Richmond is a historic city just south of the Vancouver International Airport and the City of Vancouver and just 20 minutes north of the US/Canada border. It’s on Lulu Island, between the two arms of the Fraser River, and its rich delta soil still produces bountiful crops of vegetables and berries, especially in eastern Richmond.
The urbanized western part of the island is an extremely desirable location for families looking for close proximity to Downtown Vancouver. Since the 1990s it has also been a magnet for new Canadians from China. In some areas, particularly Golden Village between Number 3 and Number 4 Road, it’s possible to think you’re in Asia.
Due to Richmond’s downtown core, the city has denser multi-family housing. This includes a high concentration of condominiums and apartments. The area’s condominiums are priced lower than those in nearby Vancouver, making it a prime place for first-time home buyers who want to stay close to the city.
In addition to Richmond’s urban setting, outlying areas of the city offer a number of historical sites and destinations, including the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Historical Site, Steveston Village, a working fishing village and the Steveston Museum.
Richmond real estate prices in some areas are much lower than neighbourhoods in nearby Vancouver, and the demand for housing continues to surpass supply. Recently, investors from Mainland China have driven up Richmond detached home prices significantly. Prices for homes in Richmond range from $245,000 for an apartment to $3+ million for a larger detached home. The average price for a home in Richmond is $682,516.
Richmond Centre Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the area, offers everything from clothing stores, jewelers, eletronics stores, a dental clinic and a physiotherapy centre. Lansdowne Centre, another large mall, offers several department stores, beauty salons, toy stores and outlet stores all within one location. In summer, people from all over flock to Richmond’s Summer Night Market, for shopping, entertainment, and most of all, delicious pan-Asian street food.
Schools and Education in Richmond
Richmond Cafés and Restaurants
Richmond’s urbanized downtown core means the city offers a wide variety of restaurants to suit even the most discriminating palate. Whether you crave seafood, fast food, Thai, sushi or Mediterranean, Richmond has something to suit your tastes. And Chinese dining is said to be among the best in the world. Competition between restaurants is ferocious, and prices are moderate.
Richmond Sports and Recreation
While Richmond is a very urban suburban city, the area offers several options for residents to stay active. Residents can visit the Lang Centre, a 3,000-square-foot community centre that offers sports such as badminton and soccer, as well as a gym. The Richmond Ice Centre offers residents a full ice arena for hockey practices and skating. For a refreshing dip, visit the Minoru Aquatic Centre, which offers several pools, two whirlpools and a children’s slide. Richmond is also great for golf lovers. With several top-notch courses in and around the city, golfers don’t need to travel far to tee off. Several courses include the Greenacres Golf Course, the Richmond Country Club and the Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club.
Translink offers numerous bus services to Richmond, including the C94 Richmond Oval/Brighouse Station and the C96 East Cambie/Brighouse Station routes. The quickest way for transit riders to commute to other parts of the Greater Vancouver area is to board the SkyTrain Canada Line at the Richmond-Brighouse station. Drivers can also take the No. 2 Road into Vancouver.
Richmond Property Statistics
|Average Home prices*|
*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, average sale prices in Richmond for July to October, 2011.
Population* – 174,461
|65 to 74||6%|
|45 to 64||32%|
|20 to 44||37%|
|5 to 19||17%|
|Fully owned||76% (“Owners”)|
|First Nations Band Housing||0%|
|Apartment, less than five stories||25%|
|Apartment, five or more stories||4%|
Suburbs surrounding Richmond