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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
    RE/MAX Select Properties
  • 10831 SOUTHDALE Road in Richmond: South Arm House for sale : MLS® # R2212678

    Main Photo: 10831 SOUTHDALE Road in Richmond: South Arm House for sale : MLS® # R2212678
    $8,400,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2212678
    Bedrooms:
    12
    Bathrooms:
    8
    Floor Area:
    7,682 sq. ft.
    LAND ASSEMBLY. 38,000 sq.ft large land of 5 properties can be build 17 town houses. SFR is 0.6. Buildble SFT is 22,800. Building price is $368/sft. The design of first row townhouse could be 3 levels. The second row townhouses could be 2 levels. At present, some tenants live there. The address are 9571 Steveston Hwy, 9591 Steveston Hwy, 9611 Steveston Hwy, 9671 Steveston Hwy, and 10831 Southdale Road. The measurement is approximately, the selling agents and buyer to be notify. This rare land, will not be on the market for long time. Please send your offer as soon as possible. For viewing, please call listing agent. More details
    Luxmore 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
  • 10891 BAMBERTON Drive in Richmond: Broadmoor House for sale : MLS® # R2200917

    Main Photo: 10891 BAMBERTON Drive in Richmond: Broadmoor House for sale : MLS® # R2200917
    $7,180,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2200917
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,217 sq. ft.
    Wow, Over 20000 sq ft lot in prestigious Maple Lane location, this home is perfect to live in now and perhaps plan to build your dream home in the future, huge west facing park like lot can accommodate very large home and still have room for a tennis court/ swimming pool combo. Call listing agent for plan of lot, rectangular shape plus additional rectangle for your own personal park.Call listing agent for plan of lot, the neighbour lot 10871 BAMBERTON DRIVE(over 10000 sq ft) is also for sale. More details
    New Coast Realty
  • 7911 PENNY Lane in Richmond: Broadmoor House for sale : MLS® # R2171535

    Main Photo: 7911 PENNY Lane in Richmond: Broadmoor House for sale : MLS® # R2171535
    $6,980,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2171535
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    4,186 sq. ft.
    Come see for yourself! This custom-built family residence exudes luxury and class. Located in Broadmoor most exclusive sunnymade area - Richmond's most desirable neighborhood. South-facing lot receives plenty of natural sunlight. Solid construction by BTF Canada Company with quality materials and high-end finishings used all throughout. Truly elegant. Features spacious layout with 4 bed/5 bath, a dream walk-in closet, vaulted ceilings, marble flooring and complete with top of the line appliances. Comfortable living space perfect for entertaining your guests as well. Have a summer bbq in your fully-fenced private backyard surrounded by tranquil gardens and water fountain. Reputable school catchment: Ferris Elementary and Richmond High Secondary. More details
    Coldwell Banker Westburn Rlty.
  • 5680 FORSYTH Crescent in Richmond: Riverdale RI House for sale : MLS® # R2207523

    Main Photo: 5680 FORSYTH Crescent in Richmond: Riverdale RI House for sale : MLS® # R2207523
    • Large lot over 100ft wide
    • Deep lot to accommodate your whole family
    $6,880,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2207523
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,500 sq. ft.
    Amazing lot in prime area. This area boasts many of Richmond most beautiful, large and exclusive homes. All measurements are approximate, please verify. Please do not disturb residents. Viewing by appointment only. More details
    Sunstar Realty Ltd.
  • 7860 AFTON Drive in Richmond: Broadmoor House for sale : MLS® # R2197035

    Main Photo: 7860 AFTON Drive in Richmond: Broadmoor House for sale : MLS® # R2197035
    $4,888,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2197035
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,654 sq. ft.
    En Provence Villa: French inspired, tastefully renovated, custom designed European Villa. Upon entering you feel like you've travelled to Europe with beautiful water feature, paved stone pavers & French gardens. The grand foyer features high ceiling & custom made European pillars. You can see many qualities in this room with over $700K in renovation. All bedrooms are ensuite upstairs; the master ensuite is incredible. There is also a fully enclosed family room upstairs. The backyard features an enclosed deck enabling you to bring your outdoor living into your indoor living; also the backyard has a water feature & pagoda with fireplace. Looking for European style living, this is it! School Catchments: Errington Elementary, Bridge Elementary, Whiteside Elementary, Steveston-London Secondary. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast (VanCam)
  • 8211 LUTON Road in Richmond: Garden City House for sale : MLS® # R2214569

    $4,680,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2214569
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    4,690 sq. ft.
    Well Kept feels like brand new home: full of Characters and features... Grand media room with wet bar. It makes the best home for entertaining. 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms offers comfortable living space. Build in speakers, sauna and steam showers make it a smart home. Close to shopping, recreation, and great schools. Ready to move in... It can be yours today! Book your private showing now! More details
    Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
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Listing information last updated on October 17, 2017
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