Central Nanaimo Real Estate

To be "central" in Nanaimo means ultra-convenience. These neighbourhoods are within 9-10 minutes of just about any other point in the city, including:

  • The Island's biggest shopping mall
  • Historic Downtown Nanaimo
  • Trailheads for 1km-high Mt Benson
  • Kayak and paddleboard rentals
  • BC Ferries to Vancouver
  • Ferries for three other islands

You can read more below; or, here are homes for sale in Central Nanaimo:

Homes in Central Nanaimo

42 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

1.76 Acre River And Ocean View Development Site...

Photo of Listing #439858

$1,480,000 Active

  • 1.76 Acres


210 Caledonia Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #439858

1.76 Acre River And Ocean View Development Site. 40 Unit Condo Project Is Designed And Is Ready To Apply For Development Permit. Site Survey, Riparian Study, Environmental Study And Detailed Design Drawings Are All Done, And Geographic Report Is Ready To Be...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Development Opportunity In Central Nanaimo Loca...

Photo of Listing #438615

$1,100,000 Active

  • 0.45 Acres


1583 Bartlett Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #438615

Development Opportunity In Central Nanaimo Located Off Of Bowen Road, Close To All Amenities. Zoned R5 Multi Family. Property Is Level And Rectangular In Shape, 66 Ft By 300 Ft Totaling 19,800 Sq Ft. Bring Your Development Ideas! Density Is Needed Within Ar...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Investment Oppertunity!! A Package Of Four Stun...

Photo of Listing #442771

$960,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2,709 ft²


1801 Bowen Road 301-304, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #442771

Investment Oppertunity!! A Package Of Four Stunning Condo's Situated In Central Nanaimo These Third Floor Units Are Walking Distance From The Hospital, Grocery Stores, Coffee Shops And Pharmacies. It Is Close To The Bus Route Making Access Anywhere In Nanai...

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

Beautifully Renovated Two Storey, Fresh Modern ...

Photo of Listing #441011

$599,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.24 Acres
  • 2,192 ft²

Single Family

1613 Cormorant Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #441011

Beautifully Renovated Two Storey, Fresh Modern Paint Throughout, New Custom Kitchen With Gourmet Quartz Island, Quartz Countertops, Shaker Cabinets. New Lighting, Plumbing, Flooring, Bathroom Updates, Windows, Forced Air Heating System And Much More. Three ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Wonderful Family Home In An Excellent Central B...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #443125

$539,999 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 2,474 ft²

Single Family

1786 Latimer Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #443125

Wonderful Family Home In An Excellent Central But Quiet Location Is Awaiting Your Arrival! This Nearly 2500 Sqft, 5 Bed 3 Bath Home Is Well Appointed On A Quiet Cul-de-sac In A Family Friendly Neighbourhood. It Is Close To All Levels Of Schools, Shopping, M...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Single Family Dwelling Located In Central Nanai...

Photo of Listing #444342

$539,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 2,127 ft²

Single Family

1609 Cardinal Way, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #444342

Single Family Dwelling Located In Central Nanaimo! This Home Has A 1 Bedroom Basement Suite As A Mortgage Helper. The Exterior Of The Home Have Been Updated With Vinyl Siding, Newer Roof, Spacious Driveway For Parking, And Huge Backyard Fully Fenced For Act...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Two Legal Separate Lots "great Holding Property...

Photo of Listing #440702

$529,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 1,340 ft²

Single Family

1021 St David Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #440702

Two Legal Separate Lots "great Holding Property" With Revenue. Or Move In To This Lovely 3 Bedroom Rancher And Enjoy Until You Are Ready To Develop.

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

This Traditional Floor Plan Delivers A Layout W...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #441646

$525,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 2,418 ft²

Single Family

1910 Evergreen Way, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #441646

This Traditional Floor Plan Delivers A Layout With A Larger Living Room & Dining Room With An Open Kitchen, The Space Is A An Open Canvas Waiting For Your Update Ideas As All The Heavy Lifting Is Done.. Thermal Windows And Roof In 2006 And Loads Of Potentia...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

House With A Suite, Plus A Huge 3 Bay Detached ...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #443368

$524,899 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 2,776 ft²

Single Family

1637 Waddington Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #443368

House With A Suite, Plus A Huge 3 Bay Detached Shop!! This Well Maintained 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom Home, Plus A Self-contained 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom Suite Is Not To Be Missed! Centrally Located, This Property Is Close To Many Excellent Amenities, Including Br...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Exceptional Character Home In A Great Central L...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #442248

$519,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 1,850 ft²

Single Family

1232 Nelson Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #442248

Exceptional Character Home In A Great Central Location.close To Hospital, Schools, Ferry And Shopping. Numerous Updates And Beautiful Features. Upper Level Has European Style Windows Which Provide Excellent Visibility To Wonderful Private Backyard. Bright O...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Welcome To This Classic 5 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom F...

