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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: 115 SPRICE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2223953

$2,200,000

115 SPRICE Street New Westminster V3M 5L5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1973, 2,225 sq. ft.
ATT: Builders, Queensborough 3 lot subdivision. PLA should arrive shortly from the City of N.W. (1) 7368 sqft lot off Sprice Street & (2) 35' x 122.53' lots at back of lane. Home presently rented @ $1,600.00. Could be a lot... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 229 DAWE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2223884

$1,599,900

229 DAWE Street New Westminster V3M 5N1 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
8 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2015, 4,221 sq. ft.
Queensborough family home on large 50' x 160' lot on quiet street. Modern design with very high ceilings in L/R & D/R. Features also a modern bright white kitchen with S/S appliances, breakfast bar & wok spice kitchen. Skylights thru-out. Grown mouldings & very large... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 319 WOOD Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2179419

$1,498,000

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 $2400.00 per month. Close... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
No Photo Available: 203 PEMBINA Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2219064

$1,480,000

203 PEMBINA Street New Westminster V3M 5J3 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
3 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1966, 2,350 sq. ft.
Builders, Developers and Investors don't miss out ... Take note: 99' W x 116' D; Lot size: 11,543 sq ft subdividable property. This 2,350 sq ft very cozy livable home with 3 bedrooms, rec room and den is located in the heart of Queensborough. Minutes away from all... Details
Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/132)
Main Photo: 110 VISCOUNT Place in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2219115

$1,468,000

110 VISCOUNT Place New Westminster V3M 6L4 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 1992, 4,135 sq. ft.
Below Assessed Value! One of a kind, 7 b/r mega house with great revenue potential! Spacious and beautifully renovated with engineered hardwood floor for the stairs, living, dining, family rooms and hallway, granite counter tops, newer hot water tank, furnace approx... Details
Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 235 HAMPTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2220411

$1,399,900

235 HAMPTON Street New Westminster V3M 0K2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2017, 2,822 sq. ft.
Queensborough. New home subdivision. 6 quality built homes with detached 2 car garages, & legal (2) bedroom suites w/laundry. Custom features include: radiant in-floor heating, air conditioning, LED pot lights, S/S appliances, quartz countertops, & bonus spice kitchen... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 233 HAMPTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2220351

$1,399,900

233 HAMPTON Street New Westminster V3M 0K2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2017, 2,822 sq. ft.
Queensborough - New home subdivision. 6 quality built homes with detached 2 car garages, & legal (2) bedroom suites w/laundry. Custom features include: radiant in-floor heating, air conditioning, LED pot lights, S/S appliances, quartz countertops, & bonus spice kitchen... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 231 HAMPTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2220151

$1,399,900

231 HAMPTON Street New Westminster V3M 0K2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2017, 2,822 sq. ft.
Queensborough - New home subdivision. 6 quality built homes with detached 2 car garages, & legal (2) bedroom suites w/laundry. Custom features include: radiant in-floor heating, air conditioning, LED pot lights, S/S appliances, quartz countertops, & bonus spice kitchen... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 227 HAMPTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2220178

$1,399,900

227 HAMPTON Street New Westminster V3M 0K2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2017, 2,822 sq. ft.
Queensborough - New home subdivision. 6 quality built homes with detached 2 car garages, and Legal (2) bedroom suites w/laundry. Custom features include: radiant in-floor heating, air conditioning, LED pot lights, S/S appliances, quartz countertops, & bonus spice... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 237 HAMPTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2220467

$1,399,900

237 HAMPTON Street New Westminster V3M 0K2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2017, 2,789 sq. ft.
Queensborough.. New home subdivision. 6 quality built homes with detached 2 car garages, & legal (2) bedroom suites w/laundry. Custom features include: radiant in-floor heating, air conditioning, LED pot lights, S/S appliances, quartz countertops, & bonus spice kitchen... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Listing information last updated on December 13, 2017

Queensborough - New Westminster