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The triumvirate of The Heights, Sapperton and Fraserview neighbourhoods in New Westminster East are all about local history, outstanding views of the Fraser River and urban living to take you back to the 1950s & ‘60s. Diverse, family friendly and now a destination for city hipsters, the three main neighbourhoods of New Westminster East are located below 10th Avenue traveling north, Sapperton located on a slope above the Fraser River bordered by Brunette Ave to the east, Columbia Street to the south, and McBride Boulevard to the west where you’ll find both The Heights and Fraserview neighbourhoods. The Heights today is a combination of Massey Heights and Victory Heights, where numerous post-war homes were constructed for those returning home from the Second World War. Recognized as an oasis in the city, it’s still made up of mostly single family homes.
The burgeoning Sapperton neighbourhood in New Westminster is home to the former site of Labatt’s Brewery, and features a new vibrant master planned community called the Brewery District including a new 15 storey, 116 home condo development. Buyers will also find a good selection of detached homes in historic Sapperton. While the sought after Fraserview neighbourhood in New Westminster East offers buyers a balanced combination of condos and townhomes, in addition to single family homes. With stunning views of tug boats and barges on the Fraser River, Fraserview is the former home of the infamous BC Penitentiary. The Heights, Sapperton & Fraserview neighbourhoods are all still undervalued compared to water views in Vancouver and the North Shore. They’re also ideally situated to Royal Columbian Hospital, one of New Westminster’s largest employers and where $1.25 billion in redevelopments are underway and will include a new 350 bed Acute Care Tower and new and expanded emergency department.
Many of the parks in the area are within easy walking distance
The new retail heart of New Westminster East is along Columbia Avenue and the Brewery District with a Brown’s Social House, Starbucks and Save On Foods. Along with cool restaurants and cafes, locals will find yoga studios, dental offices and other health care professionals. New tenants in the community include offices of TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company and the Transit Police. Historic Sapperton is where you’ll find the original Cap’s Bicycle Shop, a landmark destination for generations of New West cyclists first opened in 1932.
Just a short drive away is the revitalized downtown New Wesminster with art studios and galleries, Fraser River walkway and outdoor patios. Many of the parks in the area are within easy walking distance, such as Victory Heights Park home to shady trees, park benches, a playground and outdoor basketball hoop. Hume Park to the north is the ideal spot for a family picnic. Amenities include off leash dog area, spray park for kids, an outdoor pool and access to the Brunette River and Brunette-Fraser trail. Historic Queen’s Park is right on the doorstop of The Heights and Fraserview and offers many recreational and leisure activities. Residents enjoy the playgrounds, outdoor petting zoo and forested trails and an outdoor fitness circuit. Queen’s Park Arena features local hockey and lacrosse and is home to the famous New Westminster Salmonbellies lacrosse.
New Westminster East has four elementary and middle schools including Howay, McBride, Hume Park & Glenbrook and nearby Herbert Spencer Elementary at Queen’s Park with K-5 classes and an early French Immersion Program. New West Secondary on 10th Avenue has grades from 8 to 12, while Douglas College downtown and the Justice Institute at Queen’s Park are highly respected post secondary institutions.
Getting to and from these desirable neighbourhoods in the north eastern portion of New Westminster is easy with quick access to rapid transit including 22nd, Sapperton, Braid and Columbia Skytrain Stations. Many of these stations are within easy walking distance. For drivers, major thoroughfares like Highway One are just 5 minutes away and 10th Avenue offer commuters direct routes to Burnaby, Vancouver and beyond.
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