Moody Park Area Real Estate & Homes For Sale
Dead centre of town is the huge, gorgeous Queen’s Park, the city’s beloved green oasis and cultural centre. Just to the west of the Queen’s Park are the lovely tree-lined streets and heritage homes of the Moody Park neighbourhood. Moody Park (not to be confused with the neighbourhood’s smaller park of the same name) is bounded by 10th and 6th Avenues and 12th and 6th Streets and shares an up-and-coming commercial and entertainment area with neighbouring Uptown.
Moody Park’s community park and shared border with larger Queen’s Park add an invaluable quality of life to the neighbourhood. Many of the homes within the tight-knit community were built in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s with the intention of using the neighbourhood park as a meeting place and communal backyard. A variety of strongly supported community organizations share the space, leading to a unique culture of togetherness and cooperation.
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New Westminster has gone through many periods of intense transition. It’s the oldest established city in BC and even held the position of the area’s capital city for a time. It welcomed pioneers during the gold rush era and soldiers coming home from the Great War. Now, the city’s impressively effective revitalization efforts have kicked New West into yet another exciting transition period, which means it’s growing quickly as people realize its value.
Dubbed “The Hub” due to its location at the geographic centre of the Metro Vancouver area, New West rests on the banks of the Fraser River. Bordering cities are Burnaby to the North, Surrey to the east, and Richmond to the southwest. Depending on where you’re looking, you’ll have stunning views of either the Golden Ears Mountains or the Fraser River.
The warm and wet climate classifies the region as a “rainforest” with 111cm of rain annually. There are also 2,000 hours of sunshine, a high average temperature of 22°C and a low of
Most residents of New West either work in the sales and service industry or the business, finance and administration sector. The largest employer in the city is Royal Columbian Hospital, which is about 10 minutes away from Moody Park by car or 15 minutes by local transit.
New Westminster’s Douglas College is the next largest employer in the city, providing 930 jobs in the field of education.
The city of New West has shown its commitment to creating and sustaining new jobs through its robust plans for renovating many areas of the city as well as its “living wage employer” initiative, which sets a wage requirement for all contractors working on city projects.
The Royal City Mall is located at 6th and 6th, right at the border the neighbourhood shares with Uptown. In addition to retail shops, the mall also houses an unexpected array of services like a dentist, pharmacy and grocery store.
In addition to the shops and eateries at the growing retail mall, Moody Park residents also have walkable access to the newly revitalized Uptown commercial area where local businesses kept by passionate shopkeepers offer even more good and services.
There are many eateries within steps of Moody Park such as Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine, Ole Ole Mexican Deli, and several Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese Restaurants.
Leisurely weekends are a great time to take a short stroll over to Coming Home Cafe to grab breakfast or cup of coffee after a night out at one of Uptown’s public houses.
Transportation and Easy Access
Moody Park’s 6th Street border is dotted with TransLink bus stops that will bring residents to any of the Skytrain stations in the city. From there, residents can easily connect to other Metro Vancouver areas. A train ride to Downtown Vancouver takes about 20 minutes.
Many goods and services a Moody Park resident might need such as groceries, banks or dentists are a short walk away.
The neighbourhood’s primary school is Lord Kelvin K-7. It enrolls a diverse array of students from other countries, giving all students a great respect for other cultures and people.
The city’s only high school, New Westminster Secondary School, is one of the largest in BC. Its size has allowed it to break into specialized mini-schools and develop a strong International Baccalaureate Programme. It shares its campus with Massey Theatre, which was formerly BC’s largest theatre.
Nearby colleges and universities include New West’s Douglas College, Burnaby’s Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Moody Park’s own Massey Theatre has hosted many important international performances, and today it welcomes orchestras, headliners, and productions by the Royal City Musical Theatre.
Neighbouring Queen’s Park is also one of the city’s liveliest arts venues with two theatres and an exciting list of annual local festivals and celebrations.
Recreation and Sports
Moody Park, the neighbourhood’s own communal green space, houses the city’s youth centre, senior centre and Lawn Bowling Club. It provides recreational areas to play court sports, an arena to skate or play hockey and lacrosse, fields to play softball and soccer and an outdoor swimming pool and spray park.
The borders of New West contain 48 city parks, the most stunning of which is Queen’s Park. There are plans to renovate the large greenspace, but there are currently even more fields, clubhouses and courts there in addition to its rolling tree-filled get-away spots.
Just outside the city is Burnaby Lake where residents can travel just 7 kilometres away to access a picnic and swimming area and hiking trails near the water.
Investing in Moody Park Real Estate
In general, New West’s value as a community full of affordable heritage homes has been a bit of a secret. But since Vancouverites have been spreading the word, many new families have chosen to make the Royal City their home. The shortage of homes compared to the increased demand of buyers has created a strong housing market for the growing city.
Census data lumps Uptown and Moody Park together as one area and lists the median household income for both neighbourhoods combined as $34,963, making this growing area an ideal place to invest. Moody Park is the more suburban of the two neighbourhoods, containing many mid-century and craftsman homes built around the concept of the neighbourhood park’s role as community anchor. Moody Park neighbourhood also has apartments, townhomes and condos, but not as many on average as Uptown.
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