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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® # 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® # 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® # 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: 1391 SOUTH DYKE Road in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2188145

$1,480,000

1391 SOUTH DYKE Road New Westminster V3M 6Z5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2002, 1,728 sq. ft.
A very attractive detached home plus coach house, double garage, waterfront view in the beautiful Queensborough neighbourhood. Well maintained by same owner since it is built. Excellent interior condition. The front porch adds more enjoyment to the living. 9' ceiling in... Details
Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 189 FAIRWEATHER Lane in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "QUEENSBOROUGH" : MLS® # R2191886

$1,475,000

189 FAIRWEATHER Lane New Westminster V3M 6X6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1998, 1,649 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® # R2193425

$1,468,000

110 VISCOUNT Place New Westminster V3M 6L4 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 5 baths, Built: 1992, 4,135 sq. ft.
One of a kind, 7 bdrm mega house with great revenue potential! Spacious and beautifully renovated with engineered hardwood floor for the stairs, living, dining, family rooms and hallway, granite countertops, newer hot water tank, furnace approx 5 yrs and radiant heating... Details
Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 225 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "RQ-1" : MLS® # R2194129

$1,449,000

225 HOWES Street New Westminster V3M 5L7 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2008, 3,185 sq. ft.
A great family home in the heart of Queensborough surrounded by new construction and a family environment. Very functional and spacious layout offers 4 bdrms (2 mstr bdrm with ensuites) Ground level offers 2 + 1 bedroom suites rented for $1,950/monthly. Walking distance... Details
SRS Westside Realty
Main Photo: 647 EWEN Avenue in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # 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: 350 PEMBINA Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "QUEENSBOROUGH" : MLS® # R2196610

$1,348,800

350 PEMBINA Street New Westminster V3M 5J6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1992, 3,024 sq. ft.
Rare opportunity to own this well kept family home in a desired neighbourhood of Queensborough. This beautiful house is sitting on a large 6,512 sq ft lot, with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths up and a double garage. Basement has a nice Rec room open for your ideas. Also a... Details
Bal Realty Services Inc.
No Photo Available: 221 PHILLIPS Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2191335

$1,338,000

221 PHILLIPS Street New Westminster V3M 5N9 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2016, 2,771 sq. ft.
This one is not to be missed. Beautiful brand new family home in new grooming area Queensborough. Open concept living has 3 bdrm with 2.5 washrooms for the main house, and 2 bdrm and 1.5 bath legal suite as mortgage helper. Features include radiant floor heating, gas... Details
New Coast Realty
Listing information last updated on August 18, 2017

Queensborough - New Westminster