Architectural Treasure in Queen’s Park
Situated on just over a 1/4-acre in historic Queen’s Park, this one-of-a-kind home at 211 Queens Avenue was designed by architects Berwick and Pratt, who played a significant role in shaping Vancouver — and Canadian — architecture. Their award-winning firm, which was founded in 1908 and would become the official architecture firm of UBC, was the launchpad for renowned architects such as Arthur Erickson and Ron Thom. Like much of the duo’s later work, this bespoke home was designed with European modernism and colonial revival influences.
Built in 1941 for Richard ‘Ritchie’ Nelson of Nelson Brothers Fisheries, this one-of-a-kind home features more than 4,450 square feet of living space on three floors with an impressive floor plan that includes a spacious foyer with high ceiling and a Philippine mahogany banister that leads to an entertainment-sized living room with an impressive bay window and wood-burning fireplace.
The formal dining room, with its huge window and bench seat, is part of the completely transformed living space at the back of the house. Original windows bring light into the remodelled kitchen, which features custom cabinetry, porcelain heated floors, stainless steel appliances, custom quartz countertop, large centre island and adjoining TV room — it’s the perfect setup for today’s modern family. Also on the main: a powder room with in-floor heating, and a spacious den with original built-ins, a bay window and wood-burning fireplace.
Upstairs you’ll find a grand 338 square foot master suite with its own wood-burning fireplace and sitting area, built-ins and adjoining dressing room that leads to a spacious ensuite bathroom with pedestal sink, English tile, cast iron tub and walk-in shower. Down the hall are two more roomy bedrooms — including one with two walk-in closets and reading nook — and a second full bathroom.
There’s even more family living on the lower level, where the huge recreation room features a fourth fireplace along with the original built-in bar that has been reimagined with quartz surfacing, bar fridge, sink and flooring. Also on this level is a fourth bedroom, three-piece bath and new open concept kitchen and living area — perfectly private (and soundproofed) quarters for the nanny or a mortgage helper — with its own side entrance. A nod to the home’s heritage is the original coal chute, providing additional storage or maybe a wine cellar. The home has also been mechanically upgraded with new electrical throughout, energy efficient pot lighting and updated plumbing.
The grounds of the 75- x 146-foot lot feature mature gardens, a built-in irrigation system and a professionally landscaped park-like back yard that boasts three stone patios perfect for outdoor entertaining, including a private covered patio off the dining and living rooms. A large two-car garage with additional storage space and built-in work benches at the back of the property was constructed in 2011 and has lane access with room for two additional vehicles.
The 1941 R. H. Nelson House, on one of the most prestigious streets in New Westminster’s Queen’s Park, boasts a venerable Royal City pedigree. The next caretakers of this home will be thrilled to know the original blueprints and house plans are still intact and come with the house.
Don’t miss this chance to own a piece of New Westminster architectural history.
This home is ideally situated within walking distance of schools, shops, restaurants, theatres, parks, SkyTrain and so much more.
Showings by appointment – call Lori at 604-312-0738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this property.