Steveston Village Real Estate & Homes For Sale
In the southwest corner of Lulu Island, Richmond, is a quaint little village full of character and charm. Some might even say Steveston Village is magical. It is, after all, the backdrop of ABC's Once Upon a Time and locations in Steveston Village make up the show's fictional town of Storybrooke. Steveston Village was once home to 15 canneries, and played the role of a busy fishing port. Today, the canneries are closed and areas that were once commercial have been turned into a variety of residential spaces, including townhouses, condos, and single-family homes full of character and charm.
Although located in the lower mainland's fourth most populous city, stepping into Steveston Village is like stepping back in time, and it offers the chance for locals to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, even if it is just coming home to the laid-back, coastal community after a day's work. Although the entire area of Steveston is home to about 25,245 individuals, Steveston Village represents just a small amount of those people. The area is still very much a fishing village, and although a relaxed and peaceful area, is becoming a popular tourist attraction and some days bring in thousands of visitors. Residents of the area live in close proximity to beach access, enjoy plenty of recreational activities and locations, with some of the most delicious dining in Richmond, and a variety of options for shopping.
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Richmond enjoys a thriving workforce made up of a variety of industries. Individuals working in sales or professional services make up the largest group of employees in Richmond, followed closely by those in business, finance and administration. Other popular industries include trade and transport, technology, healthcare and manufacturing. Recently, individuals working in the busy downtown Vancouver area and other large cities have become interested in Richmond for relocation; it provides a relaxed getaway from the crowding and other issues of Vancouver, but is just over half-an-hour's drive. It is such a convenience for these workers that nearly half of all Richmond residents within the workforce are individuals who work in other cities. Steveston's average household income is almost $112,000, and about 75% of residents in Richmond own their homes rather than rent. The unemployment rate is just 5.7%, lower than the rate for the province as a whole.
When it comes to shopping and dining, Steveston Village residents would argue that their neighbourhood offers the best of the best in both categories. A huge variety of shops and retail spaces are located along the streets in Steveston Village, and the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market happens year-round every other Sunday. Here, residents are able to get a wide array of goods, including homemade jams and jellies, various types of art, gifts, and novelties. Those desiring more mainstream shopping options have access to Richmond Centre and Lansdowne Centre to the north, just minutes away.
Fresh seafood is always available in Steveston Village; residents love visiting the Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant for waterfront dining and delicious dishes like fish and chips or fresh salmon. The Charthouse Restaurant is another waterfront option serving up surf and turf dishes as well as a selection of wines. Dockside dining at Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill is a favorite amongst locals, where they can order a spectacular burger and a glass of wine or a craft beer. A variety of other restaurants are enjoyed daily, featuring a large selection of cuisine options.
Navigating Steveston Village is easy for locals and visitors; Bayview Street provides access to Number 1 Road, where residents can reach Steveston Highway and then Highway 99. These few roads allow locals to access everything they need, from locations within Richmond to nearby cities. Public transportation is an option for Steveston Village residents, as TransLink buses operate throughout the city. Within the village, most people prefer to walk or bicycle to locations, as the area is small and concentrated. The SkyTrain stations in Richmond provide rapid transit to Vancouver and other cities, and the Vancouver International Airport located on Sea Island is just 20 minutes away by car.
Children living in Steveston Village attend Tomekichi Homma Elementary and Robert Alexander McMath Secondary Schools. Also nearby are the Pacific Rim Montessori Academy for those who want an alternative to public schools, as well as With Our Own Two Hands Preschool and the Steveston Japanese Language School. Most of these schools are just minutes away from homes in Steveston Village. Higher education institutions in Richmond include Sprott Shaw College and the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, both of which offer several degree options in a variety of fields.
Art is a major part of life in Steveston Village. In the quaint shops or at the Farmer's and Artisan's Market, folks can find a huge variety of art created by Steveston locals. Other options include the Richmond Art Gallery, which showcases fine contemporary art from Canadian and international artists. The Richmond Cultural Centre (the location of the Richmond Art Gallery) features a large variety of historical artifact and memorabilia. Residents can take in a live performance at the Gateway Theatre, which features an ever-changing lineup of comedy acts, plays, operas and live musical acts.
Residents of Steveston Village have a variety of recreational activities and options to choose from. The Steveston Greenway, stretching from Garry Point Park all way past the Murakami Visitor's Centre, is an excellent place to hike or cycle, offering stunning views of nature and plenty of places to explore. The Dyke Trail is another excellent option, and a place where locals often visit to bird-watch, as the area is home to bald eagles, blue herons and a variety of sea birds. Tours of all kinds are available in Steveston Village, from tours of the London Farm and Britannia Heritage Shipyards to whale-watching and eco-tours. Water sports are quite popular, from boating to water-skiing. A huge variety of parks throughout Richmond provide excellent places to enjoy picnics, let the children play, enjoy a swim or explore.
Festivals are also quite popular in Steveston Village, including the annual Salmon Festival, where massive amounts of delicious barbecued salmon are cooked and served up to hungry visitors. The Canada Day Parade is also a big deal, and locals gather in crowds to watch the excitement.
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Steveston Village is the perfect destination for individuals or families who want to enjoy the amenities of Richmond but desire a more secluded, slower-paced lifestyle. There are some absolutely breathtaking views of the river from homes within Steveston Village, and newer developments have ensured that residents have plenty of options when it comes to housing. One of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Richmond, Steveston Village attracts the eye of investors who know they can find hidden gems for affordable prices and earn a fantastic return on investment. Overall, Steveston Village is a wonderful place to live, a family-friendly environment, within close proximity to all of the amenities one could ever want.
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