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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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  • 1135 SALTER Street in New Westminster: Queensborough Land for sale : MLS®# R2839301

    1135 SALTER Street Queensborough New Westminster V3M 6A4
    Main Photo: 1135 SALTER Street in New Westminster: Queensborough Land for sale : MLS®# R2839301
    $16,800,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2839301
    Prime location !!! Very Rare to find this size of townhome project ~ 45 Unit Townhome Development property in highly desirable Queensborough, New Westminster. One of the few large parcels available in this area. Land Pre-loading completed. Total 2.31 Acre land (165' x 611'). Application already under process and DEVELOPMENT PERMIT anticipated to be issued eta. by April-May 2024. Call for details. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Dream Home Realty
  • 2119 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights House for sale : MLS®# R2859139

    2119 MARINE Way Connaught Heights New Westminster V3M 2H2
    Main Photo: 2119 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights House for sale : MLS®# R2859139
    $6,978,240
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2859139
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,400 sq. ft.
    Developer & Investor Alerts - Land Assembly – An incredible opportunity awaits you in New Westminster! Transit-Oriented investment opportunity in a prime location adjacent to 22nd street skytrain Station. Recently announced, Bill 47 (Transit-Oriented Areas) will designate the subject properties for a condo tower at a minimum height of 20 storeys and minimum density of 5 FSR. This prime location presents a collection of 32 houses and can be sold on small group of homes. List price is per house. Situated just steps away from the Skytrain station, this property offers unparalleled convenience for future residents. Permission required to walk on property. Buyer to verify the OCP and City of New Westminster for zoning and all inquiries. More details
    Listed by eXp Realty
  • 909 913 915 TWELFTH Street in New Westminster: Moody Park Land for sale : MLS®# R2877524

    909 913 915 TWELFTH Street Moody Park New Westminster V3M 4K5
    Main Photo: 909 913 915 TWELFTH Street in New Westminster: Moody Park Land for sale : MLS®# R2877524
    $6,490,000
    Land Only
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2877524
    Development Project For Sale - Conditional Rezoning approval already granted for a 40 unit, 32,599 sq.ft. strata condo development. This land assembly is a rare opportunity to own a prime 5-storey development site located in the heart of New Westminster. The property is ideally situated on upper Twelfth Street offering close proximity to transit, St Thomas Moore private school, and endless and shops and services directly out your door. This is one of the best remaining opportunities to acquire a development site in the area. Site plans and reports are available upon request. Rear lane to be purchased from the City. Please do not walk on the property. More details
    Listed by Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
  • 2005 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights House for sale : MLS®# R2859099

    2005 MARINE Way Connaught Heights New Westminster V3M 2H2
    Main Photo: 2005 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights House for sale : MLS®# R2859099
    $5,500,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2859099
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    4,074 sq. ft.
    Developer & Investor Alerts - Land Assembly – An incredible opportunity awaits you in New Westminster! Transit-Oriented investment opportunity in a prime location adjacent to 22nd street skytrain Station. Recently announced, Bill 47 (Transit-Oriented Areas) will designate the subject properties for a condo tower at a minimum height of 20 storeys and minimum density of 5 FSR. This prime location presents a collection of 32 houses and can be sold on small group of homes. List price is per house. Situated just steps away from the Skytrain station, this property offers unparalleled convenience for future residents. Permission required to walk on property. Buyer to verify the OCP and City of New Westminster for zoning and all inquiries. More details
    Listed by eXp Realty
  • 905 MCBRIDE Boulevard in New Westminster: The Heights NW House for sale : MLS®# R2862734

    905 MCBRIDE Boulevard The Heights NW New Westminster V3L 2C5
    Main Photo: 905 MCBRIDE Boulevard in New Westminster: The Heights NW House for sale : MLS®# R2862734
    $4,999,999
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2862734
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,908 sq. ft.
    Introducing High Profile Massive 13,711 sqft lot with a beautiful 4347 sqft. home with outdoor swimming pool. Located immediately along McBride Blvd next to High Density area in the Massey Victory Heights Area. Acquire this potential development property as a package. This consolidated site which may allow for access and footprint for your multi-family vision. Next to McDonalds. Chevron, Justice Institute of BC, Queen's Park, the "New" Canada Games pool, the Burnaby/ New Westminster border with quick access to Surrey/Coquitlam/Burnaby and Vancouver. More details
    Listed by Coldwell Banker Universe Realty
  • 2021 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights House for sale : MLS®# R2863994

    2021 MARINE Way Connaught Heights New Westminster V3M 2H2
    Main Photo: 2021 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights House for sale : MLS®# R2863994
    $4,999,999
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2863994
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    3,652 sq. ft.
    ATTENTION DEVELOPERS AND INVESTORS. This property is a 12,396 sq. ft. parcel of land in a comprehensive development plan. This large lot is located right next to 22nd St SkyTrain station. The property has road and laneway access. Amazing potential with this holding property in Connaught Heights in the reignited 22nd Street Station Area Bold Vision OCP. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX LIFESTYLES REALTY
  • 2139 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights House for sale : MLS®# R2859093

    2139 MARINE Way Connaught Heights New Westminster V3M 2H2
    Main Photo: 2139 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights House for sale : MLS®# R2859093
    $4,975,425
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2859093
    Bedrooms:
    9
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,845 sq. ft.
    Developer & Investor Alerts - Land Assembly – An incredible opportunity awaits you in New Westminster! Transit-Oriented investment opportunity in a prime location adjacent to 22nd street skytrain Station. Recently announced, Bill 47 (Transit-Oriented Areas) will designate the subject properties for a condo tower at a minimum height of 20 storeys and minimum density of 5 FSR. This prime location presents a collection of 32 houses and can be sold on small group of homes. List price is per house. Situated just steps away from the Skytrain station, this property offers unparalleled convenience for future residents. Permission required to walk on property. Buyer to verify the OCP and City of New Westminster for zoning and all inquiries. More details
    Listed by eXp Realty
  • 2121 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights House for sale : MLS®# R2859150

    2121 MARINE Way Connaught Heights New Westminster V3M 2H2
    Main Photo: 2121 MARINE Way in New Westminster: Connaught Heights House for sale : MLS®# R2859150
    $4,189,725
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2859150
    Bedrooms:
    4
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,780 sq. ft.
    Developer & Investor Alerts - Land Assembly – An incredible opportunity awaits you in New Westminster! Transit-Oriented investment opportunity in a prime location adjacent to 22nd street skytrain Station. Recently announced, Bill 47 (Transit-Oriented Areas) will designate the subject properties for a condo tower at a minimum height of 20 storeys and minimum density of 5 FSR. This prime location presents a collection of 32 houses and can be sold on small group of homes. List price is per house. Situated just steps away from the Skytrain station, this property offers unparalleled convenience for future residents. Permission required to walk on property. Buyer to verify the OCP and City of New Westminster for zoning and all inquiries. More details
    Listed by eXp Realty
  • 26 COURTNEY Crescent in New Westminster: The Heights NW House for sale : MLS®# R2862951

    26 COURTNEY Crescent The Heights NW New Westminster V3L 4M2
    Main Photo: 26 COURTNEY Crescent in New Westminster: The Heights NW House for sale : MLS®# R2862951
    $4,134,400
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2862951
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    3,969 sq. ft.
    Introducing High Profile Massive 10,880 sqft lot with a beautiful 3969 sqft home with 6 BEDS/ 4 BATH. Located immediately along Mcbride Blvd next to High Density area in the Massey Victory Heights Area. Acquire this potential development property as a package . A consolidated site which may allow for access and footprint for your multi-family vision. Next to Mcdonalds. Chevron, Justice Institute of BC, Queen's Park, the "New" Canada Games pool, the Burnaby/New Westminster border with quick access to Surrey/ Coquitlam/ Burnaby and Vancouver. More details
    Listed by Coldwell Banker Universe Realty
  • 1927 MARINE Way in New Westminster: West End NW House for sale : MLS®# R2769306

    1927 MARINE Way West End NW New Westminster V3M 2E4
    Main Photo: 1927 MARINE Way in New Westminster: West End NW House for sale : MLS®# R2769306
    $3,832,140
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2769306
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,008 sq. ft.
    Developers alert! Opportunity to acquire 2 or more lots for redevelopment of a 6-storey condo development. This property is sold in conjunction with 1923 Marine Way. The purpose of the Inclusionary Housing Policy is to help meet the City's affordable rental housing needs by securing built below-market and non-market rental units in new multi-unit strata residential and mixed-use residential developments seeking additional density. Buyer to verify with the City. This site is conveniently located near the 22nd Street Skytrain station. With the asking price and a development at 2.5 FSR, the price per buildable sets this at a favorable number for redevelopment. More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Select Properties
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