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Queensborough, New Westminster

Queensborough is a neighbourhood in the city of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. It is on the eastern tip of Lulu Island on the Fraser River.

History

Queensborough was the name originally chosen for the colonial capital by Royal Engineers Commander Colonel Richard Clement Moody. Queen Victoria designated New Westminster instead of Queensborough as her new capital's name. In the 1860s, a survey of Lulu Island by the Royal Engineers resulted in the eastern tip of the island being designated a military reserve for the defense of New Westminster. This portion of land was not incorporated into the new Township of Richmond in 1879. Instead the rapidly growing City of New Westminster annexed the area in 1889. The City received title to the entire Military Reserve from the Provincial Government and it decided to subdivide the area for sale in 1890. A bridge was constructed to reach the area from the Mainland and the lands sold at auction.

The name Queensborough for this neighbourhood of the City was formally established in 1911 when the Queensborough Post Office was opened by early community leader and Italian immigrant Anthony Sprice. In the Chinook Jargon, it is said that an adaption of the name Queensborough - "Koonspa" - is the usual name for New Westminster as a whole. With its many lumber mills and canneries the area became a focus of new immigrants looking for employment and cheap lots to establish family homes. These early groups built their own cultural halls, churches and had many different mutual aid societies. However, the entire community united at time under the Queensborough Ratepayers Association founded in 1911. This group continues to operate and is often cited as the oldest ratepayers association in British Columbia. Early immigrants included the Japanese, Chinese, East Indians or Sikhs, Italians, Greeks, Slovakians, Ukrainians and Finnish peoples. The community grew slowly but developed a unique sense of place because of its unique cultural composition.

Queensborough is today a growing suburban district with a rapidly redeveloped waterfront area known as Port Royal. Queensborough is connected to the rest of New Westminster by the Queensborough Bridge and Annacis Island in Delta by the Derwent Way Bridge. It is served by Highway 91A.

Education

One elementary school, Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, and one middle school, Queensborough Middle School, are located in the neighbourhood.

A Library and community centre were also recently opened. The community centre has a newly renovated exercise area and a gymnasium where local residents partake in physical games of hockey.

Demographics

There is a large population of Indo-Canadian families who live here, however, in recent years the area has become home to many Caucasian and Asian families due to the increasing number of single-family dwellings being built. Many of these new homes are built to resemble old heritage-style homes. In the 1960s, there were many European immigrants; Italians, Portuguese, Polish, Russian etc. as well as Chinese.

At the north end of Queensborough is a new development called Port Royal. To the south is Thompson's Landing, to the west is the industrial area of Tree Island, and to the east is the Fraser River. Access to Annacis Island, an industrial park area and site of one of the GVRD's sewage plants, is via a bridge towards the east end of Queensborough, though the island itself is not part of the City of New Westminster.

Queensborough in New Westminster

Queensborough in New Westminster

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Main Photo: 319 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS(r) # R2117695

$2,711,000

319 HOWES Street New Westminster V3M 5L8 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1970, 2,112 sq. ft.
Queensborough future development site: OCP calls for Multi-Family. House is presently rented at 1,350/month upstairs & potential for another income down. 1/2 acre site to the North is owned by the Ministry of Transportation and could be... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 229 DAWE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "QUEENSBOROUGH" : MLS(r) # R2172169

$1,650,000

229 DAWE Street New Westminster V3M 5N1 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
8 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2015, 4,221 sq. ft.
Amazing 2 yr old, 4221 sf, 6 bdrms + den, 5 bath + a 2 bdrm, 1 bath legal suite. 2 lvl home on large 8465 sf lot in evolving Queensborough area close to schools, shopping, transit & parks. This majestic palace has soaring high ceilings in living room/dining room, a... Details
RE/MAX Advantage Realty
Main Photo: 319 WOOD Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS(r) # R2179419

$1,588,000

319 WOOD Street New Westminster V3M 5K6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
8 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2008, 3,570 sq. ft.
Queensborough. Custom built home with no crawl space & no ditches. Features include crown mouldings, designer paint colours thru-out, radiant heat, gourmet kitchen with granite counters & S/S appliances. Great street & location. Rental income $2375.00 per month. Close... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 190 SPAGNOL Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS(r) # R2157659

$1,500,000

190 SPAGNOL Street New Westminster V3M 6T6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 1996, 2,690 sq. ft.
Standing high at a corner lot in quiet highly accessible neighborhood, this fantastic family house comes with crown molding, new paint, new floor, quality wooden blinds, , breath taking 17" foyer, stunning 11" ceiling living room, new washer/dryer, new dishwasher, new... Details
New Coast Realty
Main Photo: 189 FAIRWEATHER Lane in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "QUEENS BOROUGH" : MLS(r) # R2171401

$1,499,000

189 FAIRWEATHER Lane New Westminster V3M 6X6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1998, 1,992 sq. ft.
WATERFRONT DREAM HOME on a large private lot next to Greenbelt and right on the river. This gorgeous 19 year old, heritage style 3 bdrm & den, 2.5 bath home features high & vaulted ceilings, living room with gas fireplace & French doors leading out to a covered deck... Details
RE/MAX Advantage Realty
Main Photo: 110 VISCOUNT Place in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS(r) # R2151541

$1,470,000

110 VISCOUNT Place New Westminster V3M 6L4 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 5 baths, Built: 1992, 4,135 sq. ft.
Big house on a huge 8,860 sq ft lot on a quiet street ideally at the right-side end of cul-de-sac. Within walking distance is an elementary school, middle school, & the Queensborough community centre. Great family investment with 7 bedrooms with mortgage helper suites... Details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 1222 ECKERT Avenue in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS(r) # R2179512

$1,459,000

1222 ECKERT Avenue New Westminster V3M 6X3 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 7 baths, Built: 2011, 3,182 sq. ft.
Custom Built home! Features include 6 bdrms, 7 bathrooms, Steam showers, Air conditioning, open grand kitchen with high ceilings, RV Parking and the list goes on and on. Too many upgrades to mention. One of a kind. Located in newer development(no ditches). Close to... Details
Keller Williams Black Diamond
Main Photo: 647 EWEN Avenue in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS(r) # R2124166

$1,439,000

647 EWEN Avenue New Westminster V3M 5C2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1930, 3,200 sq. ft.
(2) Legal titled Lots 40' x 120' facing Ewen Ave. Queensborough RQ1 Zoning, build approx. 2800 sq.ft. homes with legal suite. Presently owner resides on the property, but could generate $2,000-$2,500 per month income. Note: lots are legally subdivided and have 2 pid... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 431 EWEN Avenue in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS(r) # R2178770

$1,380,000

431 EWEN Avenue New Westminster V3M 5B5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1987, 2,700 sq. ft.
Great opportunity to live in this original owner home. Clean, Italian owner who use to love planting on the fertile property. 12 x 12 gazebo, 16 x 17 framed eating area, covered by kiwi vines, power & lights already there for great entertainment. Nice layout, 5 large... Details
Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 314 JOHNSTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS(r) # R2175824

$1,378,000

314 JOHNSTON Street New Westminster V3M 5H5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 4 baths, Built: 2016, 2,926 sq. ft.
This one is not to be missed. Home was custom designed . Built in 2016 by a local well respected builder, which comes with home warrenty for a piece of mind. Gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances, gas stove, quartz counter tops throughout, modern colors. Home... Details
Listing information last updated on June 28, 2017

Queensborough - New Westminster