 11 bedrooms, 6 kitchens, 6 bathrooms, 6 parking stalls, and 3 fireplaces. All units are mostly renovated within the last 5 years and are in good condition; granite countertops, updated kitchens, updated flooring, etc. Property has16X12 storage shed. Great potential for investors and /or for condo/apartment developers. Gross Income approx. $90,000. More details
    New Coast Realty
  • 619 FOURTH Avenue in New Westminster: Uptown NW Home for sale : MLS® # R2231771

    Main Photo: 619 FOURTH Avenue in New Westminster: Uptown NW Home for sale : MLS® # R2231771
    $3,825,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2231771
    11 property land assembly in Uptown New Westminster on Seventh Street and Fourth Ave. It is a very central location, in close walking distance to the Royal City Centre, Save-On Foods, London Drugs and many cafes, banks and restaurants. The city has recently released its new OCP. They refer to this area as the Bent Court Study area. They wish to preserve some of the houses that have heritage value while recognizing existing entitlements (up to max 5.2 FSR under existing C-3 zoning). In this assembly, there are extra lots that can be used to relocate heritage houses. City will consider relaxing parking and commercial requirements and density transfers through heritage revitalization agreement. Pricing is $105 per buildable sq ft. More details
    NAI Commercial
  • 2121 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2220319

    Main Photo: 2121 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2220319
    $3,700,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2220319
    Major Development Opportunity in the 22nd St skytrain station area. Recently adopted (October 2, 2017) on the New Westminster Community Plan as (CD) comprehensive. This 6207 SF lot can be purchased along with several adjoining properties with large development potential. Please call for further information. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
  • 2017 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2217216

    Main Photo: 2017 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights Home for sale : MLS® # R2217216
    $3,500,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2217216
    Adopted on the New Westminster's new community plan on October 2, 2017 as (CD) comprehensive development, this 10,319 square feet parcel of land can be purchased with several adjoining properties for a major development opportunity in the 22nd st skytrain station area. Please call for further information to listing agent. Note: All measurements are approximate and to be confirmed by buyer, also zoning & building regulations to be confirmed by buyer with city of New Westminster. More details
    Multiple Realty Ltd.
  • 409 SEVENTH Street in New Westminster: Uptown NW Home for sale : MLS® # R2230964

    Main Photo: 409 SEVENTH Street in New Westminster: Uptown NW Home for sale : MLS® # R2230964
    $3,280,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2230964
    11 property land assembly in Uptown New Westminster on Seventh Street and Fourth Ave. It is a very central location, in close walking distance to the Royal City Centre, Save-On Foods, London Drugs and many cafes, banks and restaurants. The city has recently released its new OCP. They refer to this area as the Bent Court Study area. They wish to preserve some of the houses that have heritage value while recognizing existing entitlements (up to max 5.2 FSR under existing C-3 zoning). In this assembly, there are extra lots that can be used to relocate heritage houses. City will consider relaxing parking and commercial requirements and density transfers through heritage revitalization agreement. Pricing is $105 per buildable sq ft. More details
    NAI Commercial
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Listing information last updated on January 19, 2018
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