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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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  • 1335 - 1337 KAMLOOPS Street in New Westminster: Uptown NW House Duplex for sale : MLS(r) # R2174010

    Main Photo: 1335 - 1337 KAMLOOPS Street in New Westminster: Uptown NW House Duplex for sale : MLS(r) # R2174010
    $5,200,000
    Multifamily
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2174010
    Bedrooms:
    11
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,630 sq. ft.
    Investor and builder alert!! 6-unit appartment building on large lot with the zone RM5A. 6 kitchens, 6 bathrooms. 1 unit with 3 bedrooms, 3 units with 2 bedrooms and 2 bachelors. All units were renovated 5 years ago with marble floors, granite countertops, fancy kitchens, coin operated laundry. Currently rented to good and long term tenant. The gross income is $89,500/year. Central location, close to school, shops, skytrain and bus. Meas approx/verify. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 217 QUEENS Avenue in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale : MLS(r) # R2180349

    Main Photo: 217 QUEENS Avenue in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale : MLS(r) # R2180349
    $3,399,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180349
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,850 sq. ft.
    ONE OF A KIND Development Opportunity in historic Queens Park! This 18,352 sq. ft lot that can be SUBDIVIDED (check with city for development options). 66ft of frontage onto one of the best blocks in the Park on Queens Av. & the back lot which is already serviced would face Townsend Pl. No rezone is required to subdivide. The family home on the lot, built in 1951 with 3850sf on two levels features 4 beds, a large den & 3 baths on the main floor plus a finished basement. One of the most unique opportunities that will ever come available in New Westminster's most desired neighbourhood. Just steps to Queens Park, a few minutes to skytrain, shopping, & countless amenities. Call today for more information. More details
    Keller Williams Elite Realty
  • 443 FIFTH Street in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale in "QUEENS PARK" : MLS(r) # R2152840

    Main Photo: 443 FIFTH Street in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale in "QUEENS PARK" : MLS(r) # R2152840
    $2,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2152840
    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
  • 110 COLLEGE Court in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale : MLS(r) # R2182954

    Main Photo: 110 COLLEGE Court in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale : MLS(r) # R2182954
    $2,900,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2182954
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    4,726 sq. ft.
    This 1949, 4 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. 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
  • 1502 DUBLIN Street in New Westminster: West End NW House for sale : MLS(r) # R2149725

    Main Photo: 1502 DUBLIN Street in New Westminster: West End NW House for sale : MLS(r) # R2149725
    $2,788,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2149725
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    5,788 sq. ft.
    Luxury custom-built home, gorgeous 5788sf mansion, 7 bdrm 7 bath, on unique 66x132 corner lot in most desirable neighborhood West End, w/great attention to details throuhgout. Top quality craftmanship. Feature include: Grand foyer with vaulted cedar ceiling, stone quartz stairs, hdwd flrs, high ceilings, gourmet kit w/high-end appls/cabinetry, granite countertop island, wok kit, butler pantry, top floor has open balcony, fin'd bsmt w/media rm w/wet bar, a large separate legal 2 bdrm suite, 884sf of heated decks, 2 car covered garage w/washroom & single carport, security sys w/TV surveillance. Views of the Fraser River, truly a rare find. School catchment: Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary and New Westminster Secondary School. More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 319 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS(r) # R2117695

    Main Photo: 319 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS(r) # R2117695
    $2,711,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2117695
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,112 sq. ft.
    Queensborough future development site: OCP calls for Multi-Family. House is presently rented at 1,350/month upstairs & potential for another income down. 1/2 acre site to the North is owned by the Ministry of Transportation and could be acquired. More details
    RE/MAX Progroup Realty
  • 328 FIRST Street in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale in "QUEEN'S PARK" : MLS(r) # R2164221

