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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: 2103 210 SALTER Street in New Westminster: Queensborough Condo for sale : MLS®# R2335276

$2,750,900

2103 210 SALTER Street New Westminster V3M 0J9 : Queensborough

Residential Attached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2017, 2,355 sq. ft.
The Peninsula is the crown jewel of Port Royal, a 52 acre master plan community. Placed on the point where the Fraser River parts, the 22 storey tower is shaped a bordered by water on three sides. Magnificent views extend across the Fraser River, capturing the sunning... Details
Icon Property Advisors Ltd.
Main Photo: 324 LAWRENCE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2316231

$1,999,999

324 LAWRENCE Street New Westminster V3M 5L2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
2 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1931, 800 sq. ft.
Land... Details
Stonehaus Realty Corp.
Main Photo: 2202 210 SALTER Street in New Westminster: Queensborough Condo for sale in "THE PENINSULA" : MLS®# R2335280

$1,900,900

2202 210 SALTER Street New Westminster V3M 0J9 : Queensborough

Residential Attached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2017, 1,989 sq. ft.
The Peninsula is the crown jewel of Port Royal, a 52 acre Master Planned community. Placed on the point where the Fraser River parts, the 22 storey tower is shaped and bordered by water on three sides. Magnificent views extend across the Fraser River, capturing the... Details
Icon Property Advisors Ltd.
Main Photo: 208 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2307356

$1,750,000

208 HOWES Street New Westminster V3M 5L6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1972, 3,020 sq. ft.
Subdivide into (2) 38.8' x 130' lots with back lane access. Great location with new homes all along the street & close to Elementary school, parks & community centre. Rental income $3250.00 per... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 327 BOYNE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2333670

$1,748,000

327 BOYNE Street New Westminster V3M 5J9 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2016, 3,431 sq. ft.
Convenient located in Queensborough. 2 years new nicely built 2 level home. 4 ensuite bedrooms upstairs and 1 bed legal suite on the main floor. Huge master bedroom with the fire place gives you the best warm comfort feeling. Very practical and open layout. Led... Details
Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 1325 EWEN Avenue in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2334462

$1,688,888

1325 EWEN Avenue New Westminster V3M 5E9 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 7 baths, Built: 2019, 3,376 sq. ft.
This marvelling beauty on the newly updated boulevard screams of curb appeal. Everything a large and growing family would want and need. Four spacious master bedrooms upstairs, each with washroom, walk-in closet, and balconies. The Main floor has a grand high ceiling in... Details
RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 312 HAMPTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2336833

$1,674,888

312 HAMPTON Street New Westminster V3M 5M1 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 4 baths, Built: 2018, 3,712 sq. ft.
Impressive 2 level, 6 bedroom dream house in Queensborough. New Westminster, 3,712 sq ft of quality craftsmanship includes radiant heat, air conditioning, h-vac system, legal one bedroom suite (totally $2,300 per month) - great mortgage helper. Open gorgeous kitchen... Details
Royal Pacific Realty Corp. and Royal Pacific Realty (Kingsway) Ltd.
Main Photo: 232 DAWE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2295911

$1,600,000

232 DAWE Street New Westminster V3M 5N2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
3 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1957, 2,008 sq. ft.
Rentable split level home on large subdividable lot with 49'.7 frontage on Dawe & 49'7 feet on Hume Street. Potential (2) 4100 sq.ft. lots after... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 1232 ECKERT Avenue in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2340769

$1,599,000

1232 ECKERT Avenue New Westminster V3M 6X3 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
9 beds, 5 baths, Built: 1999, 3,814 sq. ft.
Original Sellers, first time this home has ever been offered in the market. This custom built home was higher end luxury for its time. The super functional layout makes this monster home an ideal cash cow. This 10bedroom home has lots of potential and is worth seeing... Details
RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 710 CRANE Place in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2323988

$1,599,000

710 CRANE Place New Westminster V3M 6P5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
8 beds, 5 baths, Built: 1993, 4,109 sq. ft.
Large Famiy Home on quiet cul-de-sac close to parks, buses, Temple & shopping. Features include: 4 bedrooms up & 2 - (2) bedroom suites - potential income $3000 per month. 9,665 sq ft south exposed... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Listing information last updated on February 17, 2019 at 04:05 AM (UTC)

Queensborough - New Westminster
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