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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® # R2174010

    Main Photo: 1335 - 1337 KAMLOOPS Street in New Westminster: Uptown NW House Duplex for sale : MLS® # 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.
  • 1722 TENTH Avenue in New Westminster: West End NW House for sale : MLS® # R2193587

    Main Photo: 1722 TENTH Avenue in New Westminster: West End NW House for sale : MLS® # R2193587
    $2,988,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2193587
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,216 sq. ft.
    Welcome to luxury living in the heart of one of New Westminster's most desirable neighborhoods "The West End". It's an absolute pleasure to introduce this custom built 3 level 4200 SF luxury home with exceptional quality & workmanship with 6 bedrooms & a legal suite! 10ft ceilings on main, high quality engineered hardwood floors throughout, gorgeous gourmet kitchen with granite counters, Maple cabinets, Kupperbusch built in coffee maker, Thermador appliances in the main kitchen, gas stove in the spice kitchen, island which opens to spacious family room. Enjoy 3 elec fireplaces, AC, HVAC, security cameras & high lighting inside and out. In the back you will find a Triple car garage with private backyard ready for entertainment with a covered back patio, bult in custom BBQ & fire pit. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 110 COLLEGE Court in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale : MLS® # R2182954

    Main Photo: 110 COLLEGE Court in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale : MLS® # R2182954
    $2,900,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2182954
    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
  • 319 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2117695

    Main Photo: 319 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # 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
  • 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
    $2,699,000
    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® # R2152840

    Main Photo: 443 FIFTH Street in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale in "QUEENS PARK" : MLS® # R2152840
    $2,698,000
    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
  • 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.
  • 211 QUEENS Avenue in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale : MLS® # R2187491

    Main Photo: 211 QUEENS Avenue in New Westminster: Queens Park House for sale : MLS® # R2187491
    $2,450,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2187491
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    4,372 sq. ft.
    Welcome to luxurious living in the heart of Queen's Park! This absolutely stunning 1941 4 bedroom + den, 4 bathroom character home is waiting for you. As you walk up to the home you are greeted by beautifully landscaped gardens and a freshly painted exterior. This home is a gardener's dream. Inside you will find fine craftsmanship and original character throughout with 4 wood burning fireplaces to keep you cozy. The living space has a perfect flow inside and out, taking you outside to stone patios nestled amongst meticulously kept gardens. Perfect for summer entertaining and relaxing in your private oasis. A brand new garage, newer roof, updated electrical and exterior are just a few things to look forward to with this house. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (Brdwy)
  • 314 ARCHER Street in New Westminster: The Heights NW House for sale : MLS® # R2153236

    Main Photo: 314 ARCHER Street in New Westminster: The Heights NW House for sale : MLS® # 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. Open House: Saturday, July 8th from 2-4pm. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 315 ARCHER Street in New Westminster: The Heights NW House for sale : MLS® # R2189229

    Main Photo: 315 ARCHER Street in New Westminster: The Heights NW House for sale : MLS® # R2189229
    $2,288,800
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2189229
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    3,180 sq. ft.
    Brand new state-of-the-art, ultramodern, open concept stylish house built with high standards of quality located in the heritage city of New-West in peaceful, family friendly Archer St, close to schools, shopping, Royal Columbian Hospital, Justice Instt. of BC, parks & sky-train. Relax & enjoy your drink with a spectacular & panoramic view from the front deck or Living overlooking Mtns, river, city & beautiful Port Mann brdg. Entertain your guests at the private deck opening into a fine patio on the rear & splendid backyard with enormous flowerbeds that can be nurtured into a mesmeric garden. Marble flooring, lustrous lights, high-tech SS appliances, security system.. are some of the features. Come See yourself to believe it. Special Features:- Style: Contemporary Modern. Floors: 3 (including Basement). Jenn Air Stainless Steel Appliances. Built in Vacuum. Radiant Heat on all the Floor Levels. Central Air Conditioning. Two sets of Washer – dryers. All Glass Railings inside house. 2+4 (6 Parking Spaces). More details
    Team 3000 Realty Ltd.
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Listing information last updated on August 20, 2017
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