Photo of Listing #444819

$509,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 2,109 ft²

Single Family

1649 Bob O Link Way, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #444819

Welcome To This Classic 5 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Family Home In A Quiet Central Neighborhood. The Kitchen Has Been Fully Renovated With Beautiful Wood Cabinets, A Huge Island That Overlooks The Living Dining Area, Finished With Gleaming Quartz Countertops And ...

460 Realty Inc.

Central Nanaimo Home With Suite And Newer Detac...

Photo of Listing #444307

$499,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,954 ft²

Single Family

601 Morpeth Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #444307

Central Nanaimo Home With Suite And Newer Detached Double Garage On A Corner Lot! This Home Offers A Total Of 4 Bedrooms And Den And 2 Bathrooms Over 1954 Sqft Of Living Space. This Home Is Well Laid Out With 3 Bedrooms And 1 Bathroom On The Main Level. Liv...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

The boundaries of Central Nanaimo would vary according to who you ask - but the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board uses these boundaries:
The length of Northfield to the Parkway ; south to the Millstream (Pryde Vista) ; downstream to Quarterway ; following Bowen Rd down to Wall St ; jump over the curling rink to Barsby Park ; down to the Pearson St Bridge ; north on the Island Highway back to Northfield.

Central Nanaimo from space

Central Nanaimo Amenities

Terminal Park mall is just across the highway from Central Nanaimo - the mall has an excellent trio of boutique shops all close together: a fish market, a popular family-owned specialty meat shop, and a bakery. AND a liquor store.

On the other side of the area is the Bowen Road corridor, which includes a lot of strip malls. There is the Country Grocer supermarket, the amazing Arbutus Distillery, a veterinary hospital, two Vietnamese restaurants, a Korean barbecue, Greek, more bakeries, specialty meats, fish and chips, drug store, haircutters, women's gym, furniture boutiques and barns, thrift stores, and much more.

The Landlubber Pub, Windward Pub, and Quarterway Hotel (and pub) are all popular meeting places in the area.

Parks and Rec

Central Nanaimo Neighbourhoods & Home Styles

There's been a big explosion of homes in this area, including large clean apartment buildings with amazing mountain views, and affordable new-construction houses and townhomes on smaller lots, convenient to everything.

Hospital Area

The "hospital area" is roughly in the centre of Central Nanaimo. Named for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (the busiest hospital on The Island), this area has some nice family-oriented neighbourhoods, as well as some more run-down ones. I'd be happy to discuss the differences with anyone who needs information for choosing the best area!

Quarterway and Townsite Rd West

 South of the hospital are the Townsite and Quarterway areas. These include some older neighbourhoods from the early 20th century (Quarterway is so named for being a quarter way along the old 1800s road from Nanaimo to Wellington). Some beautiful old homes are here, especially near Townsite Rd and the Pryde Vista golf course near Buttertubs Marsh. There are some older and newer apartment units

Northfield West

The western ends of Boxwood Rd and Meredith Rd - just south of the old Northfield School - seems quite peaceful despite being near the Parkway and a light industrial park. There are some gorgeous views of Mt Benson, here.

In recent years, this space between the corridors of Bowen Rd and the Nanaimo Parkway has been getting snatched up; there is very little left undeveloped.

Home types:

  • New apartment buildings
  • Medium-sized '80s-'90s homes on 7500-8500 sqft lots
  • Some homes on large parcels
  • Houses on ~5250sqft strata lots

Meredith Road Area

This area between the hospital and Northfield Rd, stretching west to Bowen Rd, is generally quiet and family-oriented. Most homes were built in the '70s-'80s, aside from some newer ones in the area west of Woodlands School.

Median lot sizes seem to be about 7500-8000 square feet, though there are some sized 10,000 and even 12,000.

Much of this area feels separated from the retail and service corridors, which is nice for drivers, but not always for pedestrians - but the #3 bus (hospital) does run through here.

Strathmore, Waddington, Millstone

From the old Woodlands High School, east to the highway and then south past St George St almost to Townsite Rd, there is a well-kept but unpretentious neighbourhood comprised mainly of homes built 1960-1990. There are some well-built 1940s-era homes nearer the southern reaches of this stretch, getting even older (for some homes) nearer Mansfield Park and Millstone Ave.

Much of this area is just across the highway from Terminal Park mall and Brooks Landing mall, convenient to the appealing ravine trail of Beach Estates Park as well as the E&N Trailway that appeals to cyclists and joggers. Bowen Park is also just 3-20 minutes' walk away, depending on your starting point.

Boundary Crescent to Holly Avenue (Townsite)

While the far western end of Townsite Rd is characterized by new and old apartments near to Quarterway (see above), and the eastern reach of Townsite is a semi-luxurious drop to the ocean among early-century monster houses, the area in between is what is most commonly referred to when someone says "the Townsite area". There are some beautiful character homes here (as well as everyone's favourite arbutus tree), but some parts of this neighbourhood are considered to be a bit dodgy.

DIV: Townsite is named for the site of "Newcastle Town", a prestigious residential suburb in the early 20th century. It's the area close to the ocean, near the White Spot restaurant.

Satellite map showing location of Central Nanaimo and nearby landmarks

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