In 1894, a gentleman began to build wooden fishing boats which eventually lead to the incorporation of Wallace Shipyards which began to establish new and larger shipyards at the foot of what is now Lonsdale Avenue. Throughout the First and Second World War, the shipyards were contracted to construct numerous naval vessels including destroyer class ships. In 1921, the Wallace Shipyards becomes the Burrard Dry Dock Company and proved to be the busiest Canadian shipyard during the Second World War having produced more than 100 warships. The Vancouver Drydock is still in operation today, as is the Victoria Shipyard which is a part of Seaspan Marine Corporation.
Lower Lonsdale is named as such as it encompasses the lower portion of the major North Vancouver Avenue named Lonsdale. Lower Lonsdale runs down from Keith Road to the waterfront community hub known as the Lonsdale Quay. This area has seen a lot of change as the former shipyards are being dismantled and transformed into new public spaces, as well as residential and commercial developments.
During the 1990’s, the City of North Vancouver made the decision to transform the community of Lower Lonsdale by redeveloping much of the former industrial shipyards into multi-family developments in the area between 3rd Street and the waterfront. During this transformation, the area has seen many new restaurants and retail shops popping up to accommodate the growing population of this thriving community. The area along Lonsdale is now home to numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, professional and medical services, and provides the services necessary to support its population.
The community of Lower Lonsdale falls into both the Carson Graham and the Sutherland School Catchments depending on which area you reside. Visit our Compare North Vancouver Schools webpage to get some more information on how schools rank within the province.
Lower Lonsdale Market Statistics for 2013:Number of Attached Properties (Condos, Townhouses, Duplexes) Sold: 314
Average Listing Price: $504,085
Average Sold Price: $490,755
Average Days on Market: 91.9
Average Size of Homes: 1000.08 Square Feet
Average Age of Homes: 19 Years Old
Average Sold Price per Square Foot: 487.2
Average Number of Bedrooms: 1.85
Average Number of Bathrooms: 1.73
Number of Detached Properties (Single Family Houses) Sold: 17
Average Listing Price: $1,137,700
Average Sold Price: $1,108,113
Average Days on Market: 87.2
Average Size of Homes: 2773 Square Feet
Average Age of Homes: 51 Years Old (estimated)
Average Number of Bedrooms: 4.2
Average Number of Bathrooms: 3.8
Walkscore for Lower Lonsdale: 93 (“Walker’s Paradise”)
Transitscore for Lower Lonsdale: 60 (“Good Transit”),
239 Capilano University/Park Royal, 242 Upper Lonsdale/Vancouver, 229 Phibbs Exchange/Lonsdale Quay, 230 Upper Lonsdale/Lonsdale Quay, N24 Downtown/Lynn Valley Nightbus, 231 Harbourside/Lonsdale Quay, 236 Grouse Mountain/Lonsdale Quay, 246 Lonsdale Quay/Highland/Vancouver, 228 Lynn Valley/Lonsdale Quay, Seabus