New Westminster real estate guide & listings for sale
New Westminster is a good city to buy a house in for those who prefer a slower-paced ambience. There are over 50 parks nearby for residents to enjoy, which makes it easy to access them. This part of the Vancouver metropolitan area is also good for those who need a quiet atmosphere, as there isn't a lot of street noise or city clamour - however some parts can be quite noisy, especially near Highway 91, Highway 91A or one of the railway lines.
New Westminster will appeal to house buyers that value various means of transportation. The good public transit access allows people to get to many destinations without needing a car. For instance, property owners can count on the Braid Station, Columbia Station and 22nd Street Station on the Expo Line. There are a multitude of rapid transit stations with access to the Expo Line. The city is served by approximately 20 bus lines, and the closest bus stop is typically just around the corner. This part of the Vancouver metropolitan area is also reasonably conducive to walking, although common errands are at times difficult to run without the use of a car. The bicycle is a rather poor method of transportation in New Westminster as there are a limited number of bike lanes, and cyclists are faced with a significant amount of elevation changes.
In New Westminster, roughly one third of buildings are small apartment buildings, while large apartment buildings, duplexes, and single detached homes are the main alternatives in the housing stock. This part of the Vancouver metropolitan area also has a good selection of housing size options - properties range from lofts to four or more bedrooms. Around 55% of the population of this city own their home while the rest are renters. About one quarter of properties in this city were built between 1960 and 1980, while the majority of the remaining buildings were constructed pre-1960 and in the 1980s.
A supermarket is ordinarily accessible within a reasonably short walk from any home in this part of the Vancouver metropolitan area. Additionally, New Westminster is a good place in which to eat out, and a small number of coffee shops is available as well. A good selection of clothing stores can also be found within a reasonably short walking distance. With regards to education, in New Westminster, parents and their kids will generally be able to get to schools and daycares by walking. Along with public schools, there are private primary and secondary schools.