Richmond is a centrally located Metro Vancouver community with a diverse culture. It’s less than a half hour from the United States border and Downtown Vancouver. A rare look at change and growth is present in the city, with balanced areas including rural, family and urban neighborhoods. The detached homes in town are well-kept and attractive, and the newer houses offer modern floor plans and valuable amenities. Many are within easy walking distance of local schools and parks.
Part of the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area, Richmond, British Columbia is a unique island city with an immense amount of charm. While it was most recently in the spotlight as the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics' speed skating oval, Richmond features a renewed port area and a modern downtown area which draw in visitors from all over. Richmond’s 17 islands are located in the mouth of the Fraser River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean. Richmond is also the site of the Vancouver International Airport. The city was named after Charles Lennox, the 4th Duke of Richmond.
Community Resources and Recreation
The city of Richmond is doing something right since its citizens have the longest life expectancy of all Canadian cities. The average life expectancy in Canada is 81.2 years while Richmond residents live an astonishing 84.9 years. A keen supporter of health, Richmond is home to the Richmond Hospital and also boasts a number of medical foundations. For recreation, Richmond offers an astounding 90 parks within the city limits, making it one of the most park-friendly cities in the country. Parks such as Garry Point offer a unique blend of beaches and green space that virtually anyone can enjoy. The London Heritage Farm is another favorite site for families to visit. There are over 200 acres of additional trails and a number of trails that are located on the city’s dykes. The city features a number of pools, lacrosse boxes, tennis courts, golf courses and hockey arenas. Cultural facilities include a performing arts theater, Gateway Theater, the Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond Art Centre, Richmond Library and the Richmond Museum, all of which are located at the downtown Richmond Cultural Centre.
Local Access and Public Transportation
Locally, the town is connected by a series of roads, bridges and a tunnel. There are numerous highways crossing through Richmond, including the north-south Highway 99 and the east-west Highway 91. Public transportation is excellent in Richmond; buses run throughout the entire city and the Canada Line rapid transit line runs from Richmond to the airport and downtown Vancouver. The port permits arrival by ferry and the airport handles arrival by air.
Richmond has a successful school system that offers, besides the regular curriculum, French immersion classes. Students can also attend International Baccalaureate World School which is part of the secondary school system. Colleges include Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Sprott Shaw College, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, which bases its aerospace programs at the airport in Richmond.
An incredibly diverse area, Richmond is home to the largest Asian population in a Canadian city. Over 47% of the population of Asian or South Asian ethnicity, with Caucasians the next largest group at around 30%. Vancouver is home to the two largest Buddhist temples in Canada. The cost of an average home in Richmond is $1,004,000. Lower cost homes can be found in the downtown area. Local taxes include property taxes, annual residential utility (water, sewer, garbage/recycling) charges, metered utility billings and local improvement charges. Richmond is actively looking for ways to increase development without adding to local taxes.
On Canada Day, Richmond has an annual festival on Steveston Island featuring a parade, assorted booths and a huge barbecued salmon sale. As Steveston is home to Canada’s largest Pacific fishing fleet, this festival also includes the 'Ships to Shore' display honoring the fishing industry. Each year the Richmond Maritime Festival is held at the Brittania Shipyard. All summer, Richmond hosts the Richmond Night Market each weekend. Local farms also offer tours and harvesting during the fall; major crops cultivated in the Richmond area include cranberries and blueberries.
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Listing information last updated on June 6th, 2023 at 2:32pm CDT.