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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: 129 JARDINE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2372203

$2,288,000

129 JARDINE Street New Westminster V3M 5M2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2009, 2,990 sq. ft.
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 324 JOHNSTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "Queensborough" : MLS®# R2445008

$1,999,900

324 JOHNSTON Street New Westminster V3M 5H5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
3 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1943, 2,198 sq. ft.
BUILDER INVESTOR…OPPORTUNITY … 3-LOT SUBDIVISION Potential on this 99×147 property. Value is primarily land value. Current older residence is being used as a revenue rental house. Must check with City of New Westminster regarding development... Details
RE/MAX Colonial Pacific Realty
Main Photo: 647 EWEN Avenue in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2422245

$1,555,000

647 EWEN Avenue New Westminster V3M 5C2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1930, 3,300 sq. ft.
Heritage development Site. City Approval for 5 strata units. All 3 bedrooms with garages, sizes - 1405 sqft - 1683 sqft. Original front of the building is Heritage, and is incorporated into the... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 238 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2406827

$1,499,800

238 HOWES Street New Westminster V3M 5L6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2019, 2,961 sq. ft.
Queensborough- New Home Subdivision, near schools, transit & amenities. 3 QUALITY built homes incl detached 2-car garage pre-wired for electric car charging. LEGAL (2) bdrm suite with laundry. Potential income $2000.00/mth. Radiant in-floor heating, A/C, security... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 234 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2407767

$1,499,800

234 HOWES Street New Westminster V3M 5L6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2019, 2,961 sq. ft.
Queensborough- New Home Subdivision, near schools, transit & amenities. 3 QUALITY built homes incl detached 2-car garage pre-wired for electric car charging. LEGAL (2) bdrm suite with laundry. Potential income $2000.00/mth. Radiant in-floor heating, A/C, security... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 140 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2436994

$1,488,800

140 HOWES Street New Westminster V3M 5A1 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 4 baths, Built: 2019, 2,628 sq. ft.
Built by the award winning, "Binning and Sons Development" this home is created with very fine details. Upstairs features 3 spacious bedrooms, great for any growing family, Highend S/S appliances, modern light fixtures, and a great open floor plan. REC room on the main... Details
RE/MAX 2000 Realty
Main Photo: 312 HAMPTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2440643

$1,488,000

312 HAMPTON Street New Westminster V3M 5M1 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2018, 3,712 sq. ft.
Stunning custom built home conveniently located in Queensborough. This recently built home exemplifies the pinnacle of craftmanship. With elegant finishings and attention to the most minute details this beautiful home features 6 bed 4 baths and over 3700 sqft of luxury... Details
Oakwyn Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 320 PEMBINA Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "Queensborough" : MLS®# R2429219

$1,445,000

320 PEMBINA Street New Westminster V3M 5J6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2019, 3,503 sq. ft.
Gorgeous New 3,503 sq ft, 7 bedroom & Den 6 bath, luxury home on huge 50 x 130 lot on quiet family friendly Queensborough street. This bright & spacious home features, high ceilings, large rooms, Hi-end white kitchen with island & quartz counters & separate spice... Details
RE/MAX All Points Realty
Main Photo: 346 JOHNSTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2438692

$1,399,999

346 JOHNSTON Street New Westminster V3M 5H5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
8 beds, 6 baths, Built: 1997, 4,184 sq. ft.
Welcome to this beautiful custom built home which is centrally located in a fast growing, family oriented community of Queensborough. Minutes away from Shopping, transit, schools. This home is built with very functional lay outs, includes 4 spacious bedrooms upstairs... Details
Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 356 JOHNSTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2299066

$1,399,900

356 JOHNSTON Street New Westminster V3M 5H5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1973, 2,604 sq. ft.
Builders! Investors! Future Potential to SUBDIVIDE to Two 33 x 145 Lots with Back Lane. 2 Levels, 2604 sqft., 3 Bedrooms, 2 & 1/2 Bathrooms. High Efficiency Gas Furnace. Big Deck 18'10 x 10'4. Single Garage with Workshop and Storage Room (689 sqft ). Close to... Details
RE/MAX Crest Realty
Data was last updated April 3, 2020 at 01:10 AM (UTC)

Queensborough - New Westminster
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