- New Westminster
- Residential Detached
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- 122 First Street
- New Westminster
- Queens Park
Queen’s Park is one of the New West’s most desirable neighbourhoods. No other area has such a huge concentration of impressive historical homes built around the neighbourhood’s namesake: the famously splendid Queen’s Park. Couple that with the excellent access to sports facilities and its central location within the city proper, and it’s easy to see why properties here frequently elicit bidding wars.
3,040 residents live in authentic heritage homes or replicas in the Victorian style as well as apartments and condominiums. There are more children and young adults under the age of 24 in Queen’s Park than the city at large, but less adults ages 25-34. The median household income in significantly higher than New West’s on average at $72,164. (2006)
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New Westminster is the oldest incorporated city in BC and has a rich history as the first capital of the province. Its well-preserved collection of heritage homes, particularly in the beautiful and lofty Queen’s Park neighbourhood, reflect the city’s many eras of rapid progress from the stately Victorian period to the post-war growth of the suburbs and onto today’s new period of civic revitalization.
New Westminster is located on the right bank of the Fraser River in the center of the Greater Vancouver region about 19km from the city of Vancouver. The neighbourhood of Queen’s park rests in the center of the town with Moody Park and Uptown to the West, Glenbrooke North to the north and the up-and-coming Quayside district just to the south.
New West shares Vancouver’s mild temperate rainforest climate with 111cm of annual rainfall and 2,000 hours of sunshine. Summer highs peak at 22°C and winter lows dip to 6°C.
Queen’s Park residents have slightly more education on average than New West as a whole, and are more likely to work in social science, education, and government.
24% of all New West residents work in the sales and service sector with the largest employer being the Royal Columbian Hospital. Douglas College is the next largest employer.
At points throughout its history Queen’s Park had its own shopping district, but even though the neighbourhood’s commercial area is gone, most amenities are within walking distance. Its central location means both of the city’s main commercial areas, the Downtown Quayside area and the Uptown Moody Park area are both nearby.
The Royal City Centre shopping mall in Uptown is full of great shops and services like groceries and dentists. The Quay’s brand new River Market has been the talk of the town since opening, offering a “Curious Floor” filled with local artisanal vendors and artists.
Although most shops have gone, the Queen’s Park Meat Market has been the town’s favourite butcher since 1915.
Queen’s Park Treats Concession is a fun fair-weather spot to get food while strolling through the park. Outside the neighbourhood, visit bordering Uptown or Columbia Street for funky diners, pubs, and any ethnic food you’re craving.
Two brand new restaurants in neighbouring Quayside are drawing a lot of attention as well. The upscale Wild Rice serves modern, organic Chinese food and Re-Up BBQ was scooped up out of its recent Vancouver food truck fame and plunked right into New West’s good graces. Both aptly reside on the “Hungry Floor” of the Quay’s innovative new River Market.
Queen’s Park residents are more likely to have jobs in New West than their counterparts in other areas of the city, and many walk or bike to work, most likely because of the irresistible temptation of the park’s green spaces and the neighbourhood’s central location.
It’s about a twenty minute walk to public transportation stations from most spots in the neighbourhood, and then about a twenty minute train ride from any one of the five SkyTrain terminals in the city to Vancouver proper. Many professionals commuting to Vancouver drive to the train station and take the train into the city.
The neighbourhood’s primary school is Herbert Spencer Elementary, which was built in 1911 and provides the community with a dual track English and Early French Immersion School. The school has many active programmes such as an active track and field program and a well-developed music department.
Glenbrooke Middle School is a triple track English and French Immersion school with more than 560 students. Its Early French Immersion and Late French Immersion programmes are magnets for students from all across New West.
New Westminster Secondary School in the neighbouring Moody Park area is one of the largest in all of BC. It offers students access to the lauded International Baccalaureate Programme and well supported arts and sports programmes.
Queen’s Park also houses the Urban Academy, which is a destination school for students from New West as well as surrounding cities. Its arts-infused approach to learning helps each student develop a deeper relationship with academic subjects.
Nearly colleges and universities include New Westminster’s own Douglas College, The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and Simon Fraser University in the neighbouring city of Burnaby.
Queen’s Park neighbourhood is fortunate to contain the city’s cultural center, the park itself. Multiple stages and other venues host numerous plays, outdoor movie showings, festivals and other community events.
The park’s Bernie Legge Theatre hosts the oldest community theatre in BC, the Vagabond Players. There are also several other highly-rated performing arts venues, galleries and craft vendors to be found throughout the city, including the nearby Massey Theatre which hosts the Royal City Musical Theatre as well as many national and international performers.
The park inside the Queen’s Park neighbourhood is New West’s pride and joy. Its forest setting hosts an eclectic mix of playgrounds and sporting venues. The spraypark and petting zoo are a unique draw for families. Active adults can play soccer, lacrosse and softball on the park’s artificial turf. There are also tennis courts, an off-leash dog area, an arena and both indoor and outdoor gyms.
The park has entered a period of expansion so it can serve New West residents even better.
Residents of other neighbourhoods in the city travel to this neighbourhood to take advantage of the great outdoors at the center of town. The Millennium Trail winds its way through and around Queen’s Park, but runners, bikers and walkers can also exercise on the Quay’s new riverside boardwalk.
For those that want to get further away from town, Burnaby Lake is only 7km away in Burnaby. Take a picnic and hike or kayak in the beautiful wildlife sanctuary.
New Westminster’s housing market has always represented an excellent value, when compared to other Metro Vancouver cities, but the market’s growing stronger as New West’s recent civic investments are beginning to yield returns.
To give you an idea of how unique the Queen’s Park neighbourhood is, New Westminster votes the area the best place to trick-or-treat every Halloween. Queen’s Park welcomes over 400 costumed kids each year. This quirky statistic is a great indicator of the area’s social cohesion and status as one of the city’s special favourites.
The neighbourhood’s high median household income, its stone’s throw access to a park that’s known as a regional destination and the care its taken to preserve its rich and interesting architectural history make Queen’s Park one of the most sought-after property markets in the area.
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Listing information last updated on March 23rd, 2019 at 2:30am PDT.
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