Richmond, BC- A western municipality of the Greater Vancouver area
located on a very flat island with
the river on two sides and ocean on the other. Historically
a quaint fishing town with
a seaside village located at the south end of town
. A truly picturesque setting with
lots of West-coast and Japanese-inspired architecture...one of those places
where there are no bad parts of town
the immigrants. The quaint fish-and-chips village turns
into bustling city with
80 condo towers, with
under construction, and many Asian malls. About half the restaurants, (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) in Vancouver are in Richmond. The night market is also
Yes, the Asians account
for 60% of the residents here and outside
of city hall they are a dominating presence that
you cannot avoid. Everywhere you will see high
school FOBS rolling around in their beamers and beeping their cell phones.
Richmond has fast become the most favored suburb in the GVRD and hated by eastern municipalities that
never get any attention...vast majority of the Olympic budget is slated for Richmond (Canada line, speed skating oval). This fair city is also
located next to the island
airport of YVR and is a 20 minute drive
from downtown Vancouver.
Residents generally have some extra
money and can access many recreational
activities close at hand, including biking, swimming, skating, yoga, kayaking, whale watching, beachcombing...so it isn't surprising that
Richmond is the healthiest city in Canada with
a mean life expectancy of 84 years!
Despite its great location and all its amenities, Richmond is still a flood plain and housing prices are still relatively cheap compared to Vancouver. A family moving
here can still afford
a decent house
for under $700,000. Yes, a mere 700k, that
's how we talk in BC.