This is a guest post by Chelle Patterson, who has, over the past 18 years, established a habit of moving back to New Westminster. Homecoming #4 has just been completed, and here Chelle vows she will remain in our hilly little coop.
On August 6th, my husband and I moved to New Westminster. This is his third time living here and my fourth. I guess you could say we’re New West Homing Pigeons. Despite being dragged off to far away places, we always find our way back. The question is, Why?
How much better does it get than being able to do all of one’s shopping without having to get in the car? Much like Portland, a pedestrian-friendly city, New West caters to those sans vehicle. One can visit the local drug store, get groceries, go to the Post Office, shop second-hand, and eat killer waffles all within the space of a few blocks. Having just been transplanted from Nanaimo (big box store and strip mall mecca) New West is a refreshing change and heaps more accessible.
Where else can one live in the Lower Mainland and get such easy access to a multitude of thoroughfares and bridges? (Not to mention SkyTrain.) As we are both self-employed, it’s important that the two of us waste as little time as possible getting to our clients. New West fits the bill and also offers surface street access just in case the freeway is clogged.
Apartments are still affordable
I just graduated college as a mature student and spent the equivalent of a house down payment on my education. Back to ‘square one’ financially, New West is the perfect place to be close to Vancouver without breaking the bank. Rent here is still reasonable and there are some nice, well-managed, well-maintained apartment buildings. As a bonus, we’re lucky enough to be in one that takes dogs so our Chihuahua can be here without us fearing eviction for harbouring a canine.
The first library in the province, this entertainment hub is well-stocked with DVDs, VHS movies, CDs, and books on tape. They boast a wonderful book collection, courteous and helpful staff, and a quiet place to study. This is a great way to avoid hooking up cablevision. The best part is the price: free.
Now that we’ve been back for three weeks, we’re settled in, and have already re-formed our routine of walking the neighbourhoods, greeting fellow pedestrians, and eyeing the heritage homes. Yay for New West! These two pigeons won’t be leaving the coop again anytime soon.