    Main Photo: 328 FIRST Street in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale in "QUEEN'S PARK" : MLS(r) # R2164221
    $2,448,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2164221
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    5,015 sq. ft.
    This beautiful 1927 craftsman bungalow sits on a 53'x 123' lot high above majestic Queen's Park. A formal foyer welcomes you into this stunning home. French doors, 9' ceilings leaded glass windows, period lighting. 3 generous size bdrms. on main. A luxurious main bath with granite and marble shower, claw tub and double vanities. A cozy den with built-ins surround original brick fireplace and mantle. A large living room is warmed by a marble gas fireplace. The dining room can accommodate a large family dinner. The kitchen features many upgrades including new stainless appliances. The eating area opens onto a level paving stone patio with feature water fountain and an outdoor kitchen with a professional series 50" Viking BBQ. The developed attic area boasts a games room, office and media room. Enjoy the walkability of the Queens Park neighbourhood. Your children can walk to Herbert Spencer, Glenbrooke Middle and the new state of the art NWSS opening in 2019. Walk score of 70! More details
    Park Georgia Realty Ltd.
  • 314 ARCHER Street in New Westminster: The Heights NW House for sale : MLS(r) # R2153236

    Main Photo: 314 ARCHER Street in New Westminster: The Heights NW House for sale : MLS(r) # R2153236
    $2,389,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2153236
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,650 sq. ft.
    DESIGNED BY AWARD WINNING BATTERSBY HOWAT ARCHITECTS AND FEATURED IN DWELL MAGAZINE! 314 Archer Street is work of art. Dramatic living spaces defined by sliding glass doors open to a veranda with a thriving garden and views of the city. Detailed white ash millwork, polished concrete flooring, and a cinderblock fireplace wall are only some of the details that make this home special. Vaulted ceilings over the large dining room make this home an entertainers dream. Double attached garage. Centrally located with easy access to transit, walk to the Skytrain. This home must be considered by anyone who is captivated by architectural detail. The private roof deck offers excellent river and mountain views. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 522 FADER Street in New Westminster: Sapperton House for sale : MLS(r) # R2170506

    Main Photo: 522 FADER Street in New Westminster: Sapperton House for sale : MLS(r) # R2170506
    • From every room on North side of house !
    • Burnaby Mtn
    • Day Care & Home schooling
    • Next door !! Extension of your yard !
    • Across the street
    • Across the street
    • view to Coquitlam
    • Upstairs floor to ceiling , real Rock.
    $2,250,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2170506
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,916 sq. ft.
    WOW never offered before! See this extraordinary double sized lot (90x113) next to Hume Park. Subdivide to 2, or build a Castle. Executive style house still very livable, mostly original custom built. Floor to ceiling REAL ROCK fire places up & down. Potential suite in Bsmt. LOTS of windows with outstanding views over the park & Mountains. AWESOME location 3 blks to RCH, shopping, & skytrain, 1 blk to bus. Easy access to #1 Hwy @ Brunette. Parking for 8 on dead end lane. Easy walk to Sappertons NEW proposed development. More details
    Royal LePage Sterling Realty
  • 428 FOURTH Street in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale in "QUEENS PARK" : MLS(r) # R2169935

    Main Photo: 428 FOURTH Street in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale in "QUEENS PARK" : MLS(r) # R2169935
    $2,198,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2169935
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    5,012 sq. ft.
    Very rare, Queens Park 1892 Heritage Home with 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, approx. 5000 sf on huge 59’ x 148’ lot in the heart of the neighbourhood. Close to schools, parks, shopping & transit, this stately manor features spacious rooms, 4 fireplaces, 12’ ceilings on the main, 10’ ceilings up & vaulted ceilings in the finished attic. Admire the hardwood floors, original woodwork, doors & moldings throughout and New kitchen with Island, coffee bar, SS appliances, gas stove, quartz & granite counters & updated bathrooms (3 with clawfoot tubs). Exterior walls were gutted, rewired, re-insulated & drywalled. Enjoy the two-level deck & hot tub in a private beautifully landscaped yard with double garage & workshop/greenhouse. Must be seen to be fully appreciated! Showings by appointment only. More details
    RE/MAX Advantage Realty
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Listing information last updated on June 29, 2017
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