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Richmond, on the Coast

Richmond in Metro Vancouver

Richmond 2 The City of Richmond on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, part of the Metro Vancouver area, occupies all of Lulu Island in the Fraser River Delta except the small New Westminster portion upriver and all of Sea Island, site of Vancouver International Airport, across a river channel to the northwest between Richmond and the City of Vancouver. Vancouver and Burnaby are neighbors across the river to the north, New Westminster to the east, and Delta across another channel of the river to the south. The ocean as the Strait of Georgia is to the west. Burkeville on Sea Island next to the airport and Steveston in the southwest corner of Lulu Island were independent villages before they became parts of Richmond

Richmond’s 2011 Census population of 190,473 ranks it fourth in Metro Vancouver and in the province behind Vancouver, Surrey, and Burnaby. At 60 percent, mostly Chinese, Richmond is the North American city with the largest proportion of Asians, more than half, many of whom have immigrated from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China since the early 1990s.

Geography and Hydrography

Richmond has plenty of rich, alluvial soil for farming, but the land is ever prone to floods at high tides and especially when the river crests at high levels during seasons of heavy snowfalls. As a safeguard, a system of dykes now surrounds the major islands to hold back and divert such inundations that can cause catastrophic damage, so although farming had a fast start with dairy, grain, vegetables, and berries as staples in Richmond’s flat terrain of rich, fertile soil, it was necessary to clear, drain, and dyke the land to protect it from flooding and make it safe for successful farming. Today, the British Columbia Agricultural Land Reserve sets most of eastern Richmond aside for farming. Cranberries and blueberries are the principal crops. Other staples are strawberries, corn, and potatoes. In 2001 about 47 percent of British Columbia’s cranberry farm acreage was in Richmond.

Richmond 1The groundwater table is high, so very few homes have basements and very few buildings are more than three storeys high. The proximity of the airport limits building height to 150 feet.

History

In November 1879 the Township of Richmond became an incorporated municipality though not as a city until December 1990. The first town hall was near the main settlement on the northwestern tip of Lulu Island at North Arm.

In the 1870s, salmon canning became a major industry in the fishing village of Steveston. By the 1890s, there were nearly 50 canneries, and many ships docked in Steveston to take on big loads of canned salmon. Boatbuilding thrived too. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in Steveston displays the city’s canning history in an 1894 waterfront facility with a museum.

Information Links:

Richmond 3http://www.richmondchamber.ca
http://www.richmond.ca/home.htm
http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/overview.htm
http://www.richmond.ca/plandev/planning2/ocp/about.htm

Transportation

Richmond connects to Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Delta by bridges and tunnels. Three bridges connect Lulu Island to Sea Island and the airport, one bridge connects Sea Island to Vancouver, two connect Lulu Island to Vancouver, one connects eastern Lulu Island to Burnaby and New Westminster, and one bridge and an underwater tunnel connect Richmond to Delta.

Richmond has two high-speed freeways, Highway 99, which includes the tunnel to Delta and ends at Interstate 5 at the USA border, and Highway 91, which starts in Richmond’s Garden City Lands, runs eastward to New Westminster, then turns southward, crosses the river into Delta, and joins Highway 99 a few miles from the international border. SkyTrain service connects both central Richmond and the airport to Downtown Vancouver.

New Richmond Live MLS Listings

Richmond, on the Coast

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  • 9331 SIDAWAY Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2181441

    Main Photo: 9331 SIDAWAY Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2181441
    $11,550,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181441
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    4,216 sq. ft.
    It is time for investment! Excellent opportunity to own almost 25 acres (825'x1300') of farmland with a huge fully irrigated blueberry farm in East Richmond. Features over 4200 sqft of living space, 5 huge bdrms plus den & Recreation room, a large detached barn (53'x41'). Can build two new houses with over 10000 sgft each on this property. Quick access to Highway 99, Golf Club, Ironwood shopping, Loblaws City Market etc. Schools nearby: Kingswood Elementary & Matthew McNair Secondary. Annual rental income could be more than $200,000. Can rebuild or hold. Act quickly! More details
    Maxcel Westcoast Realty Ltd.
  • 12700 GILBERT Road in Richmond: Gilmore Home for sale : MLS® # R2215083

    Main Photo: 12700 GILBERT Road in Richmond: Gilmore Home for sale : MLS® # R2215083
    $10,800,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2215083
    Extraordinary investment opportunity in the heart of Richmond's Greenbelt. Situated minutes from Historic Steveston Village and Richmond Dyke lies this 39.9 acres of fertile farm land, perfect for growing vegetables and blueberries or building greenhouse and nurseries. The dual street exposure allows you to build your dream home on either Gilbert Rd or No. 3 Rd, and be surrounded by other multi-million dollar family estates! Ideally located close to Steveston Hwy, you are a short drive to Vancouver, Ladner and Surrey. More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 12951 RICE MILL Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2224884

    Main Photo: 12951 RICE MILL Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2224884
    $8,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2224884
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,535 sq. ft.
    Excellent opportunity to own this huge acreage of 12.16 acres in Richmond. Currently farmed with corn and orchards. The property features spacious 7 bedroom family home, workshop and numerous outbuildings. Invest now to hold property and plan to build your dream mansion in the future. Located just minutes from shopping and all amenities. More details
    Royal LePage Regency Realty
  • 7251 NO. 6 Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2160780

    Main Photo: 7251 NO. 6 Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2160780
    $7,998,800
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2160780
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,830 sq. ft.
    Excellent opportunity here!!! 5.09 acre parcel with mature blueberry farm in highly sought after Richmond location. Build your dream mansion on this palatial estate property. Plans for 11,000+ custom residence available upon request. Exceptional location just minutes from Vancouver and countless amenities. Existing house is currently rented, do not disturb tenants or enter premises without permission. More details
    RE/MAX Progroup Realty
  • 12120 NO 5 Road in Richmond: Gilmore House for sale : MLS® # R2203574

    Main Photo: 12120 NO 5 Road in Richmond: Gilmore House for sale : MLS® # R2203574
    $7,988,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2203574
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,475 sq. ft.
    HUGE HUGE LAND! 1.655 ACRES lot (approx. 422' x 171.94') on the Blue Line with rezoning potential. Invest now and hold this property for future appreciation. Lots of industrial properties nearby. Access to the ferry thru tunnel and the future construction of the bridge to Tsawwassen. Easy access to Hwy 99. **DOUBLE EXPOSURE, ALSO LISTED AS AGRI-BUSINESS, MLS #C8014669** More details
    RE/MAX 2000 Realty
  • 12220 NO 2 Road in Richmond: Gilmore House for sale in "Gilmore" : MLS® # R2121046

    Main Photo: 12220 NO 2 Road in Richmond: Gilmore House for sale in "Gilmore" : MLS® # R2121046
    $7,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2121046
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,691 sq. ft.
    AMAZING STEVESTON ACREAGE! This rare 6.52 acre parcel has a desireable location in Richmond with grand estates all around it. The solid classic farmhouse with wrap around covered porch was built in 1997 and is in good solid condition offers ground floor living w/2 bedrooms and family/games & master bedroom up. Property also offers a 54 X 40 detached barn/workshop with a large room above. The property is very private and enjoys breath taking views and yet is so close to old Steveston Village and waterfront. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Tenant occupied, by appointment only. More details
    RE/MAX Real Estate Services
  • 6571 NO 7 Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2160273

    Main Photo: 6571 NO 7 Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2160273
    $7,700,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2160273
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,590 sq. ft.
    ACTIVE BUILDING PERMIT ON LAND !!!!!!!! 4 acre mature blueberry farm with approved building permit for 12,500 sf. mansion More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
  • 9211 NO 6 Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2224905

    Main Photo: 9211 NO 6 Road in Richmond: East Richmond House for sale : MLS® # R2224905
    • Walk-in Closet
    $6,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2224905
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,688 sq. ft.
    Substantially renovated family home sit on over 10 Acre large appealing lot in Richmond. Just 10 mins drive to the city center and 20 mins drive to YVR airport, this could be your exclusive family adventure park and summer retreat. Matured blueberry bushes almost need nothing to worry, but generate good income and produce the most tasteful blueberry that you may found within the City. Homes features brand-new kitchen appliances, 6 large bedrooms and bright living rooms and family rooms that suite to all. Book your private tour today, and let us amaze you! More details
    Keller Williams Black Diamond
  • 4246 RIVER Road in Richmond: Riverdale RI House for sale : MLS® # R2224484

    Main Photo: 4246 RIVER Road in Richmond: Riverdale RI House for sale : MLS® # R2224484
    $5,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2224484
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    3,928 sq. ft.
    View! View! View! Very rarely find waterfront property. Brand new super deluxe by renowned builder, Avis Homes Ltd. Minutes walk to natural park, Terra Nova Shopping Mall & Oval. Unobstructed mountain and water view surrounded by mega million dollar homes. Floor to ceiling huge windows in kitchen, dining and great room. 2 kitchens with top of the line appliances. Huge island. Sound System, 3 En-suites on top & 2 on 1st floor. Master bedroom with his & her walk-in closet, deluxe bathroom with steam shower, magnificent media room with huge wet bar. Wine cellar. Full bath & sauna room. Southern backyard, BBQ area with counter and built-in Stainless Steel Burners, hot tub. More details
    Macdonald Realty Westmar
  • 4120 WESTMINSTER Highway in Richmond: Riverdale RI House for sale in "Riverdale" : MLS® # R2225946

    Main Photo: 4120 WESTMINSTER Highway in Richmond: Riverdale RI House for sale in "Riverdale" : MLS® # R2225946
    $5,388,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2225946
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    4,325 sq. ft.
    MAGNIFICENT NEW luxurious formal estate home, in MOST PRESTIGIOUS location in RIVERDALE. With best school catchment, walk to river, Save-on food, grocery market, banks, Starbucks, and restaurants. Bus stop to Steveston, and Skytrain, only 2 minutes from your door. Do not even need a car, Majestically situated on a very LARGE 80 X 130, 10,400 sqft lot SECURED and GATED. EUROPEAN AND SOUTHERN USA inspired White House Architecture. Every room is LUXURIOUS to be enjoyed, Spectacular VERY LARGE PRIVATE Balconies with SOUTHERN Exposures. Watch the beautiful sunsets and mountain view. 5 bedrooms 5 & 1/2 full baths. High ceiling. Triple Glazed glass-absolutely no noise factor. One lucky family will enjoy this custom designed home. More details
    Luxmore Realty
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