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LINK: The Lower Mainland has a new neighbourhood darling


At the New Westminster Quay Market, a photographic silk-screened montage by artist Ed Pien depicts idyllic scenes from the banks of the adjacent Fraser River. Billowing elegantly over the top of an escalator, the work is called New Paradise.


While that may be an ambitious moniker for the city of 66,000 at the geographic centre of the Lower Mainland, it is certainly becoming the region’s new real estate darling.


Affordability is a huge factor, as homes here are often $200 less per square foot than in Vancouver, and $100 less per square foot than in Burnaby – where Metrotown development has accelerated residential real estate prices. And at only 15 square kilometres, with an intact, largely Edwardian...

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