McLennan North Real Estate & Homes For Sale
The McLennan North neighbourhood is located in the City Centre area of beautiful Richmond, a historically-rich coastal town that is the fourth most populous city in British Columbia. Those interested in relocating to Richmond will find a variety of home options in McLennan North, from sprawling homes with large yards to posh townhouses and condos. The McLennan North neighbourhood is different from some of the older and more historical areas in the city, as it has been planned as a complete community, combining recreational and educational resources, green spaces, public transit, community facilities and resources to residents. The continuing city plan is to realize goals of improving all areas of life for McLennan North (as well as Richmond as a whole) residents.
Thus far, new schools have been built, large neighbourhood parks have been constructed, transportation has been improved and roads have been upgraded, and a variety of new housing developments have been created. The city looks for McLennan North to become one of the key downtown residential neighbourhoods in Richmond.
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The City Centre, where McLennan North is located, has a population of just over 48,000 residents, up 10,000 since 2006. The City Centre is the most populous neighbourhood area within Richmond. Residents have every amenity they could desire at their fingertips, in addition to the advantage of being located in a charming and historical area of the city. The average income of City Centre residents is $52,947. Neighbors here are friendly and enjoy stopping to talk, many of them being parents with school-aged children or retirees. A variety of home options, affordable housing, and additional benefits makes McLennan North a wonderful neighbourhood for those poised to purchase a home in Richmond.
About 55% of Richmond residents work within the city, while others commute to other cities for work; typically downtown Vancouver, New Westminster or Burnaby. Of those who work within the city, nearly 30% hold a job in the sales and services industry, the largest industry in Richmond. Others work in tourism, manufacturing, travel and transportation, and high-tech goods and services. Some of the top employers in the area are MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, Vancouver International Airport, and the City of Richmond. Agriculture is also a fairly sizable industry, with nearly 5,000 hectares of farmland preserved by the Agricultural Land Preserve, and over 3,000 of those being worked by 247 farms. The most dominant crops in this city are cranberries and blueberries, though some farmers grow strawberry, corn and potato crops as well. The unemployment rate within Richmond is 5.7%.
McLennan North residents are just minutes away from Richmond Centre and Lansdowne Center, where they can shop for nearly anything they desire. At these malls, residents will find hundreds of shops and services, with everything from trendy clothing, shoes and sunglasses to home decor, perfume, jewelry and gifts. Cafes and restaurants abound in this area as well. Along No. 3 Road nearby, residents can find a slew of restaurants offering up flavorful and traditional Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese dishes as well as pizza, seafood, steaks and more traditional American-style fare. Here and there in the clusters of restaurants are cafes and pubs. There is something available for every resident and every mood.
McLennan North streets are organized around long blocks with many amenities located within walking distance. Although the neighbourhood is still very car-dependent, city initiatives have worked to balance transportation methods in McLennan North. This is done by protecting certain blocks from through traffic, as well as providing convenient access to buses and making pedestrian and biking areas safe and readily-available on most streets. Outside of the neighbourhood, individuals can reach Vancouver and other surrounding cities via the Canada Line rapid transit service or by vehicle in less than half an hour.
Families who have been drawn to the McLennan North neighbourhood send their children to the Hendry Anderson Elementary school, which is a dual-track school that offers Early French Immersion as well as English curriculum. Right next to the elementary school is the AR MacNeill Secondary School. Parents who want to take advantage of public school alternatives have access to 3 Montessori schools in Richmond.
Those requiring higher education can take advantage of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which offers a huge range of programs and degrees, from accounting to political science. In 2013, Sprott Shaw College opened a satellite location in Richmond, offering a variety of degrees and programs as well.
Just over 2km from McLennan North is the Richmond Cultural Centre and the Richmond Art Gallery. Here, individuals can explore a visual history of Richmond, including vintage photographs and artifacts. The art gallery features exhibits from locally-known and nationally-known artists specializing in contemporary art. In the same area, residents can check out the Minoru Chapel, where breathtaking opera acts take place. Talent has included the Vancouver Cantonese Opera and the City Opera Vancouver.
The Gateway Theatre is a massive benefit to the city, being Richmond's only professional live theater venue. In addition to offering up thoughtful, intelligent and dramatic plays, the Gateway offers classes and workshops. Children ages 6 and up can take courses to learn about live performances, live musical performances, and playwriting or take acting or voice lessons.
Many public art pieces exist within Richmond, with a large portion of them going up for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Families or individuals seeking a day of adventure can visit the Richmond Cultural Centre to obtain maps with 10 Minute Walking Art Tours charted on them. With these maps, they can explore the 65 public art installments created by over 80 artists.
The first thing many residents think about when it comes to Richmond and recreation is the 8,000-seat speed skating oval located near the No. 2 Road Bridge. This $178 million CAD oval was constructed for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and now serves as a fantastic recreational structure. The $6 million CAD John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse is also an excellent option when it comes to recreation, as residents can participate in rowing and dragon boating activities. McLennan residents enjoy Garden City Park, located on Garden City Road; this park is an award-winning space inspired by European design. Here, residents enjoy a play area and pond, tennis courts and an amazing Arboretum featuring more than 100 species of trees from the Pacific Rim.
Richmond is also home to the Richmond Sockeyes Junior B hockey team, as well as the Richmond Budgies baseball club. Various other teams, from swim teams to rowing teams are also part of the Richmond sports scene. Festivals abound in this city, including the Steveston Salmon Festival which typically takes place on Canada Day. Residents show up in crowds to enjoy a massive salmon barbecue as well as a parade. Historical festivals are also quite common, including the Richmond Maritime Festival which takes place at the Britannia Shipyard in August. This festival celebrates the long and rich maritime history of Richmond and the Fraser River.
Investing in McLennan North Real Estate
There are numerous reasons why families, investors, retirees and young professionals are becoming more and more interested in McLennan North for permanent relocation and investing. The City of Richmond's ongoing community plan will continue to benefit residents as the area is transformed into an urban neighbourhood with a park-like setting, promoting and establishing grade-oriented housing to meet the needs of a diverse population, and creating a "complete" community where residents are within walking distance of a variety of community services and amenities.
Presently, the areas to the north and west of McLennan North are undeveloped, creating a secluded feel to certain neighbourhood homes. As those areas develop and residential and/or commercial spaces are implemented there, even more interest will be placed in McLennan North. This, along with all of the other initiatives and benefits, will drive up real estate values, so that individuals investing now will realize a growth in their assets. Combine this with the family-friendly environment and easy access to all available amenities, and it's not difficult to see why this neighbourhood is one of the most highly sought-after within the city of Richmond.
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