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

23 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

Brand New Home. One Bedroom Suite - Townsite --...

Photo of Listing #420488

$455,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 1,909 ft²

Single Family

455 Sunderland Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #420488

Brand New Home. One Bedroom Suite - Townsite --- Near Nanaimo Hospital. Construction Began March 1st. 10 Year New Home Warrantee. Located On A No-thru Road, With Only 4 Other Homes On It, Backing Onto Bowen Park, In Central Nanaimo, Walking Distance To Down...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Gorgeous Harbour View Character Home In Corrido...

Photo of Listing #419532

$439,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.05 Acres
  • 2,527 ft²

Single Family

680 Terminal Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #419532

Gorgeous Harbour View Character Home In Corridor 2 Zoning With Great Exposure. Currently Operating As A Professional Office With Lots Of Parking. Looking For A Beautiful Character Home With Great Visibility To Run Your Business From? This Updated Gem Is Wor...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Opportunity For Work And Live Scenario In This ...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #411837

$439,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 3,903 ft²

Single Family

2137 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #411837

Opportunity For Work And Live Scenario In This Residential Home With Commercial Designation On Busy Nanaimo Thoroughfare. Community Corridor (cor3) Zoning Provides For A Wide Range Of Uses Intended To Meet The Day To Day Needs Of The Surrounding Community. ...

RE/MAX Jay Cousins Realty

Centrally Located Whole Duplexes Nestled On An ...

Photo of Listing #416727

$419,900 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.29 Acres
  • 2,636 ft²

Full Duplex

1811 Northfield Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #416727

Centrally Located Whole Duplexes Nestled On An Large Level Lot (80x160) With Private Treed Back Yard; Located Near Schools, Shopping Malls, Hospital, Bus Route And Easy Access To Bc Ferry Departure Bay Terminals And Both Island Highways. Each Side Offer 1,3...

Realty Executives Mid-Island

This Wonderful Family Home Is Centrally Located...

Photo of Listing #420934

$414,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 1,535 ft²

Single Family

2168 Lark Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #420934

This Wonderful Family Home Is Centrally Located And Close To All Amenities; Schools, Shopping, Buses And Sports Facilities. Recently Updated, With A Newer Roof, Flooring, Windows, Electrical, Flooring And Fixtures, This 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home Boasts An Inho...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Updated 5 Bedroom Home In Central Nanaimo. Here...

Photo of Listing #421294

$399,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 2,338 ft²

Single Family

2155 Duggan Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #421294

Updated 5 Bedroom Home In Central Nanaimo. Here Is A Fantastic Opportunity To Own This 2300 Sqft, 2 Level Residence Bordering Along Side Dedicated Park Land. The Lower Level Is Pre Plumbed For A Secondary Suite And Includes 2 Bedrooms. The Upper Level Featu...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This 2112 Sf Home Reflects Pride Of Ownership I...

Photo of Listing #420783

$369,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,112 ft²

Single Family

137 June Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #420783

This 2112 Sf Home Reflects Pride Of Ownership Inside And Out. The Main Level Offers A Spacious Living Room With Classic Brick Fireplace, Dining Room With Doors Onto The Rear Covered Deck, Kitchen With Sunny Decor, 4 Piece Main Bathroom, And Two Bedrooms Wit...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Here Is A Great Little Rental Or Starter Home. ...

Photo of Listing #417240

$319,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 1,728 ft²

Single Family

573 Rosehill Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #417240

Here Is A Great Little Rental Or Starter Home. Centrally Located And Close To Elementary Schools Make This Ideal For The First Time Home Buyer. There Is Even A Authorized Mortgage Helper In The Basement.

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Great Investment Property Or First Home. This P...

Photo of Listing #417208

$319,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 2,100 ft²

Single Family

310 Mt Benson Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #417208

Great Investment Property Or First Home. This Property Is Already Zoned R8 Medium Density Residential. Close To Downtown, The Sea Wall And All The Amenities.

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Updated Residence With Secondary Suite. Here Is...

Photo of Listing #420666

$315,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 1,890 ft²

Single Family

845 Moyse Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #420666

Updated Residence With Secondary Suite. Here Is A Fantastic Opportunity To Own This 4 Bedroom + Den Home Situated On A Large 9960 Sqft Lot & Located In Popular Central Nanaimo. This Home Has Received A Variety Of Updates & Quite Possibly The Perfect Home Fo...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Unit Offers...

Photo of Listing #420905

$259,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,259 ft²

Condo/Strata

2124 Bowen Road 230, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #420905

This Spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Unit Offers A Very Large Open Floor Plan With 9ft Ceilings. The Bright Living Room Separates The Two Bedrooms With Each Bedroom Having Their Own Bathroom. The Balcony Has Plenty Of Space For Your Bbq And Patio Furniture, ...

460 Realty Inc.

Great Starter Or Retirement Home In Ever Popula...

Photo of Listing #416534

$259,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 840 ft²

Single Family

1205 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #416534

Great Starter Or Retirement Home In Ever Popular Townsite. Some Of The Updates Over The Years Include Kitchen, Bathroom, Theropane Windows. Hot Water Tank Has Just Been Replaced. Gas Heat. Home Has Fir Flooring. You Will Love Sitting On The Front Or Back De...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

The boundaries of Central Nanaimo would vary according to who you ask - but the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board uses these boundaries:
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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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