- New Westminster
- Residential Detached
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- 622 Colborne Street
- New Westminster
- GlenBrooke North
The close-knit neighbourhood of Glenbrooke North is bordered by 10th Avenue and McBride Boulevard at centre of the hip, newly revitalized New West. The active and friendly Glenbrooke North Residents’ Association puts together events, maintains the integrity of the area and voices the concerns of the neighbourhood’s 4,020 (2006) residents.
Arguably the best feature of Glenbrooke North is the boundary it shares with Queen’s Park, New West’s magnificent crown jewel. The neighbourhood’s carefully protected Victorian-era heritage and central location are a very close runners-up. Everything a family needs is within walking distance.
Since the Glenbrooke North is a collection of townhouses, apartments and single-family detached homes, there’s an eclectic mix of folks living on their own (41% of all Glenbrooke North residents) and couples with children, of which there are more on average than the city at large. Compared to the city’s average there are slightly less young and middle-aged adults (39.3%), but more children and seniors. (2006)
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The title of fastest growing city is hard-won in the rapidly expanding province of BC, but New Westminster has laid claim to it. The city’s successful revitalization efforts, the leaked secret of its authentic and affordable heritage vibe, and its hardly-any-time-at-all commute to downtown Vancouver have meant a 12.7% increase in growth between 2006-2011.
New Westminster enjoys Metro Vancouver’s mild and temperate rainforest climate. The average rainfall is 111cm per year, but don’t let that get you down: there are also 2,000 hours of sunshine. Average daily high temperatures peak at 22 °C with an average low of 6 °C.
Glenbrooke North’s median household income is $49,653 with an incredible 3.6% unemployment rate. More people who live in Glenbrooke North work in New Westminster on average than the city at large. (2006)
The largest employer in the city, the Royal Columbian Hospital, provides the community with 3500 jobs. Right next door to the hospital is the exciting new Brewery District that’s just now being developed. Douglas College is the next largest employer with 930 employees. (2006)
By its choices of initiatives, it is clear that the city cares about its residents’ jobs and subsequent quality of life. Its focus is creating jobs through civic growth, even to the point of entertaining the idea of giving city-owned land away for free to developers with plans to boost the city’s aesthetic and economic value.
It’s also the first city in the country to make a ‘living wage’ law requiring all firms contracted directly by the city to pay its workers a living wage, which in 2015 was calculated to be $20.68 an hour.
On one corner of the boundary of Glenbrooke North at the intersection of McBride and 10th, Royal Square provides residents with a Safeway grocery, a liquor store and a small mall of shops.
Westminster’s biggest mall, Royal City Centre, is in the Uptown neighbourhood 15 minutes away from Glenbrooke North on foot.
Coming Home Cafe, located on the western edge of the Glenbrooke North, is the perfect funky neighbourhood eatery. Sit at the counter and order some breakfast; this diner’s specialty.
Like much of the rest of the city, Columbia Street to the east has been renewing itself while still keeping its mid-century charm. Ethnic restaurants and fun food trucks offer an assortment of the PNW’s comfort food favourites.
Wild Rice is easily New Westminster’s favorite for fine dining. The critically-acclaimed modern organic Chinese restaurant is located on the food floor of the exciting new River Market in Quayside.
Most people in the Glenbrook North neighbourhood travel by car, and the neighbourhood isn’t quite as accessible by bus as other parts of the city.
If you park your car and hop on the Skytrain rapid transit link, you can be in Vancouver proper in less than 30 minutes. You can also reach most of the city through its local bus system. Bus stops at several different spots also connect New West residents to Metro Vancouver’s excellent universities and colleges.
École Glenbrook is a triple track English and French Immersion middle school with over 560 students.
The city’s only high school, New Westminster Secondary School, is just one neighbourhood over. It’s one of the largest high schools in BC, but also has a large selection of academic offerings including the International Baccalaureate Programme, specialised mini-schools and well-supported arts and sports programmes.
Nearby colleges and universities include Simon Fraser University in Burnaby and Douglas College in New West.
Queen’s Park, which runs along the southern border of Glenbrooke North, is one of the city’s most active arts venues, hosting numerous events throughout the year such as plays, movies and local festivals.
The Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park hosts the oldest community theatre troupe in BC, the Vagabond Players.
The Massey Theatre, one of the city’s other prominent arts venues, also borders the neighbourhood, sharing property with New Westminster High School.
Glenbrooke North is very lucky to share its border with the incredible Queen’s Park, which draws people in from all over Vancouver with its relaxing green spaces and recreational activities. Just like other parks, you can pack yourself a picnic and find a great old tree to sit under, but unlike other parks, you can also take your family to a petting zoo, catch a play, attend a festival, cool off at the spraypark, watch a sports match, or see what other surprises you’ll find.
Glenbrooke North also has several nearby sports courts, fields and lacrosse boxes. The Canada Games Pool lends its services to local families as well as athletes training for competition.
The Terry Hughes Park located inside the neighbourhood has soccer and softball fields as well as a playground, basketball court, flower displays and relaxing park benches.
Now that Vancouverites have begun to discover what an affordable gem New Westminster is, the market’s entered a period of steady and encouraging growth. Because of its affordable heritage homes and proximity to the amazing Queen’s Park, the Glenbrook North neighbourhood is performing exceptionally well with a growth rate of more than twice that of the city at large.
As an expression of its unusual diversity, Glenbrooke North curiously has the a higher share of households in both the highest and lowest income categories than the rest of the city. All in all, its median household income remains higher than the city’s in general. Those who move to Glenbrooke North enjoy a low crime rate and a great quality of life.
In general, New West’s housing market yields incredible deals in comparison to neighbouring cities like Burnaby. The detached home market is especially strong since there’s a shortage of houses compared to the number of interested buyers.
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Listing information last updated on September 17th, 2019 at 12:00am PDT.